Pak­istan withdraws play­ers from Abu Dhabi T10, but Afridi set to play

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The Pak­istan cricket board (PCB) re­voked the ‘no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates’ it had given to its con­tracted play­ers to fea­ture in next month’s Abu Dhabi T10, cit­ing work­load man­age­ment and pri­macy of do­mes­tic cricket as the rea­sons.

In a huge blow to the tour­na­ment, no Pak­istan player – apart from the re­tired Shahid Afridi and Im­ran Nazir – will fea­ture in the 10-over tour­na­ment to be held in the cap­i­tal from Novem­ber 15-24.

Ex­plain­ing their de­ci­sion, the PCB said that as they have lined up a fit­ness camp ahead of the next round of first-class matches, mon­i­tor­ing the work­load of play­ers was im­per­a­tive. “To man­age the play­ers’ work­load, con­tin­ued work on their fit­ness lev­els as well as to en­sure pri­macy and par­tic­i­pa­tion of play­ers in its premier Quaide-Azam tro­phy, the PCB has re­voked con­di­tional NOCs of its play­ers to fea­ture in the T10 tour­na­ment,” the board said in a state­ment.

“The fit­ness and med­i­cal as­sess­ment camp will be held at the Na­tional Cricket Academy from Novem­ber 13-25, while the sev­enth and 10th round matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Tro­phy will be played be­tween Novem­ber 11-De­cem­ber 5 ... the de­ci­sion has been made in the best in­ter­est of the play­ers as well as to con­tinue to en­hance the cred­i­bil­ity and rep­u­ta­tion of the new do­mes­tic struc­ture.”

Among those who will no longer be a part of Abu Dhabi T10 are Mo­hammed Amir (Team Abu Dhabi), Mo­hammed Hafeez (Qa­lan­dars), Shoaib Ma­lik (Delhi Bulls) and Wa­hab Riaz (North­ern War­riors).

The with­drawal of the ‘NOC’ means only two out of the 19 Pak­istani play­ers picked will play in the tour­na­ment.

The de­ci­sion came even as the league or­gan­is­ers had de­cided to ex­tend an op­por­tu­nity to am­a­teurs to be a part of the eight fran­chises through a in­no­va­tive se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure us­ing a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion.

Crick­eters can cre­ate on­line pro­files and up­load videos of their per­for­mances – bowl­ing, bat­ting, wicket-keep­ing or field­ing – through an app from UAE-based dig­i­tal plat­form Dream­s2Play. The pro­files will be judged by a panel of ICC-ap­proved coaches.

Dream­s2Play will then de­liver a list of around 100 play­ers for a spe­cial player draft where each of the eight teams must pick one or two names.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.dream­s2play.com.

An­tonie Robert­son / The Na­tional

The T10 League will hold a spe­cial draft to pick am­a­teurs from a short­list us­ing a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion

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