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National cricket team's salaries held as PCB, players at odds over contract clauses

To enter draft for foreign leagues, payers must first obtain an NOC from cricketing body

By Abdul Majid Bhatti
September 16, 2023
View of the PCB headquarters in Lahore. — AFP/File
View of the PCB headquarters in Lahore. — AFP/File

KARACHI: The Pakistan national men's side players and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee have been at odds over certain clauses of the central contracts for the past two and a half months, because of which the players are yet to be paid, Daily Jang reported on Saturday.

The two sides are disputing over new conditions in the proposed contracts that prohibit players from entering foreign leagues and personal contracts or any commercial deals without informing the PCB.

According to the rules stipulated in the new contracts, in order to enter the draft for foreign leagues, the payers must first obtain an NOC from the cricketing body.

Moreover, sources say that the PCB has proposed that it may withdraw the NOCs of foreign leagues at any time; however, it will not compensate for the losses incurred. Moreover, players have been instructed to share the leagues' contracts with the PCB.

The new contracts also place a strict requirement to keep matters confidential from the media, while players have been instructed to play all domestic tournaments.

Members of the national team will also be required to make five commercials with PCB sponsors which will be five hours each.

According to the documents available with Daily Jang, the captain and vice-captain will also participate in giving NOC for foreign leagues along with the chief selector.

A senior PCB official currently in Colombo told the publication that there have been several rounds between senior players and officials and the contracts will be announced after the Asia Cup.

However, the players say things are not simple and PCB officials are also bitter. Both sides are trying to reason with each other indirectly through social media.