The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is bothered with the progress of India’s ownership across various franchise T20 Leagues globally as it could leave their players out of opportunities. A report by ESPNcricinfo has claimed that investment by the world’s biggest T20 cricket league, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners in new T20 leagues starting in South Africa and the UAE has disturbed the PCB that had led them to worry about the future of their players and the board itself.
In the IPL, after the inaugural edition in 2008, Pakistan players had been banned due to deteriorating political relations between the two countries.
Last week in the auction for the inaugural SA20, interestingly not a single Pakistani player was featured. SA20 has six teams bought by IPL franchise owners. Similarly, in the UAE’s ILT20, only Azam Khan was picked by the American-owned club ‘Desert Vipers’. Five of the six teams in ILT20 are owned by the Indian franchises and none of them features a Pakistani player.
PCB Chairperson Ramiz Raza has expressed concerns regarding the future of Pakistan Cricket. The PCB is in talks with other cricket boards to sign reciprocal No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) to give Pakistan players the possibility to feature in foreign franchise tournaments. Furthermore, the PCB would grant foreign players a chance to feature in Pakistan Super League (PSL).
These tournaments also pose monetary impacts on PCB as the salaries of players take a hit as they will be missing out on a large sum of income they could possibly stand a chance to get.
However, the arrival of SA20 and the ILT20 could have a negative impact on the PSL. Also, the ever-dropping Pakistan rupee against the US dollar is another reason affecting PSL as the overseas participants in the league are paid in US dollars.
However, the PCB is optimistic to have multiple leading overseas players in PSL next year.
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