The Pakistan Cricket Board has presented show-cause notices to Pakistani players playing in the minor leagues in the USA without the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC). The PCB has taken these steps after Test player Fawad Alam shifted to the States to play cricket and eventually settle down in the country.
Like Alam, several Pakistan internationals have been playing in the USA. But in the recent Houston Open Tournament, players like Sohaib Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Aarish Ali, Hussain Talat, Ali Shafiq, Imad Butt, Usman Shanwari, Umaid Asif, Zeeshan Ashraf, Saif Badar, Mukhtar Ahmed, and Nauman Anwar have participated without receiving any NOC from PCB. Similarly, participants in the ongoing Minor League, including Salman Arshad, Mussadiq Ahmed, Imran Khan Junior, Ali Nasir, and Hussain Talat, also don’t have the necessary permissions.
Hence the PCB had previously implemented a stipulation of $10,000 for the NOC of a player before taking part in foreign leagues. However, the teams in the USA Minor League have been reluctant to make such a heavy payment. While players like Fawad Alam, Hassan Khan, Asif Mahmood, Mir Hamza, Sharjeel Khan, and Anwar Ali have obtained NOCs from the board.
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Addressing this situation a well-informed source from PCB, as quoted by PTI, stated, “Besides the minor league, other cricket matches and tournaments are held year-round, especially at long weekends and players remain busy with playing and coaching. And with the launch of the USA Major League USA is now a feasible destination for some Pakistani players who are overlooked at home.”