Central contract-winning players in action in Sindh Premier League, PSL franchises unhappy

PCB released central contract cricketers for the Sindh League against written assurance; earlier, the board itself had prohibited its contracted players from participating in such leagues.

  The Sindh Premier League is currently underway in Karachi, with several central contracted players of PCB, including Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Tayyab Tahir, participating. Interestingly, the board had earlier banned its contracted players from participating in such leagues. This matter came to light a few years ago when Wasim Khan was the CEO.

On July 7, 2021, he confirmed to the PSL franchises via email that none of the contracted players would participate in such leagues. When the PSL teams expressed concern about the participation of central contract players in the SPL on October 6, 2023, League Commissioner Naila Bhatti informed through email that the management committee has decided that any central contract winning player will not participate in the Sindh League.

Players busy with domestic cricket or PCB duties will also not be available for the event. Also, no franchise can use a half-name similar to a PSL team name. The board will monitor the anti-corruption issues, and the timing of the event will also be considered. However, many claims remain unfulfilled as several central contracted players are still participating in the Sindh Premier League.

Due to this, the board has also postponed the final of its departmental first-class president trophy tournament. Now, the election day for the final has been announced, but that, too, will have to be changed. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to begin in less than two weeks. The disgruntled franchisees plan to protest against the breach of this promise to the PCB. Players demanding huge fees in PSL are currently involved in action in Karachi over low wages.

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