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Absence of Pakistanis in T10 league would trigger ‘ serious damage ‘, ECB to PCB

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has protested the decision of the PCB not to allow players from Pakistan to take part in the T10 League. Many reports indicate that, at least according to the PCB, the board trustee, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan, took the decision to withdraw the NOCs.

Originally the PCB allowed players to be drafted in the league, but last week the permission was unexpectedly revoked. In a statement, the PCB said the decision had been made to “manage the workload of the players, continue to work on their fitness levels to ensure their players ‘ primacy and participation in their premier Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.” The decision is a major blow to this T10 tournament season, scheduled to start on November 15, featuring 16 top players from Pakistan.

ECB vice-president Khalid Al Zarooni sent out a letter to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani last week saying that the decision would directly hurt the stakes of the UAE government in the tournament and advised the Pakistani board to change its mind. It is suspected that Mani told the vice-president of the ECB on the phone about the role of the prime minister in the decision. He also urged the ECB, through a senior UAE official, to engage directly with Khan to find a resolution. The ECB is believed to consider its choices, including raising the issue of government interference with the ICC in the PCB’s affairs.

“We are extremely concerned by this late decision and are surprised to see that the decision has been taken without engaging any of the Abu Dhabi T10 league or Emirates Cricket Board members,”

Zarooni’s letter

Since the latter came into being two years ago, the PCB and T10 league had a troubled history. Last season, the PCB held back the NOCs of the players until the last minute after Mani raised concerns about the patterns of ownership and sponsorship of the league.

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