Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a review on their existing stance over players' availability for the T20 leagues around the world.
Earlier in the year, citing workload management and fitness concerns to key players, PCB restricted its players’ participation to one league other than its own Pakistan Super League (PSL).
One of the major obstacles to the international game is the flowering of so many T20 leagues these days. Players are now contemplating retiring early for their country and featuring in them to earn quick and easy money. But to blame the cricketers for the situation would be wrong. A professional has a limited shelf life and he/she will have to make the most out of it. This is where the administrators need to have a vision and must strive to balance the interest of everyone.
On the whole alarming issue, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani was quoted saying, “I didn't understand the rationale on what basis we committed our players for the leagues, The main criteria, which I understand, was that how much money PCB gets and how much players will get."
“But they (the previous setup of the PCB) did not look at the players’ workload. So I will examine all the leagues in which Pakistan players participate. We need to do the due diligence in whichever leagues we are participating whether they are credible or not.” he added.
The other concern of the PCB is the rightfulness of leagues like T10 and the planned UAE T10x. Amidst speculations of wrong-doings and corruption, the board wants an assurance from ICC on these competitions' fairness.
Mani said, “I am holding back my position (on T10) until I get full satisfaction... so I have requested the ICC to look into it again. I need assurances from the ICC because they have sanctioned it.”
(Inputs from AFP)