Pakistani Players in Foreign Leagues: Days after restricting players to three NOCs annually, the Pakistan Cricket Board is experiencing a major setback. The likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi would no longer be accepted by IPL franchises with teams in the UAE T20 League and South Africa T20 League. The IPL club owners declined due to the difficulties in obtaining Pakistani players as well as their fear of reprisals from Indian fans.
“No, we are not looking for players from Pakistan. Players from Pakistan face far too many challenges. In order to get them on board and grant them NOC, it is first difficult to negotiate with the board. The resultant backlash follows. A franchise official with teams in both the UAE and South Africa leagues said, “I don’t think any supporters in India will be satisfied with their playing for us.
- Why do IPL franchises not want Pakistani players in the CSA T20 League?
- IPL teams are concerned about Indian fan anger.
- The issue with NOC is another obstacle to attracting Pakistani athletes.
- Aside from PSL, PCB grants Babar Azam & Co. three NOCs annually.
- Babar Azam was passed over at The Hundred draught because of this.
- The PCB might refuse to give them a NOC because the PSL is scheduled to start just after the UAE T20 League and could conflict with the CSA T20 League.
- However, the UAE League team sponsored by the Glazers family is now in talks with Pakistani athletes.
However, it is not just one franchise; all IPL club owners have chosen to overlook some of the top Pakistani athletes. A team in the UAE league’s IPL franchise announced they are not considering any players from Pakistan.
Every firm has a lot on the line because it’s an investment. Nobody wants to offend the consumers’ feelings. In this instance, Indian fans make up the bulk of our clientele. We have made the decision not to seek out Pakistani talent. The best players in the world are there, but it’s not in our best interests.