From Abid Usman
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed a modified No Objection (NOC) policy for centrally and domestically contracted players.
According to NOC policy, now all the national cricketers are allowed to play only four international leagues including the Pakistan Super League(PSL). The PCB has confirmed the renewed policy was approved by the Board of Governors during their 57th meeting, subject to minor changes.
Initial feedback and assessment of NOC requests will come through the International Cricket Operations department and national head coach/team management, who will carry out due diligence with respect to player workload and international commitments. As per NOC policies around the world, the Chief Executive of the Board will then be the final approving authority at the final stage of the process.
The domestic players contracted by the Cricket Associations will be required to directly approach their respective associations for any NOC approvals in the first instance. Input and feedback will then be sought from the cricket operations department, before moving to the last stage of the approval process.
For domestic players, who don’t feature in red-ball cricket but are white-ball regulars, it is has been made mandatory for them to commit to domestic 50-over and 20-over competitions in order to be eligible for NOCs.
As per the ICC regulations, both inactive and retired cricketers will require NOCs from the PCB for ICC approved events. However, the PCB will issue NOCs to players who have been retired for 24 months or more, unless there are compelling reasons which the PCB will have to provide in writing.