Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 16, 2013

No Pakistan players in BPL


None of the 26 Pakistan players auctioned in this season's Bangladesh Premier League will take part in the Twenty20 competition after the PCB refused to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs).

The seven franchises will now have to hastily replace the cricketers in less than two days as the tournament begins on January 18. But the PCB's stance is seen here as a backhanded victory for the BCB who now have a justification not to tour Pakistan, a tour they originally cancelled on December 31 due to security concerns, as this was used as the main cause of disagreement between the two boards.

"A little while ago, we received a phone call from their COO Subhan Ahmed saying that if we don't send the Bangladesh team on tour to Pakistan, they won't give NOCs to their players to participate in the BPL," the BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "We will hold the tournament without their participation and it will start as per schedule, the opening ceremony on January 17 and the matches beginning on January 18."

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that the PCB knowingly waited till the last minute to inform them of the decision. "I couldn't imagine that they could deliberately wait for so long, a day before the opening ceremony, to inform us that they won't give the NOCs.

"There are many Pakistani cricketers who were bought in the auction so to have all of them pull out at the last minute is a problem for us."

Hassan said that the action by the PCB has given the BCB free reign on deciding to tour Pakistan, which they will not do without a second trip by a security team.

"We are no longer in a hurry. We were under tremendous pressure, so now we have some breathing space. Just before the start of a tournament, they have taken such a tough stance without any prior notice knowing that it would throw the organisation into jeopardy.

"We will now decide on the sort of response regarding Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan. It is not possible for us to commit to a tour without an inspection, and we will not be cowed down by any preconditions."

The franchises were informed on Tuesday evening of the situation, but the official word on the matter was only confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon after a final phone call from the PCB. Khulna will be the most severely hit as they have to replace Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Awais Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Bilawal Bhatti and they have already begun the process. The other six franchises have also been hit with Dhaka Gladiators being the least affected as they only lost Shahid Afridi.

Yunus explained that each team will put forward names to replace their Pakistan players and will be helped by the BPL governing council to contact them and seek NOCs. In the event of a dispute if a player is sought by more than one franchise, it will be decided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

"The teams are giving us names and we are giving approvals," he said. "Clause 4.4 says that if a player doesn't get an NOC he can be replaced. This replacement can be from within the list of unsold players from the auction or even from outside, for example we are talking to Kieron Pollard. We are trying to bring players from four or five other countries.

"Except for one or two players, most of the replacements are at a par with the Pakistan players. It is troublesome for the franchises, but we are taking it as a challenge. We are ready to face it."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 19, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    @ruffi: 1st class league or 100th class doesn't make a difference, fact and I'm sure you and everyone else is aware that this league has given our players tremendous amount of CONFIDENCE and learn a few things and made our International team a lot lot better. Yes still a minnow team but improvement wise its hard to resist from you fans which is why you are doing anything you can to downgrade it but it doesn't and won't work but good luck :)

  • rauf on January 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    its good decision that pakistan is not sending their player to this 3rd class league it is better pakistan play with the afgan team. BPL is low standerd league you can not get any experience from this league only you can learn to lose the game like bangladash lose in every match

  • Nesar on January 18, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    BD has already started implementing vision 2020, by that time PAK will be a complete Taliban country and part of IND bordering with PAK will be engulfed by them. All the big industries and foreign investment will move to Bangla. Even you'll keep producing quality first bowlers and BPL will buy and allow them to play with proper clothing. @memon, don't cry by that time BCB will definitely pay PCB the commitment cost with interest!

  • dhk on January 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    According to ICC commitment and fixture, there were some matches for Pakistan in 2011 World Cup. But no match held due to security issue. It means that a written commitment is negligible matter when we compare it with human life.

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    if BCB doesn't know what written commitment stands in eyes of law....than u must need to take a serious advise from Ur legal adviser...about what repercussions can be if PCB decided to file case against BCB for recovery of all necessary expanses and losses occurred as result a result of default on the part of BCB in fulfilling its written commitment

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    its not your head ache whether PCB allows or not...written commitment by BCB created a valid legal expectation on their part(BCB) towards PCB. if bangladesh board doesnot fullfill this commitment than Pakistan cricket board must file case against BCB for full recovry of expenditures solely encured for fulfilling the commitment and losses occured such lose of broadcasting rights ,lose of revenue along with any expenditure encured during legal proceding as a result of default on part of BCB...

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Although PCB has given a hard blow 2 BCB would have been a severe blow had PCB demanded 100% payments to players in advance and then deciding not to give NOC to Pakistani players....rather than simply not giving NOC .

    our national commitment comes first..we pakistani fans(my prespective) would like 2 watch test matches between pakistan and south-africa rather than boring BPL... PCB is launching its own super league...BCB keep ur money wid urself u'll need it badly 2 find new players

  • Hrln on January 18, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    @ Naseer-shah, are you serious ? Are you telling that Pakistan lost the match to help Bangladesh get test status ? Why the hell on this earth Pakistani fans feel that no team can win against them ? Why you always discredit other's victories by saying that Pakistan players deliberatly let you win !!! This is the story everytime Pakistan looses. This is disgusting to hear all this.

  • ali on January 17, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    great dicision by pcb......pakistan always helps bangladesh in bad times but bangladesh never...i am very happy happy with this decision by pcb.

  • Muhammad Nayab on January 17, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    to alll Bangali FANS well when at ASIA CUP final we won and when I saw tears in your eyes I said to my mom If I had knew this will happen I dont feel bad even if Pak lose. But after the tournament BCB start to making childish acts like PAK should be penalized and we should be awarded 5 runs and this will make us champions of ASIA Then your BOARD'S chairman was nominated by PCB as vice president of ICC and your beloved BCCI said that there is no need of this post but PCB oppose(allong with other contareis) and again you act like childs you did not full fill your agreement ,, Or you should not fisrt make promises at the end BCB needs to growUp.. its not the fault of BD team its your poor mangment or weak BOARD..

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