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English players warned off Pakistan Super League

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January 20, 2013

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The Pakistan Super League is set to become the latest money-spinning Twenty20 competition but English players have again be warned against participating.

The PSL is scheduled to be launched on March 26 and could be worth more than $100 million according to organisers but the Professional Cricketers Association, England's players' union, is reported to have "grave concerns" about security in Pakistan. It has contacted each county asking them to refuse to issue No Objection Certificates - which would deny players permission to take part.

"Our advice is that players should not take part in the PSL," PCA chief executive, Angus Porter, told the Mail on Sunday. "I'm certain England will not issue No Objection Certificates to their centrally contracted players."

The PCA also expressed apprehension over the Bangladesh Premier League but several English players have been involved in the first two editions. Worries over payment guarantees haven't deterred the likes of Joe Denly, the Middlesex batsman, who had his county's backing to take up an offer to join Barisal Burners earlier in the week. Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah and Phil Mustard are among other English players at the BPL.

But counties have been less inclined to allow their players permission to play in the IPL, which clashes with the start of the English season. Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel were all told by Nottinghamshire they could not take part if they were bought by a franchise. Monty Panesar does have permission to enter the player auction from Sussex.

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Posted by PakoP on (January 22, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

188 Million Pakistanis, DO NOT NEED OUTSIDERS to attract audience.

Competition against Provinces and companies is enough for PSL to Excel.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

@aura 123. I think u don't understand English. Anyways FYI even a blind can see the difference between the internal security of two countries. I compared BPl with PSL and Not respective teams. I still say BPl is better as success of such leagues partly depends on foreign players which will always be miss in PSL

Posted by raheelrhl2 on (January 21, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

I understand there are going to be 5 teams and in semi just 1 team gets eliminated?

Posted by joelucky on (January 21, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Hasn't the PCB leant any lessons from the after effects of the IPL on Indian cricket. It's getting harder to find players of true test caliber now, since everyone is only interested in wild slogging for T-20. The same could happen for Pakistan resulting in a decline in the performances in test cricket. It is understood that they are trying to get international cricket back to the country, but this is an undesirable side effect that they need to consider.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 21, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

@ Imsrk. Your comments are not based on solid ground, you are just commenting which show you don't have cricketing knowledge so i don't want to waste my time arguing with you. Even a blind can see the difference between Pak and BD ( no offence to BD brothers) cricketing history and quality of players.

Posted by Fearless_Greens on (January 21, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

First of all this league can not be compared with any other cricket league. PSL has its own special conditions, most important of them is the security. Therefore comparing the success of PSL with IPL or BBL will be like comparing oranges with apples. For me, as a Pakistani, the success of PSL means no hiccup, no terrorist attack and no controversy. PCB is using PSL to bring cricket back to the country. Any foreign player joining us will be a plus. Similarly if no foreign player joins us then still its not a big deal. The PSL is more important for the Pakistani fans and cricketers than anyone else. PCB must keep PSL in Pakistan and should not move it to UAE.

Posted by lut4rahman on (January 21, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

i want all the boards stop giving NOC for PSL same as they did to BPL:)

Posted by harshalb on (January 21, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Why PCA wants countries to deny the no obj certs to players. Aren't players supposed to decide? I would like all the current Indian players to participate. That way India can get rid of them.

Posted by afaqmalik1 on (January 21, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@Prats6: I undisputedly, honestly and absolutely agree with you in this point mate. There is no need of arranging such a league which rusts the skills of players. Being a cricket fan, i find greater charm in the test and ODIs rather than T20s. Arranging these leagues are surely going to take the advantage of consistency and this is what i am sure the Pakistani Fans would not like.

Posted by GreenSoldier_Pak on (January 21, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

I think the Cricket Boards should leave it to the players to decide whether they want to take part in a league or not, because I am pretty sure they are mature enough to understand the pros and cons of signing for a league. The Boards can only intervene if a certain league is clashing with either their own league or with their team's international tour. And supposedly quite a lot of players are interested in PSL so why stop them from playing. If Zaka Ashraf's PCB guarantees safety then I am sure there won't be any issues InshaAllah. And as far as us fans are concerned, we will pack the stadiums, don't worry about that :)

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