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No Big Bash for Afridi, Ajmal and Umar Akmal, says PCB

Umar Farooq

November 15, 2012

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Shahid Afridi celebrates a catch in customary style, Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, BBL 2011-12, Melbourne, January 7, 2012
Shahid Afridi was set to turn out for a new BBL franchise this season, in Sydney Thunder © Getty Images
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The PCB has denied Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi permission to play this season's Big Bash League (BBL), the Australia Twenty20 league, to ensure the trio's participation in their domestic Twenty20 tournament ahead of the tour of India. Akmal had signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi would have moved from Melbourne Renegades to Sydney Thunder.

The PCB had earlier issued the players No Objection Certificates to play in the BBL that begins on December 7. The PCB's national T20 championship is set to be played between December 2 and 10, and will be followed by a week-long conditioning camp before the team leaves for India on December 22.

Ajmal and Akmal, who signed with their respective BBL teams earlier this month, had not played in the league's inaugural edition. Afridi had moved to Thunder during the transfer window in July. In the last season, for Renegades, while he did not have much of an impact with the bat - he made 69 in four innings - he was their leading wicket-taker, with 10 scalps at 20.80 apiece.

Sydney Thunder will now move to find a replacement for Afridi. The franchise's general manager, John Dyson, said he was disappointed with this late development: "Afridi is one of the most exciting and popular T20 players in the world. It is a pity that our Thunder supporters, many of whom follow Afridi closely, will miss out on seeing him first hand this season at our home ground."

Adelaide Strikers have also begun the hunt for Ajmal's replacement. "We've already started hunting for an international replacement and, let me assure you, there are some really exciting prospects out there, " Jamie Cox, SACA's Director of Cricket, said. "Once we've finalised Ajmal's replacement, Striker fans will be the first to know."

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Posted by spellbinder76 on (November 18, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Players like Saeed Ajmal, Afridi and Umar Akmal are an assett for Pakistan cricket. This is Pakistan's beaurecracy at its worst. These three players should ignore the ban and go to Australia. PCB will be loser as these players are good crowd pullers with a high ranking in ICC. Why can't someone challange the appointment of Zaka ashraf as chairman and Asif Ali Zardari as patron-in-chief of PCB. The past cricketers with knowledge of cricket should run the affairs of cricket in Pakistan.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 18, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Afridi should start coming as a top-order batsmen and bat with patience to get his belated rhythm back. My preferred ODI Team VS INDIA would be :

1. Mohammed Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Naser Jamshed 5. Umar Akmal 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Hammad Azam 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammed Sami

Posted by   on (November 18, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Pakistan and Australia has similar cricket and anytime Austaralia wants Pak players it is great for Pakistan to play with explosive Australian players and their bouncy pitches. They have great choice of three Pak players all are popular with world cricket crowd. I myself is Pakistani but love to watch my favorite Australian players Shane Watson the great, Cameron White, Micheal Hussy, Rickey Pointing . These are unbelievable gifts for world of cricket lovers

Posted by dmuzaf on (November 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

I think Pakistan should force its batsmen to attend events like the BBL so they can learn to play on fast, bouncy and/or seaming wickets. Our batsmen have pathetic technique and temperment which comes entirely from playing on the dead wickets we produce at home.

Posted by wasim_007 on (November 17, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

50-50....Domestic competition has it's own importance also...I wish Afridi Open inning for his team and get the rhythm....Love you LALA...please don't bow down and make a remarkable come back....we pray for you!!!inshaallah....

Posted by allwaysmee on (November 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

well its known very well all over the world that indian players never been called for any international league.. either they are free.. pak players has lot of excitent and it will entertain cricket lovers even in india. so its really true that pak cricketers are the best....

Posted by Biggus on (November 17, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

@SachinGoNow-This league that you don't care about and don't think matters produced the CLT20 winners so it would appear that it does matter, especially to those teams they beat to take the title, wouldn't you think?

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (November 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

India may have a bad head to head record against Pakistan but when it matters most we kick where it hurts most ;) i.e out of ICC worldcups.

Posted by K.A.K on (November 16, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Though PCB has the right to deny the players to play in BBL, it is counter productive for cricket in Pakistan. PCB should allow as many players to play overseas as possible. With a huge cricketing talent, Pakistan should never let go of any opportunity that comes its way.

Posted by sbkalgi on (November 16, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

"If u r talking abut the record PKAISTAN HAS ALWaYS better winning records against indian team..... "...Really? Of late since 2005 I dont see that...or atleast Indian team winning rate is high...You were talking the era of Imran-Khan were I accept Pakistan team was better....but there's "WAS"...Please accept the fact that current Pakistan team IS not better compared to current Indian team...anyways, if you hate Indai/Indians so much, you can never accept the reality....typical is'nt it? Where as we Indian/or atleast most of us accept the fact that Pakistan in 80's/90's was far better cricketing team than any team in the world at that time...We loved many of them like Imran/Wasim/Waqar/Inzy....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Surely playing abroad against top quality t20 players would be better than playing against home players who the trio are all accustomed to. This sort of takes out the element of surprise which fills the gap between training and matches. Look at the effect the BBL had on Luke Wright, Fantastic. I reckon the Pakistani fielding and batting could've definitely been improved. Wrong decision by the PCB

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (November 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Sigh of relief for BCCI...

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

@anshu.s:: If u r talking abut the record PKAISTAN HAS ALWaYS better winning records against indian team.....

Posted by anshu.s on (November 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

@ El_Toro_Loco Big bash teams don't sign Indian players because our domestic season is on and BCCI dosen't allow Indian players to participate in foreign leagues. Indian players will always be in demand because wherever they go a huge viewership is there and TV ratings go up .Please don't make India sound like English footballers or overhped EPL that are high on hype but don't deliver anything and are thus hated and looked down upon, while on the contary Indian team has won a lot and always beaten Pakistan time and again atleast !!!!!!!!!

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (November 16, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

John invertiry (or whatever his name is) and rest of pure aust cricket class must be happy and breathing a sigh of relief that intergerity of aust cricket and BBL is saved now that Ajmal, a known notorious "cricket intergirty bender", is no longer coming to our shores !!! what a relief ..aahhh...

Posted by RaadQ on (November 16, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Stupid mistake by PCB. Preventing them from playing BBL reduces ties with other boards and also takes away the interest of their players who want to play in international leagues and earn money, just alienating their own players. Afridi might be crap, but he will perform ok on the domestic level. Ajmal is the world's best spinner by far, albeit maybe not the most effective in the shortest format of the game. Akmal proved his skills to the best of his ability in the World T20, where he was so far down in the batting line up he was always batting with bowlers under enormous pressure.

Posted by Timmuh on (November 16, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

I think its a good decision by the PCB. Pakistan has their own internal interests to look out for, and while the tour of India is meaningless in cricket terms (two T20 and 3 ODI is the everything that is wrong with modern cricket schedules) it is an important geo-political step. The BBL is yet another tournament of nothing but blatant cash grab with no cricket relevance beyond the money, and I say that as an Australian.

Posted by lovepork on (November 16, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Well except Ajmal, the other two don't even secure there place in the first eleven. Afridi's current form won't let him get selected in a local Karachi club, so it is a blessing in disguise for Australian team.

Posted by Meety on (November 16, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

I understand the decision the PCB made. It SHOULD mean a better prepared side to play India.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 16, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

I think this is quite right decesion. to be honest there is not much time in series against india. They should have let Umar Akmal play and let him get some experience there.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (November 16, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_0000: Guess what? your best players were not even considered to play for any one of those BBL teams who's standards & quality are miles ahead of your IPL debacle. Ciao...

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Good decision, Pakistan comes first. SL board must learn a lesson from this saga.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (November 15, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Really...does any one care about another League?I honestly lost count of all these Leagues/PLs

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 15, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Blessing in disguise for the Australian teams.......

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

It's a short term thinking. PCB should think in broad perspective. The Pakistani players should participate in international leagues so that the international players come here frequently.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

gud decision...players shud prefer national event rather than big they need to get used to asian conditions before travelling to india

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

I'm Pakistani but idk if this is good or bad? Oh well :)

Posted by Coolgye on (November 15, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

@Gilly4ever - The indian pitches are just like the pakistani pitches that's the reason why PCB didn't allow them to play at pacy tracks in Australia.

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (November 15, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Wrong decision by PCB, on 1 side it is looking to send players to IPL and on the other side withdrawing players from better leagues than IPL. PCB may not allow high class players to play BPL etc but they should allow them to play Australian and South African leagues; these are the players who may also contribute in bringing crickeet back home. Also if PCB is to organize its own league, they will need foreign players; so withdrawing players from foreign leagues wont help that cause also.

Posted by tanveer131 on (November 15, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

I thought Zaka Ashraf is a very nice decent man. didn't expect this from him.

Posted by Omarrz on (November 15, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

It is a good decision. These players need to play in India-like pitches before the India series. Australian conditions won't help them at all.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Very Very Bad decision by the PCB. Umar would has got good experience from BBL.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 16:36 GMT)


Posted by ahassan on (November 15, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Bad decision. PCB must realise that Pakistani players were much better when they used to play county cricket outside Pakistan. Asif, Majid,Zaheer,Intekhab, Mushtaq mohammad,Sarfaraz,Sadiq,Imran,Saleem Malik,Wasim,Waqar,Saqlain, Mushtaq Ahmad etc. etc. were allowed to play county cricket and all of them became world calss players. Pakistan was one of the top teams in world cricket. Pakistan cricket will go nowhere if PCB continue denying them to play outside Pakistan and force them to play in domestic cricket of very poor standard.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

people here sayin the BCCI has a hand in this honestly embrass me

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (November 15, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

good one pcb.. thumbs up!!!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Guy PCB allowed them to make contracts in BBL coz first domestic T20 cup was scheduled to start in March but now PCB wants to hold PL in that window hence players have yo play in that. BBL is probably the best T20 league when it comes to cricket quality and it would have been good for players too but you have to leave something for other.

Posted by Zeshan547 on (November 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Good Decision! Playing for own country should always be no.1 priority.

Posted by Baundele on (November 15, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Please PCB do it for the BPL as well.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

i think its a good move. they will get some more practice on those pitches. good for the india series!

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 15, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

@mangat083 - Chill mate, u msd the sarcasm there!!

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (November 15, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Pakistani media done it Again lol.....PCB changed this decision becuz pakistani media Put pressureon them

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (November 15, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

This seems stupid. My question from PCB is that Why you issued NOC to these players before signing with respective BBL's teams?

Posted by Niazhussain on (November 15, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

I think this is very bad decision made by PCB.Afridi get his form back in BBL.

Very Very Very Poooooor Decision.

Posted by mangat083 on (November 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@cricketmaan .. What a joke bcci do not have these kind of relations with pcb to influence their the way bcci do not need to do this they have more important issues at hand to handle.i know bcci has some faults but everyone please stop blaming bcci for every minor issues around the other cricket boards...

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (November 15, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

pathetic decision from PCB........

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Thats an awesome decision by PCB.In my opinion,only Umar should play in BBL to gain some experience.Welldone PCB!!!!

Posted by davidatlas999 on (November 15, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Good move from pcb if they play in our t20 then its good for our tournament fans wanna watch pak star in our own country in the grounds which is a good thing for our fans.they are not playing here cause other team not wanna come here fans have a chance watch some live action.bring it on pcb a very good move o with you pcb on this.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Thats really bad :( we was hoping may b afridi get his form back in BBL ...

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

I think this is a great decision. How are our younger players supposed to improve without quality to play against. If all our best go to other leagues, the domestic boys at home are not going to get to play international level cricket and when the time comes for them to play for Pakistan in international tournaments...they will struggle.

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (November 15, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Oh stop it guys.. Few days back u ppl were questioning ajmal's participation in BBL and now u wanna see him playing in that league...? it would be better if they play domestic t20 in 3 ways: 1- younger inexperience lads will get opportunity to play against/with these stars,2-national t20 will glow u through thier participation and 3- ajmal will remain mystery to aussie batsmen

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Very good decision by PCB. They should play the domestic for the locals.

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 15, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Dont really see the logic behind this one. If the idea is to give these players rest is a very good reason but since they will be playing in the local T20 comp so why not let them play BBL and some youngsters might get a chance of playing in the local event. Besides they'l make some money in BBL as well

Posted by FaisalBasharat75 on (November 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Permission may be granted with the condition to return well before the scheduled matches between the two jaints Pakistan vs India.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

CricketMaan has a point, so the BBL tv ratings will go down .

Posted by KB-Sarkar on (November 15, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Let Afridi play. He is of no use to the national team anyway, at least this way he can make some money.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Understandable but I don't know how useful it is.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

that's good ... PCB should stop like these player.. they are not playing good since long time.. let them to play in domestic and locally to encourage young cricketers..

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Hmm, was planning to make the trip from NZ to watch Afridi and Ajmal in action. I think it's somewhat an okay decision, given the pitches in Pakistan will assist the batsman more. Thus, allow Afrid etc to get some much needed score under their belt and gain some confidence!!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

the players and eventually the team would have benefited from bbl. now pcb shud compensate this by preparing pitches like those in australia or southafrica for national tournament.

Posted by KingKongIn on (November 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT) come BCCI is being blammed for this ..intresting. However I think PCB should be blammed for was a good chance for PAK player to get the experience in Aus and earn some money as well.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (November 15, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

I think its a good move. They are the among the best PAK players and their presence in domestic league is going to raise the quality of that tournament. Anyways, BBL is a AUS domestic tournament, am surprised so many negative comments from pakistanis.

Posted by reality_check on (November 15, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

PCB first allows them to play in BBL and then says no you can't play because of other commitments. Either PCB is run by five year old kids or there is pressure from BCCI to prevent Pakistani players from playing in BBL which is in competition with IPL. Both these statements are true.

Posted by Basamba on (November 15, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

this is not good first they denied it in canada and now australia

Posted by Z.Saleem on (November 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Well done PCB......this is great! Now they are making some sense....Aus just wanted to learn how to play Ajmal well and wanted to get entertainment out of Afridi and Akmal, because of their star value - nothing else. Ppl of Pakistan need to see their stars in the domestic T20 Cup tournament.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Not a great move by the PCB ...... they should let these players play in the australian t20 series ..............

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

I think this is stupid. How are our players meant to play against the worlds best and get better if they arent allowed to do so.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

This is not good PCB. Let them play BBL. We all want to see them in BBL. Plz let them play.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Im sure BCCI has flexed thier muscle here to stop Pak palyers playing from BBL, else the tour to India would have been in jeopardy...its all coz of BCCI!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Extremely unprofessional from PCB in two ways. 1. First allowing them and now changing decision. 2. its great for the player to play in australia, southafrica and any surfaces where normally our batsmen struggle. This kinda attitude and bad decisions are ruining Players career.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

they would have got more experience foolish decision our domestic t20 sucks

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

The PCB has denied Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi permission to play this season's Big Bash League (BBL), the Australia Twenty20 league, to ensure the trio's participation in their domestic Twenty20 tournament ahead of the tour of India. Akmal had signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi would have moved from Melbourne Renegades to Sydney Thunder.

The PCB had earlier issued the players No Objection Certificates to play in the BBL that begins on December 7. The PCB's national T20 championship is set to be played between December 2 and 10, and will be followed by a week-long conditioning camp before the team leaves for India on December 22

Posted by ak_dragon on (November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Well PCB is now learning the art of WAR & REVENGE....Goood stuff...!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Thats da way pcb money is not every thing de shud put country first but sorry to say akmal brothers do any thing for money but nice to see some power frm pcb

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Plz PCB let them Play in BBL. We want to see them in BBL. Man this is not good.

Posted by Kamran_Pakistan on (November 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

That's a great move by PCB, wonderful move, let's see which one objects to the decision and the balloon of "prefering the country" would pop !! Way to go !!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

No man this is not good, plz pcb let them play BBL. We want to see them rocking in Australia plz.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (November 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

haha great PCB What the fuss is all about now. PCB should have told it earlies.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

should allow to play BBL, you are droping umer akmal from first class team and not allowing him to play BBL, uff this is Karachi effect isn't it???

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