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By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, September 24, 2018 (News925.com) – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday to stop Pakistani players from participating in the Twenty10 League in the United Arab Emirates.
The PCB top brass decided against issuing the No-Objection Certificate to the Pakistani players for taking part in the second edition of the T10 League, which consists of 10 overs an innings.
The decision has come in the wake of questions regarding the source of finances for the cricket league, which was launched in the United Arab Emirates last year.
Earlier this week, President of Pakistan’s ARY Media Group, Salman Iqbal also parted ways with the T10 League. He was serving the tournament as its president. Salman Iqbal cited lack of transparency as the core reason behind his decision to quit the role.
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Ehsan Mani has already written a letter to cricket’s governing body, International Cricket Council (ICC) and has inquired about the sources of finances and their generation for the smooth running of the cricket league. It is important to mention here that the T10 League has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.
Ehsan Mani told reporters in Dubai, “I am holding back my position until I am fully satisfied with specifics on whose money is fueling this league. In fact, I have asked the ICC for reassurance because they have sanctioned it and I need it in writing that they are totally satisfied that this league has no such element that can bring Pakistan players into dispute. Unfortunately, our players get trapped into sinister machinations often so my top priority is to protect my players as, for us, a reputation of Pakistan is far more important.”
The 2nd edition of the T10 League will feature eight teams, two more than the last edition. A total of 28 matches will be played during the 10-day tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The participating teams have already selected their icon players besides retaining four players from the previous squads. The teams will select their full squads in a players’ draft, which is expected to be held in Dubai very soon.