The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that they will not issue No-Objection Certificates (NOC) to the players who were drafted in the Afghanistan Shpageeza Cricket League 2017, which is slated to be held in July.
According to news report in ANI, “The PCB announces that none of the players and officials (coaches) contracted to Afghanistan T20 league would be issued NOCs. No Pakistani player or official can feature in the league,” the PCB statement said.
The decision came following the baseless allegations by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in the wake of the recent tragic Kabul blast.
Afghanistan Cricket Board had earlier made a strong statement regarding cancellation of friendly matches including the initially agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship with Pakistan. This was done as they felt that terrorism activities have its roots in the Pakistani soil. There was truck bombing in the city’s diplomatic quarter that killed more than 80 people and injured numerous others.
“The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the PCB. No agreement of friendly matches and mutual relationship agreement is possible with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens,” the Afghan Board wrote on their official Facebook page.
The PCB had said while hitting back at the ACB that their sympathies are with the victims and families affected in the incident, but they would not allow Afghanistan to malign Pakistan. The PCB continued that they have always encouraged Afghanistan in developing their cricket as well as cricketers.
The PCB had also agreed to provide technical assistance to Afghanistan by giving training to curators, scorers, umpires and coaches. Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had said that Pakistan would try their best to help Afghanistan become a permanent member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).