Lahore, July 5: After weeks of uncertainty regarding Shahid Afridi's future, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given the green light to the former Pakistan captain to participate in the first Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) commencing later this month.
A senior PCB official confirmed that they had given their consent for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to sign on around 10 Pakistani players for the league and that list included Afridi.
"We gave these permissions and clearance for the players including Afridi sometime back. But now when he individually also applies for a no-objection certificate or the Sri Lankan organizers reconfirm his availability we see no problem in giving him clearance," the official said.
Afridi, who is currently playing Twenty20 for Hampshire, was embroiled in a spat with the PCB last month after the Board held back his NOC to play for the English county.
The Board issued a fresh NOC after the all-rounder appeared before a PCB disciplinary committee and paid a fine of 4.5 million rupees for breaching the code of conduct. But then he withdrew a petition he had filed at Sindh High Court against the Board.
The Board official said that only around a dozen players or so would feature in the SLPL.
"So far we have given around 10 clearances and they are some seven pending but they are issues over paper work and availability and we don't think more than 12 Pakistani players will play in the league," he said.
He also indicated that even if some players and their agents independently contacted the organisers, they would still have to get NOCs from the Board.
Pakistani players have started using their contacts to secure deals in the league after the Indian Board revoked permission given to a dozen of its players to participate in the league.