PCB, SLC to allow players for domestic T20 leagues

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Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 16:40 [IST]
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PCB, SLC sign agreement

Lahore, Jun 29: Following Shahid Afridi and Lasith Malinga's episode, Sri Lanka Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board have signed an agreement wherein they have decided to allow players to take part in domestic T20 leagues of both countries.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman confirmed that the document was signed on Wednesday during ICC's annual conference.

"Under this agreement we will allow our players to go and play in the Sri Lankan premier league and Sri Lanka have agreed to permit their players to come and play in Pakistan when we launch our premier league," Ashraf said.

It is also learnt that the document includes giving clearance to players to play both the leagues while it cannot force any player if the individual is not interested in being a part of the league.

Sri Lankan Premier League will be played from August 10 while Pakistan has not yet decided on the dates for its league which is slated for November this year.

Pakistan chief Zaka Ashraf has also spoke to Bangladesh Cricket Board on signing a similar contract with the neighbours.

"But since the Bangladesh Premier League is not slated this year we have plenty of time to negotiate with them."

Ashraf admits that his initiative received positive responses from South African, Australian and England boards.

"These boards have assured us that whenever we launch our domestic premier league they will see if they can make their players available for it," Ashraf said

While he also admitted that not even a single international team was willing to tour Pakistan.

"Frankly no one is interested in making tours to Pakistan as they point out to the security issue in Pakistan," said Ashraf.


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