PCB pulls out its players from Abu Dhabi T10

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revoked its conditional No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued to its players to participate in next month’s Abu Dhabi T10 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

PCB’s decision would affect at least 14 contracted players who were signed by different teams for the tournament which starts from November 15th, Pakistan's media reported.

In all, 16 Pakistani players were picked by various teams during the players’ draft for the tournament. However, being non-contracted at any level, retired stars Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir are not impacted by PCB’s decision.

The PCB, in a statement issued Wednesday, said that the decision has been made in the best interests of the players as well as to continue to enhance the credibility and reputation of the new domestic structure.

“To manage the players’ workload, continued work on their fitness levels as well as to ensure primacy and participation of its players in its premier Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the PCB has revoked conditional NOCs of its players to feature in the T10 tournament,” the PCB said in the statement.

The PCB’s decision would hit the Qalandars team the hardest. The franchise, which was added as one of the new teams in Abu Dhabi T10 only on on 22 September, has the same owners as that of the Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars - Qatar Lubricants Company Limited.