The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred country’s active cricketers from participating in the upcoming Afghanistan Premier League (APL), starting October 5.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred country’s active cricketers from participating in the upcoming Afghanistan Premier League (APL), starting October 5.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred country’s active cricketers from participating in the upcoming Afghanistan Premier League (APL), starting October 5.

According to Geo.tv, last month, Pakistani cricketers had demanded the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOC) to participate, but the PCB is still sticking to its original decision of only allowing retired cricketers to participate in league.

The decision means Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal and Iftikhar Ahmed would not be able to play the league. Whereas, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Faheem Ashraf will be busy with international duty.

Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi is the only player who will be participating in this year’s tournament after the decision by the cricketing board, sources added.

The inaugural edition of APL will run from October 5 to October 21 and will see five franchises vying for the title. The five teams are Pakita, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarh and Kandahar.

While Afridi was snapped by Pakita, Chris Gayle went to Balkh. Homegrown spin sensation Rashid Khan will play for Kabul while West Indian allrounder Andre Russell will turn out for Nangarh. Former New Zealand captain McCullum will represent Kandahar.