T20 leagues seek clarification over BCB's NOC rule

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s decision to not issue more than two No Objection Certificates (NOC) per year to its contracted players for overseas cricket leagues has drawn flak from various franchises.

Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh

Mustafizur (C) and Shakib (R) are among the two Bangladesh cricketers who are in demand for T20 leagues.   -  AFP

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s decision to not issue more than two No Objection Certificates (NOC) per year to its contracted players for overseas cricket leagues has drawn flak from various franchises.

The Bangladesh players—especially Shakib al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal—have been quite sought after by various franchises across the leagues, and even as such a diktat comes in, most of the franchise bosses feel that they will be able to get the services of the Bangladesh players.

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Interestingly, in last week’s player drafts for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Peshawar Zalmi retained Shakib and bought Tamim for this edition of the league.

And despite the BCB’s order, Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi is confident of having both the players on board. “We had brought them in only after they got NOCs from BCB. There is no way they can stay away now. We have completed all the necessary formalities with the Pakistan Cricket Board, and the Bangladesh players should be available for us,” Afridi told Sportstar on Tuesday.

The Peshawar franchise, which won the PSL last season, has also made the two Bangladeshi players as its ambassadors. “We are confident of having them on board,” Afridi said.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Bangladeshi media that the board wants the top players to be free from injuries and fatigue issues, which is why the decision comes into effect immediately.

The leagues included in the restrictions are of all formats, and the board has made it mandatory for players to participate in Bangladesh's first-class tournaments.

Three Bangladeshi players—Shakib, Mustafizur and Tamim—have been roped in for next month’s T10 Cricket League as well, and the organisers are now waiting for a clarification from the BCB.

“There are a few issues that need to be clarified. What is the denominator of two leagues? What are the benchmarks? We need to know them all. At the moment, we are waiting for clarifications,” TCL founder Shaji-ul Mulk told Sportstar from Dubai on Tuesday.

Some of the player agents, who deal with Bangladesh cricketers, also confirmed to this publication that they have been receiving regular phone calls from various franchises seeking a clarification on the issue.