There comes a path-breaking decision for Pakistan Players! The PCB has allowed its players to compete in the inaugural edition of the SA20 league which has teams owned by Indian companies.
According to reports, the postponement of Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies has opened the windows for Pakistani players to participate in the CSA SA20 league. The West Indies tour of Pakistan was slated for Janaury 2023 but it was called off so that players of both countries could participate in the upcoming t20 leagues during the January-February window.
As per the reports, at least two Pakistani Players who don’t hold PCB Central contracts are expected to sign a deal in SA20 due to the procedure which will allow each team to choose one extra player for their squads. However, if the team wishes to sign more Pakistani players then PCB could also let their centrally contracted players feature in the SA20 league.
We are introducing a wildcard pick,” Graeme Smith, commissioner of the SA20 league, told ESPNcricinfo. “Post the World Cup, we will allow teams to pick one other player. From a league perspective, we don’t get involved with the selection. The teams go to the market and pick.”
SA20 League will begin in January 2023
Along with SA20, UAE’s ILT20, Australia’s BBL 2022 & Bangaldesh’s BPL 2023 all are set to be played during the same January-February window. On the other hand, Pakistan’s PSL will be played early in February. However, PCB will keep Pakistani players away from the ILT20 as they have already denied NOCs to their players Mohammad Hasnain & Azam Khan for the legaue earlier. Both were planning to sign a deal with Desert Vipers a team owned by a non-Indian frnachise.
The SA20 league will begin in Janaury 2023 with final dates yet to be revealed.SA20 Auction was held in September with 533 players listing their names in the auction & the franchisees choosing the best among them.
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