Cricket South Africa has decided not to give a No Objection Certificate to any player with a central contract to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League. This move has come into place so as to give more priority to the domestic matches played in South Africa.

Graeme Smith, Director of Cricket, CSA, has given statements regarding the same. “It is true that contracted members of the Proteas team had their NOCs for the Pakistan Super League denied due to the Proteas international calendar and domestic tournaments, which must always be prioritised. With a tour to New Zealand and a home tour against Bangladesh, our contractual players must be available first and foremost for their national team commitments. The same can be said for our domestic franchise tournaments, which are set to begin soon. CSA will gladly sanction NOCs if and when changes in other international T20 tournaments arise, as long as the timings and fixtures do not conflict with our own,” Smith stated.

It should be noted that this only affects the players that are under the central contract. Players like Riley Russo, Imran Tahir, and Marchant De Lange are part of the PSL squads as they are not centrally contracted. Every cricket board in every country wants to safeguard their own interests and hence create strict regulations. South African players will be left to wonder if the same prioritisation will be made when the IPL comes around because then it will be much worse for the players if they aren’t allowed to play in this cash-rich league.

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