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Babar Azam Lose Captancy for PCB

After a disappointing showing at the 2024 T20 World Cup, where Pakistan failed to progress beyond the group stage, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a rigorous review of its two-no objection certificate (NOC) policy for player contracts and T20 leagues.

This left them third in the table with just two points, while USA and India progressed to the Super Eight. In response, the PCB has decided to enforce its two-NOC policy more strictly. As per this policy, players with central and domestic contracts in Pakistan cricket are limited to participating in a maximum of two foreign leagues per year apart from the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Notably, young talents Azam Khan and Saim Ayub, who were part of the World Cup squad, are yet to receive NOCs to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) despite their respective teams retaining them. The move underlines the board’s commitment to the policy.

An official PCB source stressed that the policy applies equally to both centrally and domestically contracted players. The board also has the discretion to reject any NOC if it feels a player’s workload or fitness may be compromised or if the player is needed for domestic commitments.

This stance was recently exemplified in the case of leg-spinner Usama Mir, who was not allowed to participate in England’s Vitality Blast and The Hundred after exceeding the two leagues’ quota for the year. Despite Mir’s argument of being relieved of international duties, the board maintained its authority over such decisions.