PCB cancels IPL NOCs to players
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revoked all the No Objection Certificates (NOCs) issued to its players for participation in the third edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
A statement from the board said all the NOC''s issued to players for IPL-III stand revoked.
"In future, if any player receives an invitation for participation in IPL events, PCB will decide the matter after consulting relevant government authorities," the statement said.
The board has issued NOCs to total 26 players while 11 players were included in the auction, naming star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Muhammad Amir, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Rana Naveed and Misbah-ul-Haq.
A spokesman for the sports ministry also said that in future if any Pakistani player gets an offer to play in the IPL he would have to approach the PCB which would have to seek fresh NOCs from relevant ministries including security clearance and approval from foreign ministry.
The board has canceled the NOCs at a time when governmental pressure was mounting on IPL franchises to include Pakistani players.