Thursday, January 17, 2013

PCB does now allow its players to take part in BPL 2013

The second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is going to kick off on January 18 without the participation of the Pakistani cricketers. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not allow its players to take part in the Twenty20 competition.
The decision of not releasing any of their players for the BPL 2013 was not well accepted by the cricketers who rarely get an opportunity to play in the similar kind of tournaments. It would help them not only earn money but also get international recognition as players.
The PCB barred its players from taking part in the tournament after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cancelled the Pakistan tour mentioning the lack of security for its players in Pakistan.
For the second edition of the tournament, more than 50 players took part in the players’ auction. Out of which only twenty-six Pakistani players were bought by seven franchises. Now, they will be replaced by other foreign players.
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh were supposed to play a bilateral series including a Twenty20 game and a 50-over match in Lahore this month. If Pakistan could host the two-nation cricket series then it would be their first home internationals since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus nearly four years ago.
The spokesman of BCB, Jalal Yunus, told AFP that PCB would not allow their players to play in the BPL until BCB send its team to their country.
Among the Pakistani players, Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi were the highest sold players after being sold for $280,000 and $275,000 respectively.