He was supposed to play for Chittagong Challengers in the tenth season of BPL. Pakistan opener Mohammad Haris had reached Dhaka for that. But the 22-year-old batsman had to return to Pakistan from Dhaka. The reason? The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) drama over the no-objection letter.
The PCB has made new rules, from July 2023 Pakistani cricketers will not get permission or NOC to play in more than two foreign franchise leagues per year. According to Pakistan’s cricket website Cricket Pakistan, Haris played in the Global Twenty20 in Canada and Sri Lanka’s Lankan Premier League (LPL) during this period. That is why PCB did not give him NOC.
In that case, the question arises, if this is the reason, then why did Haris come to Dhaka, and why did he have to leave without playing any match in BPL! He replied about the drama of the Pakistan board, which came to light in a tweet by Saj Sadiq, a journalist from another Pakistani cricket website, PakPassion.
Saj Sadiq writes, Mohammad Haris applied for NOC to Pakistan Cricket Board, then he was told to go to Bangladesh to play BPL. Accordingly, Haris boarded the flight to Dhaka on January 17. He was told that the NOC would be sent the next day, i.e. 18 January.
But what is it? According to Saj Sadiq’s tweet, PCB refused to issue NOC to Haris after his arrival in Bangladesh. Because now PCB suddenly says that Haris has played in two foreign franchise leagues!
The drama does not end here, there was also a drama about Haris’ return flight fare from Dhaka to Pakistan. PCB informed Haris that he would not pay the air fare. After that, Haris’ franchise Chittagong Challengers in BPL made all arrangements for Haris’ return to Pakistan, Cricket Pakistan said that Chittagong Challengers also paid the rent.
On his return, Cricket Pakistan said Haris posted a picture on his Instagram story, showing his bag, indicating that he was returning to Peshawar. Added two emojis to the picture, one is a house emoji, the other is a closed mouth emoji.
Apart from Haris, the PCB has withheld the NOCs of Pakistani players Saim Ayub, Zaman Khan, Fakhar Zaman and Iftikhar Ahmed who are contracted to various BPL franchises. Fakhar Fortune was supposed to play in Barisal, Ayub Sahaar in Dhaka and Iftikhar and Zaman in Comilla Victorians.
But here Cricket Pakistan has highlighted a confusion of PCB’s decision. Azam Khan, son of former country wicketkeeper Moeen Khan, has also played in two foreign franchise leagues since last July – the Global Twenty20 and the Caribbean Premier League. But the PCB has given him the NOC to play in Emirates franchise league IL T20.
But even if they don’t get Haris, Babar Azam (Rangpur Riders), Mohammad Rizwan (Comilla Victorians), Mohammad Wasim Jr. (Khulna Tigers) and Abbas Afridi (Fortune Barisal) will get BPL. Pakistan’s T20 series ended today in New Zealand, from where Babar will come to play in BPL. Cricketers like Usman Qadir, Fahim Ashraf, Khushdil Shah have already entered the BPL.