In order to prioritize Cricket South Africa’s domestic competitions, the board has come up with an idea of not providing no-objection certificates to any of its centrally contracted players for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament.
Cricket South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has confirmed the same to ESPN Cricinfo, “It is true that contracted members of the proteas team had their NOCs for the Pakistan Super League refused due to the Proteas international schedule and domestic competitions which must always be prioritized.”
With a lot of international series and tours lined up for South Africa, the CSA wants all of its centrally contracted cricketers to give utmost priority to the national team ahead of foreign franchise leagues. CSA will approve NOCs only when their international schedule doesn’t clash with other franchise tournaments.
“With an away tour to New Zealand and a home tour against Bangladesh, our contracted players have to be available for their national team duties first and foremost. The same applies with regard to our domestic franchise tournaments which will be starting up soon,” Smith added.
“If and when opportunities in other international T20 tournaments arise and the timings and fixtures do not clash with our own, CSA will happily approve NOCs, as we have always done in the past.”
Interestingly, CSA’s decision didn’t bother PSL franchises much as of now as only three South Africans who have signed so far with the PSL franchises are non-contracted cricketers. Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir and Rilee Rossouw are the three cricketers who have been roped by PSL teams.
PSL franchises wanted South African cricketers in replacement draft
The PSL franchises wanted to pick some of the centrally contracted South African cricketers in the replacement draft but the chances of moving forward have diminished after CSA’s latest announcement.
Replacement draft picks as reported by ESPN Cricinfo:
Islamabad United have roped in Musa Khan, Zahir Khan, Muhammad Huraira
Karachi Kings have picked Sahibzada Farhan, Jorda Thompson, Muhammad Taha
Lahore Qalandars have got Muhammad Imran Randhawa, Aqib Javed, Ben Dunk
Multan Sultans get David Willey, Rizwan Hussain, Johnson Charles and Dominic Drakes
Peshawar Zalmi drafted in Mohammad Umer
Quetta Gladiators have roped in five players namely Ghulam Mudassar, Luke Wood, Will Smeed, Ali Imran, Shimron Hetmyer