Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that centrally contracted players will not be allowed to take part in the inaugural edition of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). According to details, the decision has been made to manage the workload of the national team players.
Pakistan national team players have a stacked schedule in the next few months. Currently, the national team is touring the West Indies for a four-match T20I series and a two-match Test series. They are scheduled to face Afghanistan, New Zealand, and England in the next few months before the start of the T20 World Cup in October.
PCB’s Director Media, Sami Ul Hasan Burney, revealed that the decision had been made to manage the workload of the players. He said that PCB does not want any national team player to be overworked before the all-important mega event.
“Pakistan Super League (PSL) remains Pakistan’s premier event whereas National T20 Cup is a domestic event. KPL is a private league, and only retired players are taking part in it,” he added.
The inaugural edition of KPL is scheduled to start on 6 August in Muzaffarabad. Superstars such as Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Herschelle Gibbs, and Tillakaratne Dilshan will be seen in action in the star-studded event.