PCB allows Shoaib Malik to play in BCL

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Lahore, Mar.19 (ANI): A day after giving a green signal to Mohammad Yousuf for taking part in the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also allowed all-rounder Shoaib Malik to participate in the tournament starting March 26 in Sharjah.

According to sources, the PCB allowed Malik to play in tournament, as he has no national assignment ahead of him due to the one-year ban imposed on him by the board.

Earlier, the PCB allowed former captain Mohammed Yousuf to play in a private league in Bangladesh.

"Yousuf had requested the PCB that he wanted to play in Bangladesh and Ijaz (Butt) has given him the permission," The Daily Times quoted a PCB spokesperson, as saying.

It may be noted that the PCB had issued a strict warning to the players wanting to participate in domestic tournaments of other countries, saying they must obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the board.

"The PCB firmly conveys to all concerned that no player is allowed to play cricket outside Pakistan without having prior approval from the board in this regard. Any player interested to play cricket in any part of the world should apply to the board to seek permission for the same," a statement issued by the PCB said.

The PCB has prohibited players selected for the upcoming ICC T20 World Championship from taking part in Bangladesh's domestic T20 tournament.

Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Mohammed Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir had signed for the tournament but insiders said the PCB does not want to risk these players ahead of the coveted T20 World Cup and is unlikely to grant them the NOC's. (ANI)

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