When there is a national T20 cup 2018 taking place in Rawalpindi many of the top Pakistani international cricketers opted to play in the Bangladesh Premiere League. Strangely PCB have handed them NOC so that they can skip domestic tournament.
When there is almost no international cricket taking place in Pakistan, competitions like National T20 cup 2018 provide a chance to fans to see their heroes playing in front of them but many of our super stars didn’t value this. Likes of Shahid Afridi, Misbah ul Haq, Hassan Ali, Shoaib Malik they all preferred much lucrative cricket league.
All centrally contracted players get monthly salary from PCB to play for Pakistan or playing for PCB. Why didn’t PCB deduct their salary when they opt to take holidays from Pakistan cricket? They should be paid only for the time which they are giving to Pakistan cricket; just like any corporate company do with their employee.
Furthermore we see many cricketers always saying that cricket is becoming so fast and they didn’t get much time to spend with their families and when they get off season they prefer to play foreign leagues.
During off season PCB should engage players in conditioning camps and make some arrangements for increasing physical fitness levels of the players. Our national academy which is of no use can be utilized in rectifying the flaws in player’s technique.
It’s a good gesture by Fahim Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shadab Khan that they have withdraw themselves from Bangladesh Premier League and remain available for national T20 cup.
Specially likes of Shahid Afridi and Misbah ul Haq who have great fan following in Pakistan should realize their worth and value in Pakistan cricket. Their presence in local tournaments not only increase the number of spectators but also give great learning experience to the youngsters who started playing cricket by taking inspirations from these legends.