The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected granting of ‘No Objection Certificates,’ which was requested by all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and fast bowler Usman Shinwari, to play in the Big Bash League of Australia. Ashraf and Shinwari had recently signed up for the Big Bash League’s forthcoming season.
Faheem Ashraf was dropped from the final World Cup squad in May, and he was out of the national side after that. Ashraf, who usually represents the national side, used to play first-class cricket for Habib Bank Limited. He was named in Pakistan’s ODI squad in 2017 for ICC Trophy.
Asharaf was signed up for eight games of Melbourne Renegades and the same team picked up Shinwari for the first five games. Usman Shinwari, a left-arm fast bowler, plays for the Zahari Taraqiati Bank Ltd cricket team in the first-class cricket circuit of Pakistan.
Previously, Usman had represented the Khan Research Laboratories cricket team. He was selected by the PCB selection committee for the 2013-14 T20I series against Sri Lanka after his domestic performances.
Suggestions For The Two Players
A PCB source said they asked Ashraf to focus on playing domestic cricket, while Shinwari was summoned for domestic duty against Sri Lanka for the home series.
Next week, the two players were about to head to Australia. The Renegades have agreed to replace English pace bowlers, Richard Gleeson and Harry Gurney, for Ashraf and Shinwari.
The PCB, which has faced flak because of its erratic policy of issuing NOCs for the overseas leagues in the recent past, is now said to be working on a new document which will allow players to participate in only two leagues only per season.