Cape Town: Pakistan Cricket Board’s effort to bring international stars for Pakistan Super League (PSL) suffered a setback on Wednesday after the governing body of cricket in South Africa has refused to send its players to Pakistan.
According to Cricket South Africa, the body was not in favour to send its players for participating in the league amid security concerns.
“Due to the ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, Cricket South Africa and the South African Cricketers’ Association would not be supportive of any international or state contracted player participating in the Pakistan Super League.”
PCB has already offered a life insurance worth $2 million for players participating in Pakistan Super League.
But the International union of Cricketers, FICA was not impressed by this offer. FICA, along with PCA (England’s players association) and Cricket Australia has advised international cricketers to stay away from the League.
Haroon Lorgat, the former chief executive of the ICC and advisor to the PSL, had earlier indicated he was aware of the difficulties, but was confident the PSL will be able to surmount such obstacles “We know what the challenges are, it’s reality, but we will overcome those challenges” although he did acknowledge international players are likely to heed the advice from FICA.
The official refusal of the two boards to allow participation of their contracted players will undoubtedly be a further blow to the PSL organisers and it remains to be seen which other countries will express similar opinions.