The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has blocked young talents Azam Khan and Saim Ayub from participating in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). According to reports from Pakistan media, the PCB has denied No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to these players, adhering to their policy on managing player workload and national commitments.

PCB’s Strict NOC Policy

Azam Khan and Saim Ayub, both part of Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, are not allowed to take part in the CPL as per PCB’s policy. This policy states that centrally and domestically contracted players can participate in no more than two overseas leagues annually.

Furthermore, the board reserves the right to deny NOCs based on workload, fitness concerns, or domestic team obligations. This decision has taken many by surprise, especially since both Azam and Saim were already retained by their CPL team Guyana Amazon Warriors.


Their absence will be a significant blow to these franchises, as both players have shown decent form with the bat in previous editions of the tournament. They both played an instrumental role in guiding Warriors to the CPL glory last years.

This isn’t the first time the PCB’s NOC policy has sparked controversy. Recently, Usama Mir was denied permission to play in the T20 Blast in England, despite arguing that he had no international or domestic commitments. The PCB stood firm, reiterating that the decision was theirs to make.

Saim and Azam’s World Cup Performance

Both Azam Khan and Saim Ayub struggled to make an impact in the T20 World Cup 2024 in the few matches they played in the tournament. Ayub played two matches and scored 23 runs, while Khan played a solitary game against the USA, where he got out for a duck.

The Pakistani cricket team has been under heavy criticism since their early World Cup exit. There’s no clarity on the squad for upcoming matches, and Babar Azam’s future as captain is also uncertain. With their recent performances, the future looks uncertain for Azam Khan and Saim Ayub as well.

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