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PCB disappointed with ESPN Cricinfo for spreading rumours

PCB disappointed with ESPN Cricinfo for spreading rumours

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a complaint from a credible cricketing site, ESPN Cricinfo, for reporting and publishing baseless, speculative, and factually inaccurate, defaming Pakistan Cricket. According to the details, ESPN Cricinfo has used an inappropriate tone to acknowledge the PCB and its decision based on their false reports.

The PCB maintains that the website has breached all ethical and professional norms that can violate the board’s bond with the stakeholders. Furthermore, the board hopes that the website will be quick to note, interact and modify its stories, correcting them based on truth and eliminating all false accusations, words, adjectives, and rumours.

ESPN Cricinfo published a story under the headline “PCB to deny NOC to Pakistani players for BBL but the PCB has turned down the story. The board further told that the website called the PCB to confirm, but since the business was closed at the time of calling, the board is astonished to see the story published without verification.

Although the board got back to ESPN Cricinfo and updated the website with the facts in details, yet, the cricket giant has not yet updated its article, based on speculation and fake assumptions.

According to PCB, the true state of affairs are,

  1. The PCB received the first list of players for the BBL Draft on 16 July. Following exchanges and discussions, the final PCB response went to the Player Agent on 26 July, in which it was clarified that player NOCs will be discussed and issued in due course after considering a number of factors, including player workload and domestic/international commitments
  2. The PCB received the second list of players on 2 August. This is presently being reviewed, and a response will be provided in due course
  3. In July, the PCB had received requests for two centrally contracted players for the ILT20. On 26 July, the PCB had informed the Player Agent that the NOC approval was subject to the two players’ workload and participation in the international series against New Zealand and the West Indies, which overlap with ILT20
  4. In the backdrop of the above three points, the PCB is yet to consider the matter of issuing NOCs to the players. At present, it is reviewing requests for releasing player names for BBL and ILT20 Drafts. Issuing NOCs is the second phase of the process
  5. The PCB is yet to receive any request from the CSA for its league, which is also contrary to what ESPNCricinfo has incorrectly reported
  6. The PCB NOC Guidelines allow players to apply for a maximum of three NOCs per year, excluding the PSL and NOT PSL plus one as incorrectly reported by ESPNCricinfo. The PCB has always been flexible in issuing additional NOCs as long as these did not coincide with its international series or domestic competitions
  7. Contrary to the ESPNCricinfo claim, which says: “Players have asked the board for copies of the contracts in order to first run them past a set of legal eyes before they decide on signing”, the PCB confirms no player has made any such requests
  8. The central contracts for the 2022-23 season were announced on 30 June, five days before the side’s departure for Sri Lanka. The side returned on 29 July, and the players then dispersed. When the players reassemble in Lahore on 5 August for a training camp, they will be provided copies of the central contacts, which is the usual process
  9. ESPNCricinfo is also incorrect in reporting there was no discussion and consultation prior to finalising the terms of the central contract for the 2022-23 season. As always, a consultation and discussion process took place this year as well
  10. Furthermore, and contrary to ESPNCricinfo claims regarding contractual restrictions on individual commercial deals and that the PCB relented on the basis of legal representation made on behalf of the player, it is clarified that the contract specifically requires players to refrain from doing any act that endorses a competitor of a current sponsor / commercial partner of the PCB (and not just principal sponsors), especially since the revenue received from the central PCB sponsors contributes toward the players’ own income. No NOC for signing a deal, which is in direct competition with any of the PCB’s current commercial partners, has been granted to date. The PCB has, however, received a request directly from a player for his proposed sponsorship to be reconsidered. This request is still under review.

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