PCB to regulate players’ league participations: Najam Sethi

Chairman says board to reveal policy made to keep players fit for national teams


Sports Desk January 25, 2018
Sethi believes managing contracted players' work load will help in keeping them fit for the national team. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that the board has come up with a policy which will now regulate the number of leagues a player participates in so that they can keep a check on his fitness.

While talking to the media in Lahore outside the PCB headquarters, Sethi said losses in New Zealand are because of the absence of front-line bowlers and all-rounders.

“When the team comes back, they’ll present the report [on the ODI whitewash] and we’ll discuss it,” said Sethi. “However, you saw some of our senior players were injured. Four or five frontline fast-bowlers were injured plus a couple of all-rounders. Plus there is a little bit of fatigue involved too.”

The 69-year-old then revealed PCB’s upcoming policy on players’ management.

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“Some fast-bowlers are playing in the county; some are playing in the leagues. We have now made a policy with the help of [Director Academies] Haroon Rasheed, [Chief Selector] Inzamamul Haq and [head coach] Mickey Arthur on how many leagues a player can participate in,” he explained.

Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman also said that he’s asked Arthur to devise individual plans for all contracted players.

“I have asked Arthur to devise a customised plan for each player’s management. The plan will tell us how to manage each individual player throughout the year. The plan will tell us how many leagues a player should take part in, when and where he suffered fitness issues and how they should be solved. He will make that plan for all of our contracted players once he comes back [from New Zealand],” said Sethi.

‘No one can stop PSL from happening’

Earlier in the week, media reports suggested a halt in the progress towards the successful organisation of the third edition of the PSL due to the non-payment of dues by certain franchises, but Sethi clarified that it was blown out of proportion.

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“A few PSL franchises delayed their payments due to genuine problems, but we also had genuine concerns about our payments for the organisation of the tournament. However, the problem was blown out of proportion and it was being said that the organisation of the third edition is in danger,” he clarified.

Sethi then added that no power can undo the PSL. “However, I am telling you, till I am here, no one can stop the PSL from happening. All our efforts are now focused towards the PSL since it has brought us fresh blood and the revival of international cricket.”

‘T20I series contract with WI revised’

Sethi, when asked about the upcoming tour of West Indies, revealed that the five-year bilateral contract for three-match T20I series, where the Caribbean giants would travel to Pakistan and then the latter would travel to the US for a tri-lateral series has been “revised”.

He said that the matches which were supposed to take place in Pakistan “would not reap any profits” so “we’ve restricted the series to just a one-off affair”.

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