English cricketers warned against playing Pakistan Super League

Published: January 20, 2013
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File photo of an English cricketer. PHOTO: BCCI/FILE

File photo of an English cricketer. PHOTO: BCCI/FILE

English cricket players have been warned against participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), ESPNcricinfo reported on Sunday

The Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), England’s players’ union, is said to have “grave concerns” about the security situation in Pakistan and does not want its players to participate in the PSL, which is set to launch on March 26.

The PCA has contacted each country asking them to refuse issuing No Objection Certificates, which would deny players from partaking in the PSL.

PCA chief executive Angus Porter said, “Our advice is that players should not take part in the PSL” in a statement to the Mail on Sunday. “I’m certain England will not issue No Objection Certificates to their centrally contracted players.”

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has also caused some apprehension for ther PCA, but numerous English players took part in the first two editions.

Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah and Phil Mustard are among the English players in the BPL.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • HA
    Jan 20, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Gang up against Pakistan, again! Well done! Pun Intended

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  • Spoiled Brat
    Jan 20, 2013 - 9:58PM

    PCA chief executive Angus Porter

    Seems like someone is on someones payroll

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  • Jan 20, 2013 - 10:57PM

    Pakistan is such a dangerous country. Bombs going off everywhere. Mobs rioting practically every week. Why would anyone risk coming here?

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  • Iqbal
    Jan 20, 2013 - 11:00PM

    I live in London and I am not surprised PCA has issued this warning. Our ex Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, once said that over 90% of world’s terrorism is linked to Pakistan.
    PCA very well know that if players go to Pakistan then they will come back in body bags. The terrorists who ambushed the Sri Lankan team have yet to be caught although the judiciary appears to be arresting anyone who they think are plasphemers. This is the sad story of today’s Pakistan and judging from IMF’s and ADB’s recent assessment of the economy, Jinnah’s creation has gone disasterously wrong. Pakistan is now technically bankrupt. I wish I could remove my birth place from my birth certificate. My grandchildren will have to be told that there was once a country called Pakistan where I was born and now it is history. RIP

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  • Stalin
    Jan 20, 2013 - 11:43PM

    Well I think the PCB should focus on their domestic cricket for the next 10 years as the situation is not going to be normal soon. They should not invite foreign players as the security situation is precarious and some bad incident might happen which can cause a great harm to Pakistan cricket. They should play in South Africa instead.

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  • bibi
    Jan 20, 2013 - 11:55PM

    PCB stop embarrassing yourselves and us. Do yo really think cricketers are going to come to Pakistan super league?? Just let our team play at international venues and prove themselves.

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  • Spoiled Brat
    Jan 21, 2013 - 12:41AM

    @Iqbal:
    Thank you for leaving Pakistan, Pakistan don’t need selfish people like you…..

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Pakistani cricket authorities are responisble for the mess we are in. After terrorist attack on Sri Lankan Team, if PCB themselves had requested other cricket playing nations to delay future tours untill normalcy returns, after couple of years their response would have been differente on PCB’s invitations. PCB policy to invite other teams ignoring country’s internal situation aided with threats and pressure tactics has back fired. When Sri Lanka was in turmoil, it was Sri Lankan authorities who use to request touring team to cancel the tour after a serious terrorist attack. On the other hand, PCB’s behaviour shows that they don’t care safety and security of other teams.

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  • Jan 21, 2013 - 3:33AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I used to live in Sri Lanka and what you’ve said is totally incorrect. The Sri Lankan government never encouraged outsiders to stay away. It was quite the opposite in fact. Even when the war was on Sri Lanka used to get hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists visiting it every year. The situation was never as bad there as it is in Pakistan today. Mind you Pakistan doesn’t have a tourist industry to begin with and, in fact, the locals don’t take tourism seriously at all.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 21, 2013 - 6:05AM

    @iqbal its really sad to see how hopeless and coward a person can be instead of supporting and regaining faith in ur homeland u wish u were never born in it sad and ironic it is, sorry to say but today we stand in a situation like this is mainly because of the people like you who represent the country in such a disgracefull way get a life man !!

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  • Irtiza
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:17AM

    @Iqbal:
    I wish local body here in Pakistan could remove name of a person like you from their record. BTW, don’t worry about your grandchildren as they will never get a chance to see you as soon you will be thrown in a old house by your children and one day your grandchildren will have to be told that there was once a person called Iqbal and now it is history. RIP

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 21, 2013 - 8:34AM

    @Iqbal……you should be ashamed of what you said about Pakistan, I’m glad that you don’t live in Pakistan because Pakistan don’t need a lowlife person like you.

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  • Mohammad Assad
    Jan 21, 2013 - 11:43AM

    Its just ‘advice’. Money solves a lot of problems. Even the apartheid South African regime was able to throw money and get several West Indies players to tour by giving them the status of Honorary Whites.
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    Pakistan is still not that bad.

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  • Sinner Proselytisers
    Jan 21, 2013 - 1:47PM

    @ Aamir.
    Very strong words about Iqbal – Low life.
    I guess, you have very impressive reasons to be in Toronto.

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  • Moosa Khan
    Jan 22, 2013 - 9:22AM

    PCA (mama’s boy)
    ICC (big baby)
    BCCI (big mama)
    BD (new baby)
    PCB (poor baby)

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  • Moosa Khan
    Jan 22, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @Iqbal:
    It’s shame for a nation to be linked with you, not otherwise. Recommend

  • Riaz
    Jan 31, 2013 - 2:50PM

    @Moosa Khan:

    This seems like a conspiracy of the Indians to malign out great nation.

    We should invite Indians only after the Kashmir issue is solved

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