PCB calls back players from foreign endeavours

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to call back the centrally-contracted players from their ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and English county stints.

The decision was taken owing to the late finalisation and rescheduling of the ICC World- XI series, which will be played in mid-September.

PCB has scheduled its National T20 Cup before the ICC World- XI series, so that the national team can leave for UAE to play Sri Lanka starting September 24.

In a statement issued on Friday, the board said that the centrally contracted players were given permission to participate in the CPL and English county season on the condition that they would be recalled if the ICC World- XI series took place mid-September.

“They are being recalled owing to the changes in schedule of the World-XI tour to Pakistan,” it read.

The players have been asked to report for a pre-series fitness-testing and training camp planned by the national team management before the National T20 tournament that starts in Multan on August 25.

The players have been asked to report to Head Coach Micky Arthur at the National Cricket Academy on August 22 for fitness and medical screening followed by participation in the national T20 tournament and preparatory camp under the supervision of Pakistan team management.