NOCs revoked: No overseas cricket for Pakistan players

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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.

Executive chairman of FICA, Tony Irish, was quoted as saying that the players' representative body is in communication with the PCB regarding the World XI series and wants to see the security plan for the proposed matches.

Speaking after being named PCB chairman for the next three years, Najam Sethi expressed hope that next month's proposed World XI tour in Pakistan would be the first step towards the return of worldwide cricket. This change was made to ensure the series would not clash with a key by-election in Lahore on September 17, coming in the wake of the Nawaz Sharif's disqualification from the post of Prime Minister last month, ESPN said.

In order to consolidate measures to ensure the return of global cricket in Pakistan, ICC had confirmed sending a World XI for a three-match T20 series to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

After objections raised by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Asian Cricket Council (ACC) have moved the Under-19 Asia Cup that was supposed to be held in India to Malaysia.

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As of now, Pakistan's domestic National T20 tournament end on September 10 with the final in Faisalabad, after which they are supposed to host Sri Lanka in the UAE from September 25; thus, the window available for the World XI visit sits between September 10 and 17.

"This has compelled PCB to call back centrally contracted players besides the ones in contention for selection for the World XI series next month from their ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and English county stints".

"We have invited Sri Lanka to play a few matches (in Pakistan) after their series with us and I will try to get a reply on that invitation".

Pakistani cricketers will now report to Arthur on August 22 and will undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy, followed by a pre-series training camp.