Afridi asks PCB for NOC to play for Hampshire

Karachi: With Hampshire making it clear that a No Objection Certificate is a must to represent the team, sacked Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has requested his Cricket Board (PCB) to grant him special permission to play for the English county in their Twenty20 league.

A senior PCB official said that in his reply to the showcause notice, Afridi had asked for permission to play for Hampshire after it had revoked his NOC to play in foreign leagues as a part of several disciplinary actions taken against the all-rounder after his retirement announcement and public outburst against PCB.

"We got his reply to the notice we sent to him. He has accepted he is guilty of violating his contractual terms," the official said.

"Afridi has also admitted that he is ready to face any disciplinary proceeding against him but, in the meantime, he has asked the board to give him a No Objection Certificate to play for Hampshire in their T20 tournament," he added.

No sooner, the PCB revoked Afridi`s NOC, Hampshire made it clear that it would not be playing the under-fire all-rounder until he had a valid NOC from his home board.

The PCB official, who declined to be named, said that the board would soon take a decision on Afridi`s request after taking all considerations into account and going through the rules and regulations in disciplinary cases.

He also clarified that every cricketer, irrespective of his status, need a valid NOC in order to play in a foreign league.

"This is a rule laid out by the ICC for all players who go and play in approved foreign leagues," the official said.


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