Graeme Smith, the director of Cricket South Africa announced recently that centrally contracted SA players will not be given NOC for participation in the Pakistan Super League. Talking about it on the Samaa TV, Shahid Afridi took a dig at Cricket South Africa for allowing their star players to participate in the IPL during the Pakistan tour of South Africa.
David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen are the players that the PSL franchises were eyeing in their draft but after CSA decision the decision will no longer be able to bid for them. Shahid Afridi said that when it comes to IPL, every player wants to play as the Indian board is very powerful and wields financial powers.
Talking about the CSA decision, Afridi said, “Relationships need to be improved with other cricketing boards. Cricket South Africa may have taken the decision in the interest of their cricketing schedule, but I am not not able to understand that when the Pakistan team was touring South Africa, then why did they allow their few players to participate in the IPL. Did they not thought prioritizing their cricket schedule then?”
IPL has become a brand and its popularity has only gone upwards with every passing year. With the addition of two new IPL franchises around 1 billion US dollars, one can only say that BCCI has the unprecedented cash flow to them the game of cricket which is why every team in the world wants to play matches with India or want to allow their players to participate in IPL as 10% of the contracted money goes to the home boards.
In his own words, “No Doubt that India board at the moment can call anyone or even ignore some one to play cricket with them. We all know that and we should accept it also, that they are a very powerful Board, financially, and their policies are very good. There is too much money and everyone wants to play India. And even if someone doesn’t want to play, they still be coaxed by India board with the power of their money. Our Board PCB is not that strong financially.”