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No Pakistani Cricketers Will Feature in Afghan Shpageeza League: PCB

(Last Updated On: June 2, 2017)

In response to Afghanistan Cricket board’s stance, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that none of contracted Pakistani players and coaches will feature in Afghan Shpageeza T20 cricket League 2017.

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded in an attack in Kabul which, Afghan intelligence agency said, had been carried out by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network with assistance from Pakistan’s ISI.

Following the incident, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) subsequently cancelled all proposed fixtures between the countries.

 “In light of the calls by the Afghan nation and existed insecurity, the ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“No agreement of friendly matches is possible between both parties”.

However, PCB responded by rejecting the allegations and denying permission for cricketers including Babar Azam, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal to play in the Afghan Shpageeza league, despite being picked by franchises in this year’s auction.

“The PCB announces that none of the players and officials (coaches) contracted to Afghanistan T20 league would be issued NOCs (no-objection certificates),” the Pakistan board said in a statement on Friday.

“No Pakistani player or official can feature in the league,” it added.

The fifth edition of Shpageeza Cricket League begins in Kabul on July 18.

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