LAHORE - A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has said that there is no conflict of interest or competition between the T10 league and the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The official said: “There is no conflict of interest or competition between a 10-over league spread over just four days at one venue and the PSL, which spreads over 34 matches and six weeks at four venues.

“One PSL franchise owner has a financial stake in the league and believes that this supplements its bigger interest in the PSL instead of undermining it,” he added.

The official said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not disapproved the league. “In fact, the ICC has lent the support of its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to it to ensure it is free of such problems. The Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Cricket Boards are fully supporting it with one team each of their players.”

He further said that the PCB has taken a fee of US$400,000 from the league to allow only one of its centrally-contracted players to participate in it. This money is being spent on game development in the country. “Eighty percent of the shares of the company that owns the league are held by Pakistanis, the owners are meanwhile Muslims. The one Indian minority shareholder is also a Muslim.”

The official said that the PCB Board of Governors has agreed to support the league following a firm request from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which is a PCB partner in critical ways by hosting the PSL and the PCB bilateral cricket series.

“The players from six top cricketing national boards like England, West Indies, South Africa and others have got NOCs to play in this league. These include Eoin Morgan, Shakib ul Hassan, Carlos Brathwaite, Dinesh Chandimal, Darren Sammy and others. In fact, many current players from across the globe are featuring in the league, which shows the PCB has released the players in a competitive event,” he added.  He said: “It should also be noted that the ICC Anti-Corruption Laws will be applicable. This means that an Anti-Corruption Unit will be set up for the event like in any international event or league to keep an eye on players, and keep the game free of corruption. Two PCB Anti-Corruption Unit representatives will also monitor the league.

“The PCB has adopted a policy of friendly relations with other cricket boards, and therefore, allows its players to feature in different international leagues as a measure of reciprocity. In this regard, earlier this year, Pakistan players participated in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and currently-list players are featuring in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The players released for T10 league will further strengthen the existing relationship with the ECB, which has been very supportive of Pakistan cricket for a long time,” he added.

“It must be noted that with the gradual return of international cricket to Pakistan, the ECB has to develop its own events that can sustain its cricketing infrastructure in the UAE and events like T10, that are in no competition with PSL, enable the ECB to plan their future once Pakistan cricket fully returns,” the official concluded.