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PCB warns Afridi for illegally changing PSL franchise

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a warning to former skipper Shahid Afridi and Karachi Kings over the transfer rules of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

In a statement, the Board clarified the rules regarding the recruitment, retention, and transfer of players in the PSL, adding that Afridi still legally belongs to Peshawar Zalmi.

“There are only specific times during which teams may trade, retain or release players from the team,” read the statement.

“All PSL players are signed to a contract that expires prior to the next draft or the end of the subsequent retention window, whichever comes first,” the cricket board added.

“There are three parties who sign the contract, which are the player, the franchise and the PCB. No party may announce this contract as terminated except for the PCB, which may only happen with all parties’ mutual consent and only during the transfer or retention windows,” it clarified.

“No retentions or transfers may be made or announced outside the officially announced windows,” the Board added.

“It is expected that all players, teams, managements and owners will unequivocally abide by these rules without exceptions,” PCB reiterated.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.