Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not issue the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for Ramadan Cricket across the country.
In a statement released on Saturday, the PCB confirmed that the decision has been taken while considering the current situation around the world due to widely-spread Coronavirus. The cricket board added that they don’t want to organize any cricket activity before the current issue settles down.
“We have been approached by some organizers, seeking clarification on the PCB’s NOC policy for Ramadan cricket. At this time it is appropriate we follow our overarching policy which states that organized cricket in Pakistan will remain suspended until normalcy returns to society. In this background, the PCB will not issue any NOCs for Ramadan cricket,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, PCB will make sure to support its players and support staff in this challenging time where there is no competitive cricket being played around.
“The PCB takes the welfare and wellbeing of its staff and cricketers very seriously. It has around 220 professional cricketers on its payroll apart from its staffers. The PCB will ensure that full player salaries continue to be honored until at least the end of the 2019-2020 financial year. Furthermore, we have put in place systems to ensure that monthly salaries are paid on time and without delay,” the statement added.
It must be noted here that sports activities across the world have come to a standstill due heavy spread of deadly coronavirus which has taken plenty of lives. Last month, PCB also postponed the knock-out stage of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 following the safety precautions for players and people involved in the Twenty20 league.