Yusuf Pathan absence will be felt : Cricket Hong Kong

Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan’s absence will be felt in Hong Kong, believe Cricket Hong Kong (CHK) and the team Kowloon Cantons, for whom he was supposed to play few T20 matches next month.

Yusuf Pathan Hong Kong BCCI NOC

ICC Rules: The rules state that no player can take part in an overseas tournament under the control of another board with the permission, by way of an NOC from the players home board; regardless of whether the player is directly contracted to his home board or not.  It is a popular opinion that the BCCI make use of this rule to ensure Indian players cannot play on the global T20 circuit, by means of protecting their own IPL tournament.

“Both CHK and the Cantons accept and respect the decision of the BCCI”, Aparna Kapur Shankar, the Director-Marketing and one of the owners of the team said from Hong Kong.

Cricket Hong Kong CEO Tim Cutler said, “We respect the BCCI’s right to revoke the NOC for Yusuf Pathan as any other member has in regards to overseas players. Obviously it would have been fantastic to have Yusuf here playing in the tournament for cricket fans in Hong Kong.”

“However, there will still be 25 world class overseas cricketers playing in this event, which we believe will be a landmark event for Associate cricket.”

Kowloon Cantons CEO Urvashi Sethi, echoed CHK’s sentiments on behalf of the team, “We were greatly anticipating having Yusuf Pathan come to play in the tournament, however circumstances have now changed. We have to respect the decision of the BCCI and move forward with our preparation for the tournament in three weeks’ time.”

“It’s a loss of opportunity for every Hong Kong player to not have Yusuf Pathan, however our team is balanced with other international players such as Shahid Afridi and Tymal Mills. We are in discussion with Coach Craig Wright over our replacement and will announce a name shortly”, she added.

“Kowloon Cantons are committed to bringing in the best overseas talent to inspire and motivate local cricketers to get exposure to the highest level”, she signed off.

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