The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) for Ramadan Cricket this year following the prevailing Corornavirus pandemic.
PCB revealed that a few organizers approached them in seek of a clear policy for this year’s Ramadan Cricket, hence, the cricket board released a statement clarifying that no Ramadan Cricket will be played this year.
“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,” PCB released a statement on Saturday.
The statement further read that the PCB cares for their players and support staff in this tough situation and can’t let any cricket activity resumes at this point in time.
“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 honoured 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.”
It must be noted here that all major sports events had been postponed across the world due to the coronavirus epidemic. All public events and gatherings have come to standstill and several countries are locked down.