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Australia, South Africa say no to PSL

Karachi: Pakistan Super League (PSL) has suffered a setback after Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) decided not to issue NOCs to their contracted players for the twenty20 tournament scheduled to be held in Lahore from March 26th.
     
A Pakistani news channel reported that Cricket Australia had made it clear with reference to a query that they wouldn't be sending their contracted players to Pakistan because of the security situation.
     
"Due to the ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association would not be supportive of any international or state contracted player participating in the Pakistan Super League," a spokesman of Cricket Australia told the channel.
    
Australia is the only team not to have toured Pakistan since 1998 because of security situation. They last toured Pakistan when Mark Taylor was captain for a full series but in 2002 they backed out of a tour to Pakistan expressing security concerns because of the 9/11 incident.
     
Australia has subsequently compelled the Pakistan board to play its "home" series against the Aussies at neutral venues.
     
To make matters worse, a cricket website, Pakpassion.com also reported that it had received a statement from Cricket South Africa that it would not issue NOC's to its players for the PSL.

(Agencies)

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