The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has denied skipper Jason Holder the Non Objection Certificate (NOC) regarding his participation in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL). By the virtue of not getting the appropriate documents and the consent from the board, Holder will not be able to participate in PSL.
Holder was supposed to represent the Quetta franchise in the inaugural edition of the league. As per sources in the PSL, Quetta have now replaced Holder with Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera for their campaign in the first season.
“It’s true Holder won’t be playing PSL for Gladiators as his NOC has been rejected. We had been in contact with him for last several months and he wanted to be part of PSL. We understand that WICB wants to strengthen their Test team and which is why his NOC have been rejected. In the meantime, Gladiators have an option to sign his replacement,” said a PSL official to a leading Pakistani daily.
“Holder was an important part of our plans but what can we do now. We wish him good luck for his assignment while were delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of Perera who is a clever bowler and a big-hitter. Gladiators are lucky to have signed a true match-winner so it’s a win-win situation, the official added.
Holder is not the first West Indian cricketer to be denied an NOC by the WICB. In the past, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and a few others have also been denied the consent to participate in overseas T20 leagues.