Pakistan batter Mohammad Haris has faced disappointment as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) denied him a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Haris, who was set to represent Chattogram Challengers, had already played in two overseas T20I tournaments between July 2023 and July 2024, as permitted by the PCB. His appearances included stints with B-Love Kandy in the Lanka Premier League and Surrey Jaguars in the Global T20I Canada in July-August of the previous year.
Expressing his frustration, Haris revealed that he had arrived early in Bangladesh to prepare for the BPL but was informed later that the NOC would not be issued by the PCB. Despite his eagerness to contribute to his team, Haris acknowledged the support of the Chattogram team management and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). He thanked them for their care and the opportunity given to him.
In a statement, Haris said, “I also flew in on time to prepare myself to give some great games to my fans in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, my NOC was not issued. Hence, I will not play any games. I knew my team needed me. Hopefully, I will join them next year. I will definitely miss playing the BPL.”
Chattogram Challengers, in their first match of the season, emerged victorious against Sylhet Strikers. However, they faced a setback in their second game, succumbing to a defeat against Khulna Tigers. With Haris unavailable, the franchise is yet to announce a replacement for the talented batter.
The incident highlights the challenges faced by players in navigating the complex web of international cricket schedules and NOC requirements. Haris, eager to showcase his skills in the BPL, now faces the prospect of missing the entire tournament due to the denial of the NOC by the PCB.