Initially, the PCB had decided not to issue NOCs to its players for the inaugural Emirates Cricket League and SA League due to international and domestic commitments, but now that Pakistan and West Indies boards agree to postpone a T20 series, the board changed its position.
The T20 series against the West Indies was scheduled to take place in January 2023, but will now be held in early 2024.
“Central contracted and non-contracted players can now make themselves available to the SA competition and also to other competitions held during this period, except the Emirates competition,” said an official source.
He said PCB had changed its mind after the South African board announced that each of the six franchises can now sign an additional wildcard player after the player auction closed a few weeks ago.
No Pakistani player was allowed to participate in the auction.
Most of the teams in the SA league are Indian owned and the same is the case in the emirates league.
The source said players can also sign up for the Bangladesh Premier League if they are for it.
Two Pakistani youths, Azam Khan and Muhammad Hasnain, were approached by a franchise not owned by Indians in the ECL, but the board refused to give them NOCs because it has made it a policy that none of its players will play in the ECL.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also not authorized its players to participate in the Emirates or SA competitions, despite the majority of franchises being owned by the franchises participating in the Indian Premier League .