This year's Pakistan Super League (PSL) has suffered a blow, as top South African centrally contracted players will not be playing the blockbuster T20 competition after they weren't granted non-objection certificates (NOCs) by Cricket South Africa (CSA), due to international and domestic assignments.
CSA's Director of cricket, Graeme Smith told ESPNcricinfo: "It is true that contracted members of the proteas team had their NOCs for the Pakistan Super League, were refused due to the Proteas international schedule and domestic competitions which must always be prioritized."
"With an away tour to New Zealand and a home tour against Bangladesh, our contracted players have to be available for their national team duties first and foremost. The same applies with regard to our domestic franchise tournaments which will be starting up soon," Smith further told ESPNcricinfo.
He elaborated: "If and when opportunities in other international T20 tournaments arise and the timings and fixtures do not clash with our own, CSA will happily approve NOCs, as we have always done in the past."
It is pertinent to mention that this policy from CSA does not apply to the players who were picked up in last month's PSL draft, as players like Imran Tahir and Rilee Rossouw will play in the PSL 2022.
South African players weren't picked in the recently-concluded PSL 2022 mini-draft over CSA's refusal.