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    PCB keen on 'exchange programme' with SLC, BCB

    Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keen on signing "exchange" contracts with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) under which their players will take part in the proposed Premier League Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan.

    "While we allow our players to go and play in the Sri Lanka Premier League if they are not required for national duty, under the exchange contract by the PCB, the Sri Lankan board will also make its players available for our Premier League whenever it is launched," Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, told the Express newspaper.

    Ashraf said the matter had been discussed with the SLC on telephone this week and the discussions had been very positive. "The Sri Lankans have also invited me to watch the first Test [between Sri Lanka and Pakistan] in Galle and we hope to send a draft of the proposed contract to them soon," he said.

    Ashraf said the PCB is also planning to sign a similar exchange contract with the Bangladesh board. "We allowed our players to go and play in the Bangladesh Premier League [BPL] and once this contract is done it will ensure Bangladeshi players will also take part in our Premier League," he said.

    Ashraf also spoke on the issue of Pakistan players not getting their payments from some of the franchises in the BPL and said it was a serious matter. "It is a serious matter and whatever commitments have been made need to be honoured. When we host a similar tournament in Pakistan we will look to avoid such issues and ensure that all documents are in place so such a scenario does not occur," he said.