Politics March 22, 2009

IPL must support Pakistan's cricketers


The possibility of the IPL moving offshore brings sadness and perhaps opportunity. Cricket is now so cowed by fear of terrorism that three South Asian nations have had key tournaments disrupted within weeks of the Lahore attacks. While a contest between Pakistan and Bangladesh would have struggled to set the pulse racing, the Indian Premier League managed to enthrall even the most skeptical of cricket fans. Much of that fascination was created by the passion of India's cricket fans, the biggest losers if the tournament is relocated.

The opportunities, however, carry their own fascination - especially for Pakistan cricket fans. Importantly, a successful offshore IPL will ease Pakistan's transition to a team of globetrotters. Furthermore, the PCB and IPL could consider reinstating Pakistan's cricketers if the tournament is outside India. Is that too much too ask? Aren't all nations victims of terrorism? Why should Pakistan's players be penalised and prevented from participating in a purportedly global tournament? Don't Pakistan's cricketers require support from the international cricket community to help competitive international cricket to survive in Pakistan?

The IPL has an opportunity to show that cricket has the power to repair damaged national relationships, and that it will not be cowed by terrorism. Indeed, becoming the premier world competition is not simply a matter of financial muscle, it is also a matter of leading by impeccable example.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • testli5504537 on November 12, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Never would have thunk I would find this so indsipesnable.

  • testli5504537 on April 6, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    I just heard heard Ravi shastri squirm on live tv about icl players! Regarding the announcement that Pakistan have included icl in their thirty man squad! The new Zealand commentator made a comment; and then said that we most definitely need shane bond in our team! U could tell that Ravi Bhai was a bit tense on the subject! All respects to India, and they are a great cricket team! But icc should not let them dictate which players that wish to represent and play for their country! The icc world twenty20 is a icc event and not bcci! Hence the name 'icc' world twenty20! Come on icc stand up for yourselves! The ipl is a great tournament! But we should not be making noise that Pakistani players should be included! We've been out the game for long periods! But we still come on strong!

  • testli5504537 on April 6, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    I see some people optimistic about next years chances of pakistan cricket team playing in India or cricket even being played in pakistan. Given the way Pakistan is collapsing,thinking about cricket is a little way too unrealistic. Pakistan has too many things to think about before cricket!!!

  • testli5504537 on April 2, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    I was just going through the Domestic Final Scorecard, Well Done to PIA. I just cant understand How a Person who Averages 56+ in first class, 44 in A list matches and still cannot find a regular place in the Pakistan Team, I am Talking about Fawad Alam.... even his average in the limited games he has represeneted Pakistan is excellent. add to his Batting Quality, he is one of the best fielders i have seen and very useful left arm orthodox bowler...I believe he has immense potential and hopefully get a regular place in the side... i am sure he is one of the answers to our middle order problem and can also score freely.... i hope Mr. Qadir has enough sense and give him a fair chance to prove his talent...

  • testli5504537 on March 28, 2009, 2:12 GMT

    I would love to watch Pak players in action in the IPL.....&& now that the tournament has been shifted out of India i dont see why that should not happen. Indeed it would be sad if Pakistanplayers are not allowed even now.

  • testli5504537 on March 26, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    Why does Mr abbasi thinks that cricket has the power to repair damaged national relationships. No sports/art form has that power. Relationships are built on trust and cooperation not on the basis of who you play with on cricket firld. Gone are the days of 90s when everyone from Pakistan to India used to say the same thing that politics has divided us, we are otherwise brothers. I am sorry now an average Indian doesn't say those things. No we are not brothers and politics doesn't seperate us. What seperate us is our national identity and the national boundaries. Indians don't care much about Pakistan and cricket anymore. Gone are those days.

  • testli5504537 on March 25, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    and i am glad to know that the tournment is held in S.Africa. being a die hard fan of Pakistan Cricket i always look at news and its affectivness to Pakistani Team.

    Now the reason m happy to see IPl in SA is although the the tournament is Pak Players Free but its stil benefical because if the tournament was held in England instead then all the players would had an advantage in T20 worldcup which wil be held in June. So thank GOD..atleast somethings our way!!!

  • testli5504537 on March 25, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    As per the Pakistani Govt is concern our officals only refused the players to tour India ONLY! and rightly so! keeping in mind the 'current circumstances'. i am kindoff sure tht our govt will have no issues if our players take part in IPL if its been played outside India. And ofcourse rules can be change it the IPL officals really wanted our players to participate then i am sure they must have hunt a way. but the reality now is the PCB and BCCI are not in good terms anymore. so BCCI hardly cares for PCB.

    Simple isnt it?

  • testli5504537 on March 25, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    a reply to deepa's comment the elections were predecided and so ws IPL so y did the change in venue came into being just days before the tournament..both the upcoming elections and the terror threat had affected this venue change. if its only because of the election this step should or would had taken quit a time before.

  • testli5504537 on March 25, 2009, 18:18 GMT

    I have been keeping a close eye on some of the domestic coverage and it seems as if the spinners are dominating the headlines in the RBS tournament. Many are unknown names but certainly the likes of Yasir Shah and Tahir Khan shall be striving for a position in the national side as Kaneria’s slump and ability to make an impact descended further and also a one day specialist seems to have been a vacant slot for some years now so a fresh face is required and either of those 2 names above or the many alternatives could be the mysterious solution !

    Also nice to see all the ICL players back and participating. There have been some good knocks from the likes of Khalid Latif and H.Farhat as well as some unheard candidates. So on the whole it's looking pleasing and promising !

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