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Conspiracy of silence

Kamran Abbasi


The facts don't fit with Lalit Modi's explanation © AFP
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Not a single Pakistan cricketer has attracted a bid in the IPL auction. Can this be genuine? Lalit Modi doesn't see anything strange in it, others haven't attracted bids either he says. But which other country with Pakistan's track record in Twenty20 cricket has been blanked?

Let's examine the facts. The current crop of Pakistan players were among the winners of the 2009 World Twenty20 and finalists in the previous one. Lahore Badshahs won the ICL. Pakistan cricketers featured prominently and influentially in the inaugral IPL tournament, and they are some of the best Twenty20 players in the world. Shahid Afridi, at the very least, is a star attraction.

The facts, Mr Modi, don't fit with your explanation. Why were Pakistan players put through the charade of entering the auction when they were to be boycotted by the franchises? Undoubtedly, politics are in play and Pakistan's cricketers are pawns in the South Asian game of battle chess.

Once more, Pakistan cricket is being marginalised with the PCB and the ICC watching impotently. The wall of silence that has greeted Pakistan's players in the IPL auction isn't a misfortune. It reeks of conspiracy.

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Posted by AVIDFAN on (May 9, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

this is not a point to ponder too much..regardless of whether this is a conspiracy or not is not a thing to think too much on.

India has every right to do what they want on their own soil.. they own it and should be given the chance to call shots..plus every team has its own management..there has to be something wrong which has made them be unanimous about this issue... yet it would definitly be a better IPL with pakistan players in teh calibre of afridi etc.....

Posted by mohammd shahjahan on (February 2, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Its enough this has been done after long planning in background, To teach these chunk other ppl need to get united against these atrocities. without let down isolate ipl from international players, after one year or so it 'll get reduced to a domestic matches, by the time generate some other events better than this just like of ICL which was far better then IPL. shahjahan Mohamamd, India

Posted by SHAROZE AHMED on (January 31, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

I think the current performance of Pakistani players effects on the bid in IPL. I think this will help Pakistan as well because it might be possible that Pakistani Players improve their performances to find a place in next IPL :)

Posted by Kaustav on (January 30, 2010, 19:48 GMT)

Just curious, but has it dawned upon anyone that the recent form of Pakistan (i'm not referring to the T20 WC but the Oz tour) might have something to do with all this hulla ballu

Posted by Yadayuk on (January 30, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

I am Indian and a cricket fan. I would have loved to see Pak cricketers play in IPL. But NOT in the present circumstances. Politics and sport are not two compartments that they can be kept separate. If Pak wants to participate in the Indian economy it cannot act as a host to elements that harm India. Take action on the terrorists that attacked India from Pak soil and earn our trust. Until then Shah Rukh Khan may act out a drama but most Indian cricket fans will not support Pak players playing here.

Posted by Shreenivas Godbole on (January 29, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

I am greatly amused by reading comments of Journalists from Pakistan and some Anchors in Indian TV who simply want to build up thier TRP by having some discussions on cricket. Just go through the performance record of Pakistani players in IPL-1 and decide hoe many of them deserved to be selected. Except for Sohail Tanweer nobody else deserves to be purchased.Pakistan fans should stop complaining of bias and stop begging for jobs.

Posted by Hamid on (January 29, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

Yusuf continues to demoralize the team by saying that we are not good enough to beat Australia and that just coming close to beating them, and then losing, is an acheivement. I grew up watching Pakistan play in the early and mid seventies with same mindset, going on tours with the goal of drawing tests because they never believed they could win. And guess who used to be an important member of that team... INTIKHAB ALAM. Would you expect a different result from such mindsets?

Posted by Qaisar Wahr on (January 29, 2010, 0:18 GMT)

Pakistan cricket needs a big boost they to have a Who cares about the IPL ? only indians going to watch the ipl. non goverment body to run the team .The govermennt cant even run the country how are they suppose to run the Pakistan Cricket team ?

Posted by Bilal on (January 28, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

Yousuf isn't the best of captain but his negative thinking isn't helping either. He admits defeat before the start of play. He needs to brighten up and lift the moral of the team with some positive comments.

Posted by Irfan-Dubai on (January 28, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

I feel petty for those indians who tries to justify the whole issue as a business matter, message was very clear about what their intensions were, Now I request all the double standard people to understand the fect and accept what was in your dirty minds and you all must have been enjoying deep inside your heart after watching the disapponted Pakistanies. Who cares about ipl, its not going to benifit any viewers, people love cricket as a game, and Pakistanies have disappointed that how they have been singled out and treated by their own neigbours. To hell with ipl, lalit modi and bcci.

My appeal to our Pakistani cricketers, they should permanently boycott their availability to ipl in future and let these dirty and narrow minded people know, its not about money it is about prestige.

indians grow up, the money is not gonna go with any one into grave or on planks of fire, the deeds only be accompanied, try! do something for that as well.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the international editor of the British Medical Journal. @KamranAbbasi

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