January 19, 2010

Conspiracy of silence

Not a single Pakistan cricketer has attracted a bid in the IPL auction
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The facts don't fit with Lalit Modi's explanation © AFP
 

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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  • 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.....

  • 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

  • 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 :)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • 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

  • 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 :)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Aravind on January 28, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I could not care less about the Pakistan or its team, but objectivity trumps emotion. IPL was wrong. If you did not want them, dont invite them. But making them run-around in the middle of a tour to meet some deadlines and then not picking them is just not done. Its plain wrong.

  • Asif on January 28, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    The detractors of afridi again started writing nonsense.Instead of praising afridi they started talking about his technic.If he is so bad than why his average is better than most of the current pak players.Also they should know that afridi qualifies for tests just as a bowler only leave alone his batting.It is a shame on pak selectors,yousuf and inti that they neglected afridi for the tests and were humiliated in the test series.In the one days atleast afridi is taking the fight and aussies are scared of him. Even ponting admitted that afridi is very dangerous whether it be batting or bowling.It is time now for the board to apppoint afridi captain for all the formats of the game.With afridi leading u can atleast expect pak fighting till the end not like yousuf who concedes defeat before the game begins.

  • Bilal on January 27, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    WHY is everyone worried about joining IPL when the national team is hampered by pour performances!! I think no one wants to play for Pakistan anymore. All of these guys are just greedy for money and dont give a toss about their country. Its a shame that its all ways been like this and nothing ever changes in Pakistan. Sometimes I wonder why we're in all this mess and then realise its all self inflicted :(

  • junaid khan on January 27, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    I am originally from Pakistan living in states.The reason I mention that is because the sports like NBA NFL NHL& MLB in the U.S are all based on the franchise system, same is the IPL. It is a busniess.Its the person and his management team that decides who to buy and who to play.After all they are the ones spending millions of dollars.However,I do agree that there is more to the story that not even a single pakistani player got bid.That is controversial.But I do not agree with them crying that they did not get selected.That is purely the franchise decision since they are the owners.Pakistan players,PCB should be more worried about the national teams rather than crying over non inclusion into IPL and by the way this should not prevent the hockey teams's participation in India. This is not an answer to the situation.Two wrongs do not make it right.Pakistan should take higher approach and win the next twenty 20 WC again.Then we'll see who actually missed theopputunity.Pak players or owner

  • Mohammed Amdani on January 27, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    All Pakistanis should do something about the way Pakistani players were treated by the Indians. We all should stop buying Indian goods. Stop watching Indian movies. In other words ban India and Indian merchandise.

  • Haroon on January 27, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    "Too many chiefs not enough Indians" that true with Pakistan's cricket. Intikhab Alarm, what a big waste? What the heck he has done? I think after this diasaterous series against the Aust, Pak cricket needs a major purge. Number one objective is to reduce the surplus admin members. Number two, get rid off persistant failure e.i. Younis Khan,Mohd Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Shobib Malik and Umar Gul. Bring in some of good performers from the under 19'S. Its has been a foolish folly that experience players are needed for foriegn tours. The PCA need to take the bold step other wise Pak cricket will be in the same league as Kenya, Papua New Guinei and Afghanistan.

  • ammar ahmad on January 27, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    IPL who? I don't think there are many followers of IPL outside India. Shows true mentality of India and its people.

  • Maindad on January 27, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    kamraan. you have to shut up, tell pak to learn international cricket first, than start complaining, they are yet to win any match in Australia, its not a joke, its the truth. so keep mum

  • paddle_sweep on January 27, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    I am not sure as to why people are losing sleep over lack of Pakistani players participation in IPL. Being an Indian I am more worried about the National team's performance and I would support my home club(CSK).But certainly it would be best advised if Pakistan can understand as to why they have lost 12 test matches in a row against the Australians.Also they have lost so many ODI's against the Aussies now.Whether you believe it or not the Australians are one of the top teams in both test and ODI's and it really concerns me that Pakistan is not able to win against the Aussies.If you need to be recognised as a top team/player you need to win and perform against the top teams.

  • Javed on January 27, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Can I add something here if its not censored.

    Lets assume that BCCI, IPL team owner are all true in saying that they wanted Pakistan team to be in the IPL. Then who is behind all this, why a winning formulae is manipulated. I think it may have got to do with the extremist organisation in India threatning the teams to avoid picking the players after all most of the team owners resides in Mumbai or Delhi. We all love our lives and want to live in peace but 'Shiv Sena' may have played their ever prominent extreme role.

  • Imran Chaudary on January 27, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Asslamu Alikum, well what a joke and to be honest no suprise at all from my piont of view as for a long time now I have known or had my reasons for beliving that the BCCI and the Indian Gov have a special hatred for Pakistan, especially the cricket as we all try to think that cricket breaks barriers, however these barriers are now being created in cricket due to the hatred India has for Pakistan, this is the reason why we as Pakistanis see our team in such strife and always struggling, we will always be behind india in everything, in al factors, one thing was our cricket, as I still beleive we are a better cricketing nation that India, the India gov and BBCI have always tried to make Pakistan look bad and in front on the International community and have made Pakistan a minority in Cricket, is this the only way for them to be better than us, wow these Indians are sly, and now this snub, we won the last 20/20 and will also win this 20/20 too inshallah, they can try but they can't stop us

  • Pallathz on January 26, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Disagree with you on this one Kamran.I think the conspiracy theory is misplaced.The only issue here is it could have been handled better & in that sense I think BCCI messed it up as usual.

    I’m surprised with this new affinity of the Pakistanis cricketers wanting to play in India & all the more baffling that IPL is being projected as the beginning & end of cricket.This is purely a commercial venture & a private affair.The records don’t matter & its just commercial. Who cares if Afridi or Tendulkar scores a 200 in IPL? Its just an entertainment & who remembers anything about IPL 1 except Shane Warne’s captaincy & what about IPL2???

    Security of the Pakistani cricketers & in general would have been a concern .So in that sense the Franchise owners have taken a right decision.The only aspect is they should not have been in the list to start with.I think Pakistani cricketers would do better if they learn basics & concentrate more on test match cricket.They have the bowling riches.

  • sajid141@hotmail.com on January 25, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Instead of bieng obsessed with IPL and sulking over non selection of our players we should concentrate on how to get our domestic cricket to produce better players I read pakspin blog and beyond the blue blogs and found that most of articles as well as comments by Indian bloggers were constructive and suggestions to improve domestic structure. No wonder they are going ahead while we remain busy sulking and infighting for issues where we are not even considered important.

  • Shaan Arora on January 25, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    They are not playing well. They have lost test series 0-3 in

    Australia (12 consecutive test matches) and are down 0-2 in ODIs at the

    moment.They do not have a broad appeal from a marketing perspective.

    Keep in mind the IPL is heavily dependent on ad revenues. The reason they were not bought is simple!commercial liablity and the

    security risk factor to them.Much is made of Pakstan winning the T20

    WC. So far, there have been two WCs. India won the first ,if similar

    logic is applied to what Pakistanis are claiming,the perhaps India are better because they won the first one.

  • Fatir on January 25, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    I urge all Pakistanis ALL OVER THE WORLD to boycot the IPL and not follow it on TV or any other media. Audience share is important for channels which buy transmission rights. Hit the Indians where it hurts - in their pockets.

  • Mannu on January 25, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    It's sad that some of the best T20 talent in the world (pakistani players) will not be seen in IPL-3 but at the same time one must sample this 67 players up for grabs for only 11 slots... and where does a franchisee go if they have picked an Pakistan player and Ind-Pak political situation worsens? Hence it seems purely a business decision more than a political one and I think people in both the countries and Pakistan players in particular shouldn't be too emotional about it in a professional world...If things improve on the political front I am sure we will see a team from Pakistan in CL T20-2010.Good pointer to the whole scene will be the Hockey world cup in India where Pakistan will be participating.

  • Ahadjoo on January 25, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Well, Pakistan has been taken forgranted and it is time for them to react. PCB should take the cue from the satellite TV operators who have decided to boycott IPL in Pakistan, and protest in likewise means. Wasim Akram may be well advised to give up the idea of coaching any IPL side.

  • paddle_sweep on January 25, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Guys - Pakistan is not able to win a single match against the Aussies.Instead of worrying about IPL worry about the Pak National team.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on January 24, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    It was sad to watch Pakistan being trounced in the 2nd ODI by an Australian side which has dominated the visitors from the go. At best the Pakistan bowling looked very ordinary as compared to the home team, which demolished the Pakistan batting. Afridi did'nt look keen to stay on the crease. A great player adjusts his game to the situation. He fell to a needless and poor stroke. It shows Afridi has no temperament or technic to play tests. From the way things are going in the middle Australia will drub the Paks 5-0 in the ODI series. Yusuf made another huge mistake electing to bowl after winning the toss. Bad judgment again. But in any event there is nobody in the present team, that can claim to lead this Pakistan team. Umar Akmal has been rapidly taken out of the game and does not look anything like the player, yje fans thought he could be. Australia has practically shut him down. Out of form YK with all his experience got out on a duck playing a poor stoke. Pak was clearly outclassed.

  • Shiraz on January 24, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    ermmmm. Have did the franchise owners just say they can put up the security for the PAK team..... hmm what will they do for the world cup...... if an internation team cannot travel to India... then they should consider moving the world cup to an other venue..

  • P.Balasubramaniam on January 23, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    As a cricket fan i have a question. Did the Indian Govt. at any point of time has called and informed the IPL officials or the Franchisees that there would be difficulty in giving the pakistan players visa? I suppose Mr.S.M Krishna has quoted in the press that there is no directive like that.

    So hiding under the visa issue is strange. There is something more to this what is it? If it is performance related then, in this slambang variety every one has his day and definitely the Pakistan cricketers too would have had their day. There is something more to this and if all the franchisees are going to function like cartels then this farce is going to continue happening in the future too. Unfortunately the gentlemen game is being played by corporate honchoos and world is mighty thrilled about it.

    Good luck folks.

  • jogesh99 on January 23, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    If at all. its a snub to Pakistan's government, not to its players or people. And whats wrong with that - weren't South Africa's players sidelined during apartheid? Cue to start nit-picking.

  • Meety on January 23, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Also - if it annoys you that there are no Pakis in the IPL, don't watch it or write about it. Personally I think there are countries that would run it better, (Sth Africa did a fairly good job with IPL 2). Australia would run it well but there would not be many grounds available because it would be in the Football season.

  • virat on January 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    I am really surprised at the outrage in Pakistan. It is almost as if they think it their birthright to be included in IPL. Would they be as outraged if an English league did not take them? I'm not so sure. I don't think IPL could have asked Pak players not to apply, as it has to provide equal opportunity. But that necessity does not apply to the auction , which is by choice. Pak players should have realised that before putting their names forward and sending emails to Modi and what not. Honestly I wouldn't be able to take any of the Pak players simply based on the high risk of non-availability of that person due to either terror attack by Pak based militants (like 26/11), or visa denial, etc...

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on January 23, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Pakistan lost the first ODI against an in form Australian side who relentlessly chased 275 with more than over to spare. If Afridi had batted with control, Pakistan could have reached 290-300 making it a more challenging task for the home side. Mo Yo still does not get and he allowed the Australians to keep scoring singles. On this pitch, Mo Yo should have played Gul instead of the Off Spinner. Pakistan was one pace bowler short on this bouncy wicket.

  • Asif Ibrahim on January 22, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Many here are talking about business stuff,and missing the whole point of discussion here.Paki players didnt play IPL2,and there was no reaction from Pak.Its the manner of treatment they got this time.N seriously nobody saw IPL2 in Pak.Obviously IPL' Modi is proud enuf to deny Paki players b4 auction(if this security/Business insecurity was on stakes).At least they wld hv been saved from a thousand other apologies.

  • M KHAN on January 22, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Masybe just the tonic PAK players needed. Now atleast they can forget this damn IPL circus and concentrate and focus on their national duties. I think 20/20 is fine and the world cup 20/20 is great to have once every 2 years. But these new leagues popping up everywhere is crazy and must be very disturbing to the players mentally. Atleast PAK players did not need this damn ipl curcus to become 20/20 Champions and we will win the WC 20/20 again this year INSHALLAH without ipl involvement. Just hope that twitt M Yousaf is not the captain when the WC 20.20 comes around - the guy is hopeless.

  • chetan on January 22, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    i am so glad that Shahid Afridi did not get a single bid. The way he behaved and critized his captain and his teammates in the 1st IPL edition was pathetic. His former team deccan chargers won the 2nd edition of IPL, maybe because he was not part of the team. In cricket you have to be a team player

  • Hamid on January 22, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Pakistan should never be dependent on India. PCB and Pakistani businesses should find a Pakistani league, at home or offshore. Complaining to ICC and to BCCI is simply reinforcing the notion that India is our big brother, which it is not.

  • Pak Warrior on January 22, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    I fully support comments of some fellow Pakistanis that we MUST ban IPL matches in Pakistan. If any TV channel shows them, it should be boycotted. No indian cinema as well! Let the corporates meet the political reality!

    Lets develop our own cricket infrastructre, involve and help other powerful nations such as China, to develop it as well. From now on I won't be watching any match where india is playing. Pakistan must also withdraw from the hockey world cup being played in India!

  • Rationalist on January 22, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    To Pakistanis and Indians. "Nothing personal, its business":- The Godfather

  • Mustafa Pasha on January 22, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    As someone who tries to avoid the jingoistic and paranoid posturing that emanates from both sides of the subcontinent i am surpised at the stand indian fans have taken on this site and others. the main argument seems to be that the franchises are commercial entities and that doubt over the availability of pakistani players forced them to not bid.

    First of all the pakistani players were included in the auction because the franchises had shown official interest in acquiring each of the 11 players. In fact this is one of the pre conditions for any player to be eligible for the auction. So it might be prudent to ask why the franchises changed their minds? its not like the political/security situation has changed in the past month.

    Secondly all this talk about investment in pakistani players going down the drain due to non availability does not make sense. are not the players paid according to the number of matches that they are available for?

  • Atif W. on January 22, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    You got it spot on.

    Let me again clarify the situation: The Pakistani players could have been told previously not to take part in the auction because the franchises wouldn't pick them. At least one franchise had to be interested in a particular player in order to be considered for the auction list. Now, if after the auction the franchises come and explain you we didn't bid for anyone because the availability wasn't guaranteed then it is really ridiculous. I mean how can you say this? They could have said this way before the auction so that the Pakistani koum was spared of this embarrassment instead of coming with this excuse after the auction. Obviously, there was a planned consent to ignore Pakistani players to humiliate them and Pakistan. The franchises could have personally spoken to the players before the auction that they won't bid for them but they didn't. But even in these circumstances you would have expected a franchise to bid for at least 1-3 players.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA USA on January 22, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Had some of the critics from across the border not questioned the quality of our cricketers, I might have reluctantly concured with their opinion that Pak players were excluded from IPL in the best financial interest of the Franchise Owners. The team owners can request their Government to issue visas & travel permits to all overseas players without any exception. It appears these franchise owners were convinced that Pak cricketers won't get visas to play in India. So they opted out and did'nt risk investing in Pak players. Did these owners have inside information, to which the rest of us are not privy? IPL is a source of monetary benefit for cricketers from all parts of the world. Our cricketers are naturally upset at the loss of this opportunity. Our boys can consider this as another compelling reason to play hard & win convincingly the ODI series against Australia. IPL by snubbing our players have lost the admiration of millions of its supporters in Pakistan.

  • Panga Khan on January 22, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Cricket is a game of numbers - best thing Pakistan cricketers can do is win the next T20 World Cup that will make people realise IPL is not complete because the World Champions are not there. The whole issue may be political and so was the IPL2 when Pakistan Government didn't allow pakistan players - so what is the fuss? There is a huge amount of animosity going on between the two Nations at this point in time - you only have to look at the Hindustan Times Blogs. So, let the dust settle and hope for better times. More anger is not going to resolve anything. To Pakistan cricketers my only advice is - be the best - eyes will follow you. Love Panga Khan

  • asad on January 21, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    T-20 is a great source of entertainment on the field and off the field as in this case. Well let's see if Pakistan and rest of the IPL rejects can start a new league in Dubai. As far as Indian tactics to humiliate Pakistan cricket, I am shocked that people are shocked about this behaviour. nuf said.

  • Cricketrocks!! on January 21, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    @Adeel Tariq : mate this is IPL - "INDIAN" LEAGUE. Why should a Pak based Franchise in our league? @Amer Khan : Pak winning T20 is different from IPL. It won't be any shame on us. IPL said no not because of the player's worth but because off the Political situation. @Mohd Azizuddin : well said mate.. first let ur board become professional... also one suggestion I wanna add to Dr.Abbasi's blog on PCB is : Cricketers are for playing and not running the game. Our team is successful because of Board and Players are amicable. Lara was great yet WI suffered due to apperehensions of players with board. Let Board be run by administrators like Pawar/Modi/Morgan/Majola not by players.

  • Ashish on January 21, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Dunno about what happens in the government and if there was a government pressure, but BCCI is highly money minded(unfortunately) and I don't see any reason for them to "conspire" or "demean". They would rather demean themselves then to loose such a money making opportunity of including Pak players.

  • marees on January 21, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Can anybody please explain, if there was supposed to be a minimum retainer amount for those whose names were supposed to be included in the auction? I think in future all auctioness should insist on a minimum guaranteed amount as a price for putting up thier names for auction. That would make it more fair for everybody

  • Di7y on January 21, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    The key facet that everyone hasnt given any attention to is what happens to Pak participation in the 2011 world cup? Can or should they play in India given the fact that India have clearly shown that they dont want to host Pakitani players.

  • Zaid on January 21, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Inshallah we will start PCL from next year & invite other country players to play in our league I hope the Nihat's ,Hashoo's & Jang etc . are listening , lets strt our own league guys why should we care about what India does? We can probably invite Sri lanka , Australia , England etc. over here & have our own T20 cup ala international T20 , wherein all country players are invited even Indians. Lets show them tht we pakistani's are large hearted enuff to forgive them , Mr.Abbasi I totally agree with your point of view, why snub our Champion Team we never snubbed Indian Team when we were at top with Imran , Wasim & others , lets get united & show who the champions are.

  • haris shaukat on January 21, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Salam to every 1, It's an disapponting news, Pakistani cricketers have been over looked in this IPL, "Politics & Cricket" 2 seperate things, both should be kept away, the last time when Pakistan won the t-20 championship it was due to there non playing in the ipl, I hope so Pakistan would play the next World Cup & would slap these IPL people by winning the t-20 World cup, for ignoring them

  • K Kayani on January 21, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Don't forget that it is IPL that let India lose last two big tournament so shamefully and badly... Atleast we can focus on the real tournament that can bring pride for our nation. Also IPL is all betting and making money saga.... not a true cricket. Everyone knows that two countries are heaven of Betting one India and second South Africa.. that is why IPL will only thrive only in these countries...

  • Khawaja Ahsan on January 21, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @ Kumar , even if your logic is accepted can you enlighten us why all the ignored ones were the Pakistani's?

  • Sam on January 21, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    IPL on youtube! I am sure max downloads will be in Pakistan

  • Adeel Tariq on January 21, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Lot of questions over whether Pakistani players should be so keen to join IPL even after this. But realistically, you cannot blame them as this is where the big bucks are. If indian Franchises are so afraid to put money on Pakistani players due to country tensions, then IPL, PCB and ICC should seriously consider the option for a Pakistan based franchise. As it is, it is unfair to make IPL official ICC event. Lahore Badshah's was a cool name already taken by ICL but we can think of something. Afterall when it is hosting world cup India, Pakistan have always been allies, why not IPL. Matches can be in India but Pakistani players hae the right to participate. Lot of business tycoons on this side of border will be interested.

  • Coeurlion on January 21, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Well... what a difference a week makes! Really Mr. Abbasi, you need to be consistent. One week ago, in your article "PLEASE, GREEN CAP BEFORE GREENBACKS", YOU said 'An eternity in the limelight and an IPL contract have become the objectives of modern players. I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine, and hang Pakistan cricket. Ultimately, the cricket board is responsible for tolerating this nonsense, and players are responsible for allowing us to question their motives'. NOW it's a conspiracy that no Pakistan player got a bid. Which one do you want? Don't get mad... get even! Maybe this 'snub' will be the boot in the backside that gets the Pakistan team players to put their country FIRST, to concentrate and perform in the international arena. Get the discipline and the results, and lo and behold, when IPL4 comes along, the franchises would be waving $$$ at the Pakistani players.

  • Salman on January 21, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    What else do you expect from Indians???

  • Amer Khan on January 21, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    @ muzz (and for anyone who thinks that Pakistanis deserve to not get into IPL because they have been playing poorly in the past 6 months) : Pakistan has hardly played any T20s since they won the world championship. They get beat in tests and one-dayers. But firstly, the IPL is a T20 tournament, its not as if they are playing a Test in Australia. Secondly, IPL owners are bidding on individual talents like Afridi and Gul, and not on the entire Paki team, which would involve buying players like Misbah as well. And thirdly, what makes the other IPL selections talented and deserving of a spot in front of the World Cup Champs? Would you pick Pollard over Afridi?

    This auction is a complete sham. Pakistani players should stop complaining and not feel slighted about their T20 talent, or get their feelings hurt. All they can do now is win the 2010 T20 world cup in West Indies this May, and to rub it into IPL's face.

  • Derrick Parker on January 21, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    But it isn't domestic cricket. Players from all over the world were invited and welcomed.

  • Mohsin on January 21, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Umer Gul was the player of the year in T20 even he has not been included in IPL. This shows that this is third class event. At least I will not pay attention to this event.

  • Noor on January 21, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Now with no IPL commitment I hope the Pak management make the most of it by facilitating more practices and emphasis on catching, fielding and running between wickets. I think the first step is to get an honest mangement team, I like the look of Abdul Qadir, a down to earth man who I believe can do a good job for Pakistan.

  • Faraz on January 21, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    The ICC needs to review giving the IPL any recognition, or any scheduling benefits. Its a private league but if it systematically excludes players from one member country it should not be a recognized league.

  • jags on January 21, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    This is an insult to the game of cricket itself.... The IPL has lost all the credibility and charm by this move...Sorry for the Pak players who deserve the IPL spots

  • Waleed on January 20, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    I live in USA and have a lot of Indian friends and they share the same view with me. Everyone who has any sense in India and Pakistan that when it comes to cricket, its not just cricket. People worship this game in the sub continent. When India and Pakistan play, people forget about their differences. Great examples are India's tour of Pakistan in 2004 and 06. and Pakistan's wins in Chennai in 1999. But also on the other hand it can create havoc between the already tense political situation. AS you already see that the national assembly speaker has told ministers to not go to India. This is a very sad situation which could have been easily avoided by the correct handling. If there was an issue, players should have been told in the first place. Anyone talking about how its a business and its their choice must be kidding as everyone knew what implications it will have on the relations between the two countries. So my indian friends please think with open mind !

  • Fawad Ala on January 20, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @Indianz. Pakistanis are not crying becuase our players are out, we are worried becuase our players were invited by Franchise and later humilated. Did you see any comments like this on last occassion..? If indian people can not see pakistani players on their soil then why Bollywood welcome our singers in recent time despite of tension between two countries.

  • Adnan on January 20, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    I repeat, its a blessing in disguise for Pakistan T20 World Cup Campaign and our cricketers should not have expected anything better from the Indians in the first place. The whole drama of auction was meant to humiliate Pakistani players. I hope the players learn some self respect and don't ever go into IPL again.

  • mali on January 20, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    mr shanker even as businessman i will still go for afridi as business is more about taking risks.

  • muzz on January 20, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    after seeing Pakistanis performance in last 6 months no body will gamble their money - so in my opinion - pakistani Players got what they deserve --- long holiday with no job. well done IPL - BTW I am Pakistani

  • Mohd Azizuddin on January 20, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I read about half the comments on this thread before I felt like adding some comments of my own.

    1. IPL is not international cricket, it is more like gully cricket for timepass. Why are you making a big mountain out of a mole-hill, Mr Abbasi ?

    2. India-Pak relations are at an all-time low. If we(PCB) had any common-sense, we should've anticipated this situation, and we should've prevented this humiliation by withdrawing our players from IPL-3. When our own board doesnt care much for the honour of our nation, why expect franchise-owners of a foreign land to care more?

    3. Franchise owners are businessmen, and successful businessmen consider political equations in their business plans. Any sensible businessman would've done the exact same thing, including you, Mr Abbasi.

    4. Even if we forget our political situation with India, how can we ignore our own political situation? We play our "home" games in another country. How can we expect PCB to have any power in Intl cricket?

  • Mohammed Ahmed on January 20, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Other day ICC Chief MR MORGAN wants to resolve Pakistan and India cricketing ties.Action taken by IPL/BCCI/Franchise is the first step of resolving,Good luck Mr Morgan Boss.

    Thanks, Mohammed Ahmed. Cricket Fan.

  • Chinmay on January 20, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Shahid Afridi, a star attraction?

    I remember him playing for Deccan Chargers in the first IPL and he did nothing at all.

  • Mohammed Ahmed on January 20, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I am really sorry for what has happened with Paki players.I am an Indian and sports lover.The way IPL Modi and his Franchises have behaved is very shameful,many folks above said this is Indian money,Commercial ventures etc etc.People are forgetting that this is a ICC affiliation and has obligation to all ICC members.I sympathise with pakistanis and their outrageous comments are justified.I see these are political games to undermine pakistan.My humble request to BCCI/IPL/Franchises not to hurt players and play politics with them.If these businessmens were so concerned about availability then why din't they voiced before the auction.Shame on those who are responsible for this.ICC shoulr interfere in this or allow Another ICL like Franchises in every ICC member country.Good Luck.

    Mohammed Ahmed, Cricket Fan.

  • Vivek on January 20, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    QUESTION : Why were players invited for auction if franchises were uncertain about their availabity?

    ANSWER : IPL is a BUSINESS ! Auction gives you the option to select them or not. Franchises should have many options, like in business - there are many ways to make money, sometimes some businessmen put money on the risky factors and gain a lot and sometimes they are at loss. Now there were only 8 franchises and no one took that risk factor, We are having a business dude. We are earning the money. We "might" have earned more or also be in loss chosing a Pakistani player. The franchise worked on it, they had many option, they worked on their factors. It was just the oppurtiny or the option that was given to the franchise. Its just like a Black Market, IPL gave their franchises more options and none of the franchise took the risk. Great paintings sometimes remain unsold at auction. I can say Pakistani players were just used as just a "1 more option" to purchase, which they denied !

  • roshan on January 20, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    lol... i see a lot of pakistani praising themselves as the best. lol! good for them. We are happy with what we have got! Its a Indian domestic tournament. Why are pakistanis so desperate? Go and Play your own domestic tournament.

    adios....

  • Salm on January 20, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    IPL is an Indian league. If they do not select the top players its their choice. A tennis tournament with Federer, Nadal, Murray and others is simply not the best as it does not have the most talented players.

  • Chris on January 20, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Politics and sports should be kept seperate. IPL is a low profile tournament and even losing its credibility by not signing top international players, whom people like to watch. Personally I didn't watch IPL's 2nd edition and I'm not going to watch the 3rd one as well.

  • sarath chandra on January 20, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    BCCI and lalit modi are pathetic! I just think pak players should get on with life and be in shape for next wc and t20 wc! they are bound to be in better shape

  • adnan on January 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    This is aimed at all the indians who are trying to defend Modi and the franchises by commenting that there is no consipiracy and it is only a business decision. I have one question for them, why were the Pak players short listed? Franchises have had to show an interest in the player to be picked up for the auction.

    It has been done to humiliate Pak nation and player.

    Pak players have to careful that they do not get dissapointed at not making money and stay focused at the T20 world cup. Because knowing our players they might get too disappointed that they are never going to get the IPL contract and therefore do not need to perform in the world cup.

    It would have been good to watch Pak players as Pak fan in IPL, now there is no point for me to follow IPL.

  • djb on January 20, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Hopefully, this is the first nail in the coffin of the long overdue death of the IPL.

  • Raj on January 20, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    The sooner that Pakistani supporters stop seeing ghosts behind every curtain, the better they will understand that this is business and not child's play. And for those suggesting that it was some sort of political motive - just remember that it was the Pakistani Minister who first weighed in with his absurd comments. Even so, if one goes by the fact that the Pakistani Team is the current T20 champs - just remember the operative words - "Pakistani Team." i don"t think any IPL franchise was allowed to pick a "whole team" and no Pakistani player standing alone can claim to be the greatest talent available. Sorry if I offend anyone, but facts are facts.

  • Anand on January 20, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I am an Indian and i am also hurt by this collective insult. But we are people and not business men. Last time when Pakistan players were suddenly made not available, did we the common cricket lovers, felt for the franchise owners. No, we did not. We never said politics and sports should not mix. But this time when the franchise owners did the same. We feel bad. Maybe it is in the mistaken belief that we can put past behind. But business men are not swayed by emotions and they will try to cut their risks as much as possible. So lets face it, that IPL is business and IPL fans are deprieved of some good players.

  • dr salman on January 20, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    every other person (esp indians) r making a common comment that who wud risk thier money on players who may not b able to participate/may ve to go back if there s a twist in indopak relations...then in the very first place y did u ppl put up the pak players names on auction?? if u were that scared of such unfavorable circumstances..u shdnt ve included pak players in the auction in the very first place!!! o n btw...lolz @ e-Butt ;)

  • Wazi on January 20, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    All of these people who are talking about the availability of the players and spending millions of them dont realize that these pre selected players were in the list because of interest shown by the franchise. Their security clearance is already done. Be more realistic guys and accept the fact that its all politics.

  • Vaz on January 20, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    The pakistani must know the mindset of indians, and their behaviour/rivalry towards pakistan, we should not expect any good from our enemy. This is the small example what they want, we should reject indian proposal of business cooperaton and rout to Afghastan. The ICC must not allow such tournments which are spreading hat between two nations.

  • badboy on January 20, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    here many people are saying if they didnt want to take pak players coz of security,political n stuff why did they include them....now if they didnt include them it would been diff story here people would say they didnt include coz india doesnt want pak players to play n stuff...we have to understand 1thing this is bussiness....if i invest on sumthin i need profit not losses...its not mater of indian or pakistani....they included them it was on franchises to take risk n invest on them....it would have been better to talk to indian govt.1st wether they will give visas to players who have been selected after tat they should have done this bidding stuff....n 1 thing is for sure no matter how much we fight here be it indian or pakistani....if next year everythin is fine all pakistani players would play in ipl...its all money....

  • Apyboutit on January 20, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    It is really sad that there will no Pak players playing in this IPL. But I doubt if there is any conspiracy attached to it. If Lalit didn't want them at the auction, he would have not extended the deadline for player registration, only for the Pak players, while PCB re-thought and re-allowed them to participate in IPL. Also, Pak players were star attractions at both ICL and IPL - which shows there was no bias. So, I think the franchisees have a point in being nervous of wasting their money, if situation turned bad, unavoidably. Anyway, there were only totally half a dozen players picked. Hence, although it seems odd, and as much as it hurts me as an Indian to known that I will miss watching Afridi beat the crap out of a cricket ball, on Indian soil, playing for an Indian franchise (Ooooh! why was at leeeaaast Afridi not picked), I think what has happened is purely based on monitory reasons.

  • Muthu on January 20, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I am suprised to see most of the comments made by people from India (my country). Everyone talks about issues with Pak cricketers, availability, security risks etc. However, all these were known already to franchises before including them in auction list. Why include and then humiliate them? This is simply not on.

  • shams on January 20, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    ok lets do some thing about all this ....i rquest to all pakistani and cricket lover to not watch ipl on tv and dont visit any artical or scorcard of ipl .i m not visit any thing relate to ipl so on...thx ...

  • awais on January 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Guys cool down! Concentrate on the one day series in Australia. LET THE BALL AND BAT TALK. Really who cares it was just a mou=ney making oppertunity for the players nothing else. In reality we all need to look at the reasons for our failure in the test series against Australia. PLEASE FOCUS ON THE REAL PROBLEMS.

  • Shreenivas on January 20, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    For a businessman what matters is now and not what you achived in past. Which of Pakistan players are worth paying for today? Do you think any Pakistan player was worth paying for on the basis of their current form?

  • Neville on January 20, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Facts: The IPL is a domestic league. Facts: It is because politics and sport DO mix that perhaps justifies the decision not to bid on Pakistani players in an Indian league. Opinion: The IPL may be the richest cricket circus at present but who says it's the best quality? Look at the Big Bash in Australia where Pakistan players are competing. Opinion: Pakistani players non-involvement in IPL is a blessing in disguise for their defence of the World T20 crown. India had egg on their faces when ironically they blamed the IPL fatigue for their poor showing in World T20 in 2009.

  • Shahid Rafique Sheikh on January 20, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Pakistan cricket board and indeed pakistani players should have known better indeed should have had pride and not bothered with the whole thing in the first place, whatever has followed there on should have been forseen. In any case its better for us this way, its a shambolic affair the whole business of IPL and last years IPL absence has reaped rewards in the shape of a world cup victory. We should learn from this experience and forget the whole business for future. Please please please

  • Wasim on January 20, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    The Indians are just playing mind games. If PCB took NOC from Pak government then BCCI must have gotten NOC from the Indian Government if such NOC was taken then there should have been no uncertainity regarding the availability of Pakistan players. Indian government has implemented it's un spoken sports sanctions through the franchises so that they don't give Pakistan a reason to reciprocate.

    Indian movies are being released in Pakistan, Indian imports are also coming freely in Pakistan Ipl will be televised by Geo, I think its time to slap them with some reciprocal sanctions.

    Meanwhile the player's learned an important lesson. I hope in future they will not prefer the lust for money over national pride they should have snubbed this league in the first place.

  • Adnan Syed on January 20, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    A lot of my Indian friends are saying that the Franchises are Business people and y should they invest in providing security for Pak cricketers. All I can say to this is that AFTER the franchises expressed interest in the Pak players, were there names given for consideration. It should have been in the open since day one that we cannot provide security, so please dont come.

  • Emile on January 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Afridi has been playing for Sth Australia in the aussie domestic 20 20... He has received 2 man of the matches in 3 games and put them into the final on Saturday... Lalit modi is speaking rubbish some of these pakistani players have been robbed and so have the spectators, i'm australian BTW

  • shankar on January 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Why do think it is a conspiracy? It is a business . IPL is not run by professional but by business magnets. ok Mr.Abassi suppose u have 3 million rupees to spend on a player. will u spend it on a player like afridi who ll doubtful in participation due to political senario OR to a half a good player who ll be available for entire season. answer this question as a businessman not as a cricket writer.

  • Aniruddha on January 20, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    The debate will go on. When IPL started a couple of seasons ago Kamran managed to critisize it. Now when Pakistani players have not been selected he is crying over it. What about Wasim Akram? Isnt he part of IPL? If there is too much risk with the availability of players why should the franchises be forced to take that risk? It is an Indian domestic tournament not a world cup. Get over it. The crowd (or the lack of it) will prove if this has been the right decision.

  • sameer on January 20, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Even if it is a conspiracy who will ultimately loose. Not pakistani players, it will be IPL which will be loosing millions of cricket viewers in Pakistan and across the world. So it would not make any sense for Modi and other owners (who are businessmen to core) to snub Pakistani cricketers unless they are avoiding bigger losses by not hiring the World champs.

  • Manish on January 20, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Aijaj Butt saying 'who cares if Pakistan players play in IPL' is 'SORE GRAPES' Attitude. If he did not care, then why did the PCB go to such lengths for putting in the players for the auction in the first place? Anyway, why do you expect India to pay for your players, considering their recent form and the whupping the got in Australia... Afterall, all the Franchises are commercially minded, they want their money's worth. Don't forget Shahid Afridi was a big flop in IPL 1... And T20 world Cup seems to have happened a long time back considering Pak crickets current form and game...

  • scorpio_on_blue_moon on January 20, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Once again Mr.Abbasi is trying to play with sentiment of emotional Pakistanis !!!

  • rocky on January 20, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    I dont understand why most pkistanis and for that matter few other so called cricketfans are whinning here. To make it clear, this is Indian premier league and the teams are owned by private franchisee, who have invested a lot on this. This is not any international cricket boards tournament that everyone needs to be ruled to play. The owners thought that Pakistani are not good( even if they are) or might not be available or for any other reason they did not want to buy any Pakistani player. thats it.. even if it is for political reason there should be no complain about it. it a countrys choice or lets say an individual choice. It would have been interesting to see what Pakistan cricket board have done if they were in IPL shoes. all these blame games and cospiracy theories are major problem for the tension between these two countries not other issues. cut it off. thankyou.

  • Vishal Bulbule, Solapur 00918087551058 on January 20, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Certainly not a good thing for cricket. There are so many Players from this side who deserve in the top ten list. Shahid Afridi could easily have got a good officially declared money. There are many more. But what the reason why player from Pakistan's Cricket team was not there in the list is still unknown.

  • khaled on January 20, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Paksitani crickters treated in IPL like u invite some1 for lunch and keep them hungry,not given any food..is the way IPL treats to his neighbour country...very sad

  • Legionnaire on January 20, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    The outpouring of negative feelings among Indians and Pakistanies on this forum is an ample evidence of the fact currently the environment is not conducive for Indian public to watch Pakistani players play on Indian soil. One of the very naive arguements put together is sports brigdes gap between the two countries. I would like to ask how? when a large majority of one country is just not interested to watch players of the other country?

    Seconday IPL is a domestic tournament for India. Why is such a hue and cry for Pakistani players not selected to play in a domestic tournament in India? Why are you desparate to play in a country where you are not welcome? Its because its all about money, its hurting Pakistani player's pockets, nothing less nothing more.

  • Paddle_Sweep on January 20, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    And Mr.Kamran Abbasi the world has enough worries on it's own.So,pls don't suggest any new conspiracy theory.

  • Paddle_Sweep on January 20, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    To all Pak fans, IPL is Indian Premier League.So why you are worried whether the Pak players are playing there or not.I,for one,was surprised by so comments from the Pak fans on this topic.Your time would have been well spent to discuss how the Pak test and ODI team could improve.

    Jai Hind

  • saeed from hk on January 20, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    its jusst UNBELIEVABLEthat IMRAN NAZIR is not playing!this crazy people

  • Kumar on January 20, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    In response to oft-repeated question "if you were not going to bid, why include them in the list in the first place" - note that this happened to 50+ other players too, not just the Pakistanis. There were limited number of spots, and the franchisee owners selected the ones they felt would fetch them maximum value. Some folks may think Afridi is the greatest, but not all need to think that way. If I was a franchise owner, I would probably have bid for Umar and Aamer - not anyone else. I wouldn't want to deal with some of the attitude issues of the other players. So why complain if the franchise owners had their own selection criteria?

  • Preet Singh on January 20, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Pakistanis player are hard done by !!!

    Cricket Could have brought Two countries close in such a turbulent period !!

    Amazing would it be ..,..Pakistanis rooting for Delhi Daredevils and Bangalore?/

    This wud have really created hell lot of positive atmosphere !!!

    SAD state of affairs shown by franchisee like SRK Khan,Preity Zinta,Shilpa Shetty,Vijay Mallaya,Ness wadia etc.

    They were either too business minded,risk averse or too scared about the prospect of security handle of individual pakistani player in d team !!!

    Franchisees disappointed all and had given bad name 2 India !

  • Ashok Sridharan on January 20, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    I doubt if there was anything political in the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers, given the number of Pakistani artists freely performing in India. Come on folks, why would anyone tonk away millions on a player who may not even be available to play- disrupting the team's plans as well in the process.

    I agree with Khwaja Hasan that it was unfair to raise the expectations of Pakistani cricketers and then let them down like this. Perhaps the fact that they had a very slim chance of making it, given the political climate, should have been communicated to them...'though that would have been reason enough to spark a bigger outrage.

  • Yassar Altaf on January 20, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    YES it's true that not including Pakistani players in the next edition of the IPL was all political and YES it's true that the Pakistani's are the best exponents of twenty20 cricket. Having said that, from a Pakistani point of view it is not the 'be all and end all'scenario. Our players should be focussing on real cricket 'Test and ODI' as recent history has shown them to be failing in this format and too much twenty20 is to blame for this. In my opinion the less twenty20 they play the better for their skills.

    It is also worth noting that reason the Pakistani players are complaining is because of the money they are missing out on, otherwise whats the problem. I mean there is already complains of too much cricket so this should help shouldnt it?

    The other thing is the incompetency of the PCB. If they got their act together they could have a lucrative Twenty20 competition in Pakistan, the public demand is certainly there just no organisation to provide it.

  • Preet on January 20, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    This would surely let Negative implications Flow...

    Though it was Pure Business tactics but impression it would leave on otherside would be like as if der was Political conspiracy !!!

    Cricket is Cricket!!

    Diplomacy is Diplomacy !!

    Business is Business !!

    But for all dat Why Player like afridi or Gul have to suffer !!!

    Why iPL crowd have 2 suffer...why cricket ties have to suffer?

    Cricket Could have brought Two countries close in such a turbulent period !!

    Amazing would it be ..,..Pakistanis rooting for Delhi Daredevils and Bangalore?/

    This wud have really created hell lot of positive atmosphere !!!

  • jamshed on January 20, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    I don't care about the IPL.Period.

  • Kumar on January 20, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    @jahangir "..then it should not be allowed to continue..". Which world are you living in? India is a free world where private enterprise is allowed to flourish. The IPL franchisees charter doesn't include "..nurture game globally..", only within India. There is no obligation on them to hire specific people.

    @Ghazi "..absence of Pakistani Cricketer's does not hamper IPL's profits..". IPL2 profits were higher than IPL1 profits even without Pakistani players.

  • raj on January 20, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    what ever the god does it good for everyone

  • Sheraz Ahmad on January 20, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    It is fully understandable why the franchises would not pick Pakistani players. The security risk would be not worth the hassle. After all it is all about the money. Having said that, I do not understand why The IPL allowed the Pakistani players to get to the auction stage. To get to this stage the Franchises would have said that they were interested in acquiring these players. The security situation has not changed within the 3 weeks leading up to the auction. This leads me to believe the IPL wanted this humiliation to take place, as the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity. And Lalit Modi is one person who loves publicity.

  • Dr.Limple on January 20, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Comeon ppl I dont see a reason why such a big deal should be made out of this whole issue. I mean if anything this should serve as a wake up call for all the Pakistani players who thought hefty pay checks were waiting for them after winning one stupid T20 competition, an attitude which, mind you ,has lead to an alarming dip in form since then, with the team increasingly looking like a disjointed assortment of individuals with huge egos to support. It ll be a shame if they still dont learn that national duty should be first and foremost and it is actually your performance for your country which decides your professional worth. As for whether this all part of a BCCI conspiracy to undermine our team well, even if it is, it didn't work last year and hopefully won't work this year as well. In fact the players should have pulled out and avoided this embarrassment as soon as the visa issue cropped up.

  • Ahmad on January 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    It is tempting to play the politic card. No one would doubt the ability of the Pakistan players, but today’s game demands more than just ability and God gifted talent. Discipline has always been a problem- Mohammed aamir and umer gul, younis khans spats with the PCB, Kamarans Akmals remarks contradicting that of the PCBs with regards to his selection for the third test.- so has been fitness and professionalism. In the field if there was any thing worst that their competence, it was their indifference towards the dismal efforts. Time and time again when the going got tough the batmen kept going back to the pavilion. The easiest thing in the world to do is to blame other for ones own short comings. Pakistani cricket it all it forms be it the players, the board, the selectors and the structure is responsible. They have disgraced the country them selves. It high time all these players and the Pakistani board just zip up and accept the fact that winning a tournament here and their , might get them selected in the draconian style system of Pakistan, but not in the 21st century modern world of professional cricket.

  • Mandar on January 20, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Lot of COMMENTS::: But sadly pakis dont understand business .IPL is corporate entity. Afridi exiciting player but not bankable. IPL-1 He was flop. Pakis are world champions but without beating australia ,india. Before blaming pakis should correct their system,PCB. PAK PLAYERS FORMER/CURRENT TALK words more than talk with bat/ball. IPL Is indian domestic tournament which biggest brand .every franchisee has a right to pick team/players as they are investing money. No one can pressurise to take paki players. I love to see paki players but all of u have to understand atmosphere is not right. pakis players in IPL 2010 MEANS More tension for franchisees in terms of visa,security. i WOULD NOT BLAME IPL /LALIT MODI BUT i would blame pak/india govt for incorrect/proper information,facts. Future is bleak for paki as no team will be ready to play in pakistan until it is safe. my suggestion is wait and watch. india /pakistan cricket bound to have politics involved

  • Shaq on January 20, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Lets get a few facts straight here

    Pakistan are the best T20 side in the World, no questions there.

    India flopped big time in last T20 world cup and the experience of the IPL was supposed to make them favourites.

    So basically the IPL is nothing special, if it was India would have won it.

    Pakistan in raw and natural talent you cant beat that.

  • Sajid Chaudhary on January 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    I am really sorry of what was done with Pakistani players.I am sure that players are always peace ambassadors.Being Pakistani I have great respect for Inian players.No matter what ever the situation is players and game must be above any politics among the countries.Also this embarrassing for Indian spectators that they can not host these players.More over there great new young leds like Umar Akmal and Muhammad Aamir who are great asset in international cricket like Raina, Kohli and Ghambir.people must mature now. Best regards for all.

  • Di7y on January 20, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Not a big suprise. The BCCI/India/IPL/ICL have been consistent in marginalising Pak cricket. To be fair I think they are doing pak cricket a big favour unitentionally. Its only the Pak players that benefit financially not the PCB or Pak cricket in general. If players did play in the IPL they would be less inclined to play for Pak because the financial incentives are greater for IPL. Our players should always remain dependent on the PCB. The IPL/ICL brought disaster for the Pak team with so many players being banned like moyo and the Razzler. Also what sort of a tournament is the IPL without the best T20 cricketeers on this planet. Good riddence to Modi and his IPL trash; Boom Boom Afridi and Dil Dil Pakistan forever!

  • Khawaja Ahsan on January 20, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Just one question to all my Indian friends who have posted; if secutity, political uncertainty(and blah blah blah) were the reasons why on earth were the Pakistani players included in the bidding in the first place?

  • umair on January 20, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Even as an Indian i feel players were harshly dealt. Why to create a political scene and making Fun of T20 champs! If it was the case then Modi should explain why were players invited for auction: it was better making them unelligible for IPL. IPL is a business and it run professionally so no fault of team owners; no team will invest money when there is always uncertainity about availabilty of players.

  • mian iftikhar on January 20, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    IPL is domestic kind of tournament so i do not think if Pakistani player are not taken. Not a serious matter for Pakistani players also.

  • Irfan Rizvi on January 20, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    As for the sentiments I can understand the Pakistanis emotions on this as to see their players getting a smack on face like this, But on the other hand the franchises have their right to select and reject whoever they want and they are not obliged to pick anyone, But the only point is if there were issues and uncertainties this should have been clearly communicated to all stake holders from the beginning, and even then if they had applied then there would have been no issue. The hypocrisy/ double game is the big culprit here. Well anyways its not the end of the world. For most of the Indians commenting here the terrorism export from Pakistan, please don't go down that road, as your Government is no saint too, its always has been tit for tat from both sides. But sports is the opportunity to overcome these differences which was proved in bilateral series between the two countries in the last decade. Hope to see that back on track again.

  • ila on January 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    what is the fuss about? Did you ask the pak govt why they didnt allow their players to go to SA for IPL-2 .The franchisees had to pay these guys and landed up with unbalanced sides to boot. Moreover, Afridi didnt particularly gel with DC in IPL-1 and if he'd been paying attention he would have known that Modi did give them ample opp to back off - the visa "deadline missed " issue was as loud as it could be ! No wonder the message had to be sent with a sledgehammer !

  • Asif Sohail on January 20, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    With due respect to all who think nothing happened, Bottom line is Pakistan are World Champions, this fact is pig hair in eyes of Indian media, by not allowing Pakistan palyers to participate in IPL indirectly through so clled puppet franchise clearly depict the dosile mentality of Indian board, accept it all we are the worl champions and if we do not play in IPL it will not change the fact. I do agree with Afridi this is insult of Pakistan and our team but like others we do not hide behind franchises to play dirty tricks we say it aloud and on face shame on Indian Government and IPL you must have some sportman ship and take sports as recreation and donot make it a battle ground.

  • atul jain on January 20, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    There are always two sides to a coin,when Pakistan govt. did'nt allow there players to be part of IPL-II, no such comments were heard, Franchisee were left to rue for themselves,no one from Pakistan took care of them. They have rightly learned there lessons and have opted for sure players instead of going for big names or countries. One should appreciate that new players like Pollard,Parnell,Abdullah,Voges got an oppotunity at this level to showcase their talent.

  • To Jack Hosnard on January 20, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Granted, that it's an Indian tournament and the IPL franchisees are well within their rights to select who they please. As for Pakistan simply being lucky to win the T20 cup is simply unfair and unreasonable. You must understand that Pakistan beat extremely tough teams comprehensively to win that cup. Luck? Lighting doesn't strike the same place twice, my friend. If Pakistan did have a lucky month, then how do you explain Pakistan's comprehensive victories in the previous year's tournament where Pakistan was runner's up?

    Yes, i agree with you that immediately the tournament, our performance has sadly folded like a cheap suit, but please kindly give credit where it's due.

  • To my indian brothers on January 20, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    To my Indian brothers, as a Pakistani fan and a logical thinking person, protecting your investment makes all the sense in the world. Obviously, a franchisee/entrepreneur's unwillingness to spend loads of capital on an investment where the risk maybe greater than the reward is understandable. My only complaint with the IPL, BCCI and that Modi is why the charade? If Pakistani players were risky investments, why the charade of visa/clearance extensions? Why not just flat out say that Pakistani players remain high risk factors and would not be allowed to play. I think as world champions, these players deserve/deserved a little bit more respect. For them to bring these boys up on that pedestal, simply to be humiliated by the lack of interest shown by franchisees is extremely unprofessional and disrespectful. If their reasons for not bidding are justified, then their reasons for initially expressing interest in these players knowing all too well they won't be selected are not.

  • Legionnaire on January 20, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Isn't Mohammad Yousuf - the Pakistani skipper blamed influence of 20/20 for the debacle of Pakistani cricket? I wonder why this desparatness for 20/20?

  • Ali on January 20, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    To add on ; Everyone here is taking about money, business and have forgot about the cricket itself. As far is business is concerned a good business decision always has risk involved. Signing pakistani players would have been a good decision because as they did not receive a single bid franchise would get them on cost. So the risk would be minimal with a high return. The other leagues in the world saw that and got the pakistani players to play for there competition. Our players have been featured regularly in t20 leagues except IPL but i guess no indian player has managed to play a t20 competition outside india. Let me remind that even in the so called champions league the IPL teams failed to qualify for the semifinals. I think rather than it being a conspiracy, it is the reaction of the indian public on seeing pakistani players play in india that is bothering the franchise. Their general consensus has been that pakistani should not play in india and this was a "moderate" way to say

  • Sohaib on January 20, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    this could be a blessing in disguise since the Pakistani players will now be more keen on concentrating on performing for thier country with more vigour. and the IPL is not the end of the world, the PCb shuld try and get its players places in the T20 competitions of SA , aus and eng

  • Aftab on January 20, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I wonder how many Pakistani players will go back and play in India if they are auctioned next year. I bet, all of them will go, forget the humiliations and the fun they make of the Pakistan. Indian rupees means more to these selfish, greedy, fake patriots Pakistani players.

  • Khurram on January 20, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    In the continuation of my last comment ..

    We should accept our short comings, I admit that pakistani players are not the legends, but you have to admit that it is the typical indian heart which is full of hatred towards Pakistan that actually prevented Pakistani players to become the part of IPL.

    But one thing I would like to say that Our will wishes are still with indian cricket, indian fans and with IPL as well.

  • H.Malik on January 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Money talks and Money makes the world go around. If a business man would not buy the charm of a selling sales man's pep talk , because he fears this product even of the highest quality it carries, will fail him at the nick of time , No one with fair mind , will blame that business man nor the sales man will cry foul and discrimination . So why such hue & cry on the deicisons of IPL purchasers not to bid for Pakistani players. It is a pure business decision based upon FACT to support it . I woulld not spend even a penny on Brain Lara / Ricky Ponting to pkay for my cub if I have doubts about their availability when my club needs them . I have all the respect of the world for their talents and their nationalities BUT why would I just go for those credentials , spend millions and then found out they would not come to play for my team . Who would reimburse me my Millions spent on them ?!? All those who cry foul here , must ask this basic question on pure bsuness considerations ,

  • Khurram on January 20, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Almost 95% of the indian fans labeling it purely as a business minded decision, some of them questioning about the ability of Pak players, one thing which I could not understand any giant business group like those involved in IPL can change their so-called "business decisions" within just only 2 weeks, these are the same business minded people who registered their interst in these 7 Pak. players that's why these players were included in the final Auction list. For all my indian bros, to be included in the final Auction list you have to be sought by atleast ONE franchise, so it is obvious that atleast one franchise was intersted in signing any of these Pak. players just two weeks before, and It would be ridiculous to think that they did not consult with their international consultant regarding the ability and competency of those players while registering their interest.

  • Imtiaz on January 20, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    I havent read all the comments and maybe someone has mentioned this already. But this is for everyone talking about how the franchisees did not want to take a risk. Can you please explain the risk management at work which is ready to spend over US$1mn for Shane Bond who is hardly likely to last one full season and not dish US$100k for Aamer. Sorry I think a better explanation is probably needed to explain what happened at the IPL. Agreed it is INDIAN League but then IPL should come out clean and state that we do not want any Pakistanis. Why the whole staged drama followed by lame duck explanations?

  • Hasan on January 20, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    hold on a second Pakistan is the most successful team of T20 so far and IPL is not organizing any TEST matches or ODIs so all IPL fans here please don't mix T20s with TEST we play 2 WC T20 finals back to back & for those who think that Afridi is just an ordinary player they dont know anything about cricket i know he fails in batting but he is marvelous bowler even one of the best Spinner of modern cricket so stop saying that ordinary word for afridi we all know what sohail tanvir done in IPL1 still they dont want him ,Umer Gull the best bowler of both the T20 world cups & imran nazir is perfect T20 players indian board is trying to destroy Pakistan Cricket

  • Ali on January 20, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    The last few comments are the few ones i read and the general feeling i get is people think that the franchise were looking for better players or it being a good business move. Let me ask a few questions than: Forget the t20 world cup Jack Hosnard said it was a good month but let me remind him pakistan has been won the last 7 matches, so if any team can beat any on a given day u should calculate the odds. For this being a good business move kings11 got yousaf abdullah, royal challengers got morgan, chennai got Thissara Perera is that star power. I would be surprised if the would even feature in a single game.

    I know its an indian league so its there choice but then please dont try to make it an "international" event or even think of looking into a window in the icc ftp.

    Hopefully the pakistani players refuse any future participation and take part in the english and australian league which offer better cricket on the expense of bollywood songs and cheerleaders.

  • srivathsan on January 20, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    dear kamran I can understand the anguish of cricket fans about none getting selected. I am personally not happy about that & i expected atleast aamer & gul will be in action besides umar akmal.I was disappointed with the franchises for their NO RISK ATTITUDE.If a common fan cries foul, i can understand but a learned ,acclaimed journalist like you should not think like that.There is no politics but commercial decision for fear of some thing may happen ,that's all.Tell me what is the need to do that.If a person of your stature say some thing ,the whole country will buy that theory. hence it is my personal request to you to analise things & put it in correct perspective.we are the losers that we are missing some fine action in their absence.

  • sanjay Mishra on January 20, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    I don't see any reason for all these cry, why no pakistani player got selected by any franchises. After all IPL is a business and every franchises have their own views about the players & their availability. It's true that Pakistan is a T20 world champion but that was last year. The current forms of pakistani players does not show any good result if you look at the current teams rating, test and one day as well, where they are not amongst the top 4 positions. It shows that they are not playing well enough to be considered safe bet. The Indian Government or BCCI has nothing to do with franchises decisions not to bid for pakistani players. However I do feel that Tanvir, Md Aamer & Umar Akamal should have been selected, but nobody can force the franchises on these matter where money is involved. But believe me its not a loss for IPL or even cricket. The only losers, in terms of money are pakistani players.

  • Ali on January 20, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I think it is good that Pakistani players are not playing in IPL.. we dont expect any thing good from Inia

  • Zeeshan Godil on January 20, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Well, Pakistani players need to play better cricket. PCB is unable to do something as always. This is the fact, that everybody is seeking to India. So, just tell our players to play well in Test / One Day / T20 in all formats. And, groom ICL or somewhat other leagues i.e. Australia / England. What do you think of it?

  • redz on January 20, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Well, well, well...why is everyone reacting to this so harshly? First of all, it is pure business and nothing to do with politics. Secondly, even if Pak players were taken by the franchises and were given the necessary visas by the Indian government, there are so many political parties in India that wouldn't have allowed matches featuring Pak players. There are no ties at all with Pakistan, there is so much tension between the countries, there is no bi-lateral matches in the near future, so, why not being a part of IPL hurting Pak so much? Is it the big money???

  • Bhimsingh on January 20, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    As a cricket fan, and as an Indian, I'm saddened by yesterday's avoidance of Pakistani players.

    I do appreciate the considerable risk that franchise owners would take on by bidding for a Pakistani player (as others have pointed out above). But even so, at a time when people to people peace initiatives are ongoing (the 'Aman ki asha' campaign) and we have an Indo-Pak music event in Mumbai (my friends went last week), I was taken by surprise and disappointment by yesterday's auction. Instead of giving the hope for peace a chance, the franchise owners took on a cynical / pessimistic outlook.

    What this again proves to me is that the IPL is primarily a business venture. It is good for the Indian economy, and Indian cricketers. It is definitely entertaining. But it does not represent the best of Indian civil society or Indian sportsmanship. I guess many of us were just too wishful.

  • Tariq on January 20, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has to realize they want world cricket more than world cricket wants Pakistan.

    Pakistan cricket is 3rd class not something that is attractive proposition. I watch ICL cricket on the CBM channel, and when ever I see a Pakistani players they either fail with the bat or gives away lots of runs. Afridi is over bloated, once every 50 innings the man comes off good not worth any team's investment. My advice Pakistan should sort itself out, Politically and Sports wise. The Aussies series was a chance for the Pak players to show the world but they failed miserably. WK, Kamran what a joke? for WK, fielding ? Well! what can I say except the players needs lessons on the sport of cricket. A proffesional team representing Pakistan dont know the simply basics, what a joke? Now crying that their players are not chosen. At least have some respect, no dignity in Pak cricket these days.

  • Joaquim on January 20, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    To all those claiming outrage and humiliation, I ask you what would you have done in a situation like this?

    In terms of India and Pakistan, both governments change stances like people change their socks. The attitude today may be a bit stand-offish but tomorrow they could descend into near war and day after they will be best friends.

    In this situation would you be willing to risk potentially upto $750,000 on a player who's availability hinges on the whims and fancies of Indian and Pakistani politicians?

    I certainly would not have risked any money. And besides Shoaib Akhtar is the only Pakistani in recent years who has had a fan following in India. No one else would have really drawn in the crowds.

  • Anwar Husain on January 20, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    I Think it is a blessing in disguise, since IPL3 will be completed just before World T20 Cup and i would gurantee lots of players getting injured during IP3 since T20 is a highly intense tournment Secondly why Pak crickets are begging for IPL3 since they have lot to build upon themselves 1 Improve Feilding (Appoint some feilding coach) 2 Improve batting (Appoint some batting coach) 3 Improve running b/w wickets 4 Try players from U-19 and Domestic circuits by arraing 4 Teams tournment where 16 Top palyers from domestic cuircit can compete with eeach other to test their ability 5 Remove M Yousuf (Please) from Captaincy

  • dev on January 20, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    i think its great decision by the franchise......... IPL is the event where players from different countries play as a team..... and pak player never plays as a team for pakistan forget about another team..... they are the biggest hinderance in formation of a team. and moreover they always think that they are champions even after testing dust again n again. even if we dont consider availability, no pak player was good enough to make the cut. afridi is the best in the current lot and one knows for how many games he was selected to play for hydrabad in the first IPL

  • bad boy on January 20, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    well to begin wid paki players are just crying coz they didnt get $$ to earn....these poor fellows have not got chance to earn enough money this year as they did get enough matchs to play...n i think PCB doesnt have enough money to pay them as well...its indian premier league....not an icc event what they will do about this...Mr abbasi u r writer from Dawn but sorry to say this if u were in another part of world...u would surly be anythin then a writer...coz b4 wirting check ur facts....

  • Muthu on January 20, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I am an indian, i am disappointed with Indian board and politics in play. If no one was interested in Pak players anyway, they should have at least been informed earlier and avoided the ultimate deadlines thrown at Pak players and board for clearance and visas etc. It is a real shame, indian board/franchises have acted in this manner.

  • Muhammad Naim on January 20, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    I am a Pakistani but I totally agree with all the comments written by Indians. It is our players who are greedy to set aside national pride and went on to present themselves for IPL. Let me tell you our fielding is not bad but these guys were saving themselves from getting injured and not putting 100 percent efforts in test matches. Besides all these players are only from one province as if we do not have talents in other provinces. As long as the selfish & crooks are on the whelm of affiars we are bound to be humiliated in all fronts. So Mr Abbasi, let's put our house in order prior to throwing mud on others.

  • Owais on January 20, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    It is simply the fact that IPL/Lalit Modi set up a good disguise for Pakistani players. As mentioned, there should be one interested franchise to get a player on the auction list. Then in no time all the interests in the top T20 players was set aside due to some unknown political tension which didnt existed before. These are all excuses but in my view we should expect this from India. In India the thing matter is money and they have plenty of it.

  • Michael Black on January 20, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Kamram, you have lost it mate!! you were one of the biggest critic of the IPL and all of a sudden you are hurt because of non involvement of Pak players? total double standards! as of the players, they are stars only in pakistan. everywhere else they are ordinary. apart from tanvir, nobody did anything worth mentioning in IPL 1. plus there id business decision behind it is most logical and sound. nobody would want to spend or block millions of dollars when the actual participation of players is uncertain because of the political climate between you guys and India. considering all this, i am surprised that you think of it as a conspiracy theory. take it positively, practice, make your skills better and play better cricket.

  • Sriram Raghavan on January 20, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    I think the availability of VISA is the main issue as to why the franchises may not have considered the Pak players.At the end of the day nobody wants to spend money if there is no ROI.I didn't see the Pak players make such a big impression in the first IPL and also coupled with the fact that their performance in the recent months were quite disappointing at the international level.The only Pak player the franchises would have considered seriously would have been Afridi.

  • Umair on January 20, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @pvwadekar - Winning World T20 is no joke. How many catches were dropped in in last T20 by Pakistani team? Can you recall any major drops? None. Is IPL based on Test Cricket? No. So why are you looking towards Test form for IPL selection? Nobody knows. Perhaps some lacko of cricketing knowledge exists at your side.

  • Tausifur Rahman on January 20, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    all this conspiracy theory allegations is over exaggeration of an ugly episode in cricket.it's quite understandable from the current political unrest that pakistani players may or may not get visas and so d franchises were unwilling to take the risk of investing huge sums of money on players whose participation is unceratain due to cheap politics of governments.however the fault which does lie with the IPL officials and franchises is that;if they had apprehensions which i have already stated then why did they allow Pakistani players to take part in the auction.they could have simply said that considering the political uncertainities pakistani players should not take part in the auction for IPL 3 and hope that things become better in the future.INSHALLAH by the time of IPL 4 or 5,the political situation will improve and we will be able to watch paki players in action again

  • Syed Basit on January 20, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    @ Jack Hosnard : you see, there always has to be someone like you commenting, which gives me the rare opportunity to actually comment, i prefer reading and not writing.

    So you say that Afridi is only star material in Pakistan? Well, as far as I'm concerned Afridi is an International T20 star, Man of the Series in the first T20 World Cup, Man of the Match Semi-Final and Final of the recent T20 World Cup, picked up 2 out of 5 Man of the Matches playing for South Australia in the on-going T20 Big Bash. So please, do get your facts straight.

    Leaving Afridi aside, just to play fair with you, losing a whole country's support results in some sort of slump whether it be a minor slump...point is cricket loses at the end of the day, not including stars from the triumphant Pakistani Team is indeed shocking. And mind you, luck has very little play in T20, i mean 21 wins out of 27 is something i tell you, yes our Test form is poor, but we've won all our T20's since then. Let's stick to T20's k

  • zeeshan on January 20, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Have a look at those statements of pakistani cricketers which they have given 2 weeks ago. They knew before hand about moodi's intensions because some frenchisers told them that this would happen. Then why they applied for IPL?? (to humiliate Pakistan).

    It is strange that shahid afridi is valuable for australian leagues even on Australian pitches, and not worthy for Indians even after his outstanding performance in australia.

    Now after all this stuff, what wasim akram is doing in KKR????.

    Lesson: When you dont respect the prestige of your own country, others also dont respect you.

    Dont blame IPL, our greedy cricketers deserved that, for them money is everything.

  • Cricket_Fan on January 20, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    If we think that this was an attempt to humiliate us, and if country's respect is above the chunk of money, then our players should not nag and whine. Learn the lesson and don't make yourself available in future to save further humiliation to yourself and to the country. Cricket has become money making business specially in India and no business would want to risk contracting someone whose available is not sure, plus the security risk involved. However, their intial request to show interest and then back off was very cheap. However, I do not understand the logic of blaming ICB. Last year it was Indian Govt, not issuing Visas. And our country to be blamed equally for failing to provide promised security. May be the players need to take this time to improve and overcome our shortfalls. T20 is not the cricket they should be emphasizing on. We already are humiliated a lot by throwing away matches and white wash from Australia.

  • Imran Haider on January 20, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    now its time for Pakistan to starts its own PSL (Pakistan Super League) and forget about IPL forever

  • venkat on January 20, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    There a few points here. Why do all of us make a big deal about an auction? I am an Indian and I couldn't care less about the who is being sold at what price. This isn't the cricket we have all grown to love. As an Indian- and i am not alone in saying this we admire the skill that a lot of the Pakistani cricketers have. This isn't some stupid conspiracy to malign Pakistan. The franchisee's are slowly beginning to realize that value for the money they spend is far more important than talent that a few cricketers bring. And with the right wing idiots threatening to sabotage the tournament with the presence of a few Pakistani's it was just too big a risk to take for them. By the way, why are the Pakistani's so infuriated that their players aren't part of this sad tamasha? It is twenty over slogs boys. No guy in his right mind watches this pathetic non-sense.

  • ahmed chubb on January 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Dear Pakistani readers, please don't get so worked up and start believing conspiracy theories. This is a free market, and the teams are understandably cautious when spending such large sums of money. Chillax guys!

  • Amir Raza on January 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    This gives us(Pakistani Heros(Players) and the whole nation) another opportunity to go towards the path of self reliance rather than looking at others in the hour of need. Believe me "Only a Pakistani can be helping hand to a Pakistani and no one else"

  • Farhad on January 20, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    JUST ONE COMMENT.. All fair when it comes to business and investment security regarding Pak players..yet the auction list was also made by them..ATLEAST 1 FRANCHISE.. I REPEAT AT LEAST 1 FRANCHISE had to make a recommendation to put the pak players on the final auction list.. If they didnt want to bid for that player..why include them in the first place and get involved in this controversy..i suggest that if Lalit modi and the IPL ppl are to come out of this mess, they should let the media know that who made those recommendations, and that those franchises should come forward with a suitable explanation.This should at least bring some sort of calming effect on the whole scenario.

  • Isfand on January 20, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Only 1 Question Why the players name were included in the bid then??? (ref: ruchit at January 19, 2010 3:39 PM)

    The way in which it is handled by IPL professionals, one point is clear, it is unethical & well thought out act.

  • bhav on January 20, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    it is well known the issues the pak players bring along...poor dressing room behaviour,indiscipline and thecurrent crop of players are not at all trustworthy unlike the previous generation players. 11 players behave as 11 groups.they dont play as a team.they play as individuals.considering these aspects besides the cost of protection to them it is natural they are not picked up for ipl. before blaming others we should first have proper look inside ourselves.no offence to anyone please

  • Mahmood on January 20, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Business men always evaluate risks. Yes correct. But who is the businessman who knowingly will occupy the slots with risky stuff?

    If Pakistani players were risky option, then simply why to include them in bidding process?

    Biases should be accepted, they should not be carpeted under the jargon of business.

  • Kamal on January 20, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Palistan cricket board and the cricketers have proved themselves to be not professional through their actions and behavior. So, they are getting some treatment here. India, as a country is not known to be fair with their neighbors. This is proven fact. So I am not surprised. Good thing to come are the following two:

    World has seen the face of the so called Indian called fairness, at least in sports.

    Pakistani players will get some time to practice batting and fielding, so that they can win some test matches. They are always after making money by hitting the ball in 20/20. They need to know how to play test match.

    The bearded players and their team mates should accept the Indian gift with grace. I am particularly happy for Amer and Umar that they will have time to concentrate on their future.

  • Andrew on January 20, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    If there were security concerns, or visa concerns, etc., why did IPL let Paki players participate in the auction at all? IPL should have either banned them from coming, or guaranteed that they will be allowed to come and provide them with the security if they in fact did want Paki players to play. Surely, they have the financial resources to make it happen. For those saying that this happened because Paki players have been playing poorly lately, why then are lesser players, like Indian U-19s, there? Pakistan won the T20 fair and square. This can be both a good or bad business decision for IPL owners, it wouldn't have hurt their earnings if they chose someone like Afridi or Gul.

  • Bilal on January 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    According to some of the comments South Australia, Nashua Dolphins , Hampshire are all not aware of how to select their teams otherwise why would they go for afridi ?

  • Amer Khan on January 20, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    While I'm as angry as any cricket fan that none of the T20 World Champs were selected for IPL, I'm not that surprised. IPL, as well as the rest of the cricketing world, has been awkward when it comes to playing Pakistan, touring Pakistan and allowing Pakistanis to participate fully in the game. Unlike many of the comments above, the level of Pakistani talent does not matter. Whether Pakistanis are winning International Competitions, or playing the way that they have been playing in Australia, the rest of the world has always snubbed them. This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last. Much of it does depend on the security situation, but that is not always an excuse that countries can use, specially in this case. Conspiracy or not, the best thing that Pakistani players and fans can do now is to keep their heads up and improve their form. They need to start figuring out what they need to do better to start winning, and get back to the elite of the cricketing world.

  • Iftikhar Azam Mumbai on January 20, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    I request to not to be panic to not to select Pakistani Player because IPL is not giving quality Cricket, It is just to make money. Every Player Play to make money. For this reason Pakistan has won the T20 world Cup which Player has not Play IPL Session II. Inshallah you will see the next T20 World Cup will also win Pakistan

  • sleepshrink on January 20, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Some of the posts I have read talk about IPL being a buisness. They do not know that if the player is not able to play, the franchises does not have to pay so the nonsese about franchises being buisness minded is total rubbish. You mean to tell me that you have the chance to get afridi for base price and if he can't get a visa you don't loose any money, ( except a spot, whatever that is) and none of the franchises don't go for him? give me a break. Cospiracy it is !!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Knight on January 20, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    As a South Aussie I can say hopefully Afridi will play or us in the Champion's Lewague now. IPLs loss could be our gain.

  • uMar.. on January 20, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    i just wanted to ask one question from all the guys here defending the auction outcome..

    why were the pakistani players included in the auction if they couldn't be selected due to political tensions? if they are such an ordinary bunch of talent (according to some) why were they even invited?..

  • Ali on January 20, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    What reason does the Indian Government have for not giving visas to Pakistani Cricketers? The Indian Government should guarantee the visas.

  • Jason on January 20, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    The problem here is not with the Pakistani players. I mean Afridi, Gul and Nazir are all proven excellent T20 players. The problem here is political uncertainty. If you are a franchise with 1 spot available to sign the best player to help you this season, why on earth would you bid on a Pakistani player when it would only take a simple setback in the India-Pakistan relationship for them to be banned again?? Suddenly your bargain buy of Afridi or Umar Gul would look very foolish. THIS is why the franchises avoided Pakistani players, because they could be bidding on dust and air if anything goes wrong politically. Much better to bid for players that are available the whole time and have next to no shot of dropping out. Haddin and Bollinger didn't get bought either - FOR A REASON. They'll be busy. To suggest franchises are spitefully snubbing Pakistanis for no good reason is not correct and it stuns me that Modi hasn't pointed this out so far. But then again, Modi is an idiot.

  • Abbas on January 20, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    There is no conspiracy, there is too much risk for a franchise to buy a pakistani player and if their visas dont get approved, they will lose out on over $500000 for the players which they spent it on. Kamran Abbassi is just being too much of a crybaby. I am pakistani and i have no problem with this.

  • redneck on January 20, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    you pakistan guys need to see this for what it is, a blessing in disguise! twenty20 is why your batsman fall apart in tests! i hope this decision keeps pakistani youngsters interested in playing for pakistan rather than aim to be twenty20 freelancers. and just look at what happened to england last year their 2 biggest names in KP and flintoff both played in the ipl and both got themselves injured as a result. like i said a blessing! i wish australia were in the same boat!

  • Shyam on January 20, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Can the Pakistani's on the blog get over themselves? Everyone knows that Afridi, Aamer, Umar, Tanvir etc are BRILLIANT 20:20 players!

    The issue is not that they are Pakistani and everyone wants to ostracise Pakistani players. The issue is that no one knows whether they will be allowed to play IPL3 (due to external influences) and no team is willing to spend money on players that may not play for them. This is same reason why KKR bought out Ponting's contract.

    THAT IS ALL.

  • Selwyn Thomas on January 20, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Reading the comments it is absolutley clear that my borthers in Pakistan dont understand business despite several emails explaining why no franchisee would invest in Pak players due to their uncertainity. Put you emotions aside and try and understand the reality. For all that is spoken great about Pak cricketers and their world class abilities in the first edition of IPL not a single match winning effort that I can remember from them. Whatever has happend to Pak players in IPL is their own making and it is about time they stopped blaming others.

  • Rajan Balas on January 20, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Dude, Do you just show-up and write whatever comes to mind at impulse without trying to see both side of the coin. Your certitude regarding Younis and Afridi was little bothering but you now seem to go completely sideways. I understand that you are making a valid point that IPL not bidding on Paki players is strange but at the same time may be you should look into business needs of franchises a bit; before making it a chauvinistic proposition which it is clearly not.

  • Chat on January 20, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    I am sympathetic to the Pakistani players. But there sems to be a big misunderstanding about how private investors make decisions. They always try to minimize risks. The biggest risk with the Pakistani players is that they may not turn up! They may be banned by the PCB or they may be banned by the Indian government (no visas given). In such a context, if I was an investor, this is exactly what I would do, unfortunate thought it may be for cricket.

  • VijayH on January 20, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    I can clearly see why the franchises did not opt for Pakistan players. First of all, Pakistan "Team" is the world T20 champion. There should be chemistry in an team to achieve results. Selecting few players from this WC winning side does not guarantee good performance from them. Coming to Afridi question. I am sure, Osman himself will admit to how unpredictable Afridi can be. DC purchased him last time with some heavy investment from which they could not get much out. Going by that experience, I am sure other franchises did not express much interest.

    Other Pakistan players of interest as I see would be those who have shown good form in the recent Australia test series. And no one there apart from the bowlers (Gul did not impress) did well to enthuse any interest in the franchises. UmarAkmal though a good prospect showed that is falling to his own aggression, and dropped catches of him, did him no good. As per me it is unpredictability and current form of Pak players the reason forthis

  • Jibran Baig on January 20, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Too much fuss is made of all this crap. Pakistani players should take this insult in their stride and concentrate on the more important things in the world of Cricket. Nothing earns you more respect than Winning and that is what Pakistan should concentrate on. Win the next T20 World Cup, win the ODI World Cup, Win every freaken game they play.

  • Imran on January 20, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    @ Amit Yes you are right, Pakistani player do not provide the value for money. Last year also IPL did not consider Pakistani players, Indians and rest of the world cricketers played and played and played T20.

    But Pakistan won the T20 world cup. Funny isn't it.

  • Muzi on January 20, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Dont worry guys,inshallah pakistan will win agian t20 trophy.we are proud on our players.they are the best in the world.This is blessing in disguise as there is t20 world cup soon after ipl.

  • Adeel on January 20, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    If Pakistan players are not good choice for these businessmen franchise owners because they might not be able to participate due to security or visa clearance and the money will be lost then why Shane Bond was bid as he might not be able to participate because of his injury or if he is fine now he could get injured after playing 2 or 3 games?

  • desihungama on January 20, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Very Clever Move!!

    This way you ensure that you keep players from Pakistan away for two years, at least.

    How? Well, you don't select them in the auction this year and hoping Pakistan or PCB out of protest of one kind or another will not allow it's players to even participate for future tournaments.

    Being a devil's advocate;

    This is the knee jerk reaction.

  • shan on January 20, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    If this purely a buisness decision, than it is a silly one. Pakistan as easily 60-70 million TV watchers who are much less likely to tune into the IPL now. Developing their brands for the Pakistani populace, selling shirts, selling ads to Pakistani comapnies- all of this could happen if there was sustained interest in the IPL in Pakistan.

  • Aizaz on January 20, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    I know the indians have come on this forum and started saying that its plain business but if infact it is just that than all the pakistan players should have been dumped from the 67 player shorten list. Because atleast one franchise showed interest in every pakistani player they went for auction. If the security thing was the issue Pakistanis should have been told before the auction. so clearly this is not business but it is infact like Afridi said insult of the nation

  • Wajih on January 20, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Our players are the ones to be blamed for this humiliation. Of course, India played its part by showing their egregious display of fakery but it was kind of expected since politically the situation hasn't been good between the two countries but our cricketers were painfully naïve to understand it. I saw Afirdi on this show 'Bolain kya baat hai' saying that he wasn't 'keen' in participating anyway - now this is one blatant lie because he and other cricketers had time and again said that how they would LOVE to be a part of IPL 3. They seemed too desperate to get into it. Ok, they have all the right to play cricket anywhere and earn money from it but one should do it with integrity and self-esteem. After getting ignored in the second season, our cricketers should've taken the lesson by being little reserved this time around but instead how easily they put themselves in India's hands to get exploited and humiliated. I guess as I said our cricketers are hopelessly naive down to the marrow

  • Amim Ehsan on January 20, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    This is true blessing for this embattled cricket team. Because of IPL, everyone was keen to show off their T20 skill and thus resulting in an alarming decline in ODI and Test arena. Let these players prove that they are deserving champion cricketers in all format.

    This exclusion was needed to ignite a course of self-discovery and i hope it wont go in vain. To start with, lets perform well in the ODI series.

  • Rafi Khan on January 20, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    As a Pakistani, i must say that i agree with the thought that teams probably didn't bid for Pakistani players because of visa issues etc. Couldnt Lalit Modi and the franchises agree on this factor before inviting them. They made sure in IPL2 that they dont get to play even if the tournament is going to take place in South Africa, so yes it does bring about conspiracy theories. SOrry if we see it that way. But so would you if your players were in such a situation. Also let's face it, players like Afridi and Gul ARE some of the best in the game of 20/20. I read some comments above by Jack and John Andrewas who seem to be making more statements that are easier to believe coming from an Indian person than any Brit or OZ. Why? Because there is NO professional player or commentator who doesnt think that the above mentioned players are not world class, especially when it comes to 20/20. Afridi would not be playing in the Australian Big Bash, if he was not a valuable player. Please don't come around here and talk crap like that.

  • Ash on January 20, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    I don't know what all the fuss is about. Its not anybody's loss. The decision makes sense from a business poin of view. Also, if Pakistanis donot like it, they can always not watch the matches. After all, its an Indian domestic tournament and not a 'world' event, or a tournament by the ICC.. Cries of 'conspiracy' is laughable.

  • Kamath on January 20, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    First, off I think its the prerogative of the person spending the money to decide where he wants to spend it. Secondly, Pakistani players are no different than all the other players left out, why should they get special treatment. And if somebody wants to stop watching IPL go ahead, cause the real money is in India, cause that where the advertisers are, nobody cares if people from Pakistan dont watch. And finally, for people from Pakistan to call the BCCI and India bullys is hilarious. The PCB is in the dumps with all their debt and they are practically begging the BCCI to play them so that they can get some money. Infact BCCI actually pays money to boards like the PCB and the Sri Lankan cricket board, in times of need, just like they helped the Sri Lankans rebuild all their stadiums after the tsunami, when the board was almost bankrupt. So pls stop the whining, if you don want to watch the IPL, then dont, cause you will not be missed.

  • Rebel Cloud on January 19, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    I understand the business, security concerns of franchises. Those supporting the business theory should look at the MANNER in which this was done. It was truly disrespectful. Why the charade? Who gave the order? As a Pak fan I am glad that these players were not picked as I hope they learn some self-respect. The PCB and the Pak players must get their acts together. Get disciplined. Anyway I don't see this IPL surviving a season, at least not in India in the foreseeable future as any mishap could lead to foreign players abandoning the tournament altogether. Though I hope not.

    As a cricket fan in the UK the IPL never captured my imagination (even when the Pak players were playing). The names of teams are not catchy and games were boring. Actually the ICL was better as it had an edge to it with a good balance of local and international talent as well as mature tv coverage from Zee. It will take time. p.s. Shahid Afridi does this mean you are available to play tests now.

  • Saif on January 19, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise for Pakistan. IPL never wanted any Pakistani players to begin with. They only got the Pakistani players in the first edition to destroy ICL. Now that they have achieved that, their true intentions are clear. Pakistan needs to figure out what they will do. The good thing is that it will allow players to focus more on Pakistan cricket and they will not get cozy with the lucrative IPL contracts.

    In the long run this is an excellent opportunity for PCB to form an Asian Cricket League. 3-4 teams from Pakistan, 1 from Dubai, 1 from Abu Dhabi, 1-2 from Sri Lanka and 1-2 from Bangladesh. This will create enough overseas venues and it should be played at the same time as IPL as most teams will be available. Overseas players can join the UAE,Sri Lanka and Bagladesh teams and in time they can also come to Pakistan. Venues outside of Pakistan will also allow matches b/w teams of different countries.

  • Deshi Chor on January 19, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    I boycott the IPL even and many more will follow. Without pakistan in IPL, its not cricket its business and who will watch the business fixture, atleast not me.

  • Jawad on January 19, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Whats the fuss about?.If IPL were a Pakistani league no sane bidder would have gone for an Indian player considering the political uncertainity and money involved.This snub in no way reflects the quality of our T20 players.It is the sole perogative of the IPL and franchise officials.Moreover our lads should focus on improving their test cricket skills instead of complaining.They will have a chance to prove their worth by successfully defending their title this summer and IPL selection is no yard stick.

  • Muhammad Asif Khan on January 19, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    There must have been at least one franchise per player who would have requested thst player to be included in the auction. What made them change their mind? Were they not aware of visa complications etc. (and other excuses like these)? I bought Sentanta to watch last two occassions but won't be following it this time around.

  • Raza Javed on January 19, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    All right, No Conspiracies, no Politics, I agree to all the indian comments.

    Let me bring forward, when the franchises expressed their interests in Pakistani players, ONLY then they were up for the auctions, right?

    or did the political situation changed in 20 days? Naah, its probably more than that!

    Get a life!

  • Adnan on January 19, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Totally agree with you Kamran.

    Pakistani fans don't be disappointed (and don't watch IPL)! We should not have expected any better from India in the first place. If IPL had security concerns/ availability issues they should not have arranged this drama of auction. IPL is going to lose out on some of the best players of T20 in the world, and no one with sane cricketing mind can deny that.

    I believe it’s a blessing in disguise for us. Our players should not have been dying to play in IPL. Now that they have been publicly humiliated, they'll think twice next time about IPL. We need some kind of 'crisis' to wake up and perform. I urge them to let their cricket talk in the upcoming T 20 world cup!

  • zikria adil on January 19, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Mr. Kamran I didn't expected this type of comments from your side, everybody know the performance of Pakistan team after the 2020 world cup they loss all the one day series and the test series. They don't have coordination among there teammates. They don't respect their country. They are not honest to their duties.

    Please I like your constructive articles but unfortunately I surprised to see this article. There is a bunch of mafia in the Pakistan team like Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal etc try to remove this players and bring some new blood or atleast bring players Asim Kamal etc.

  • sali on January 19, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Pakistani players should not be playing this bollywood circus cricket. They should be focusing on winning the T20 WC. They need a lot of catching and fielding practice based on what we have seen in Australia and NZ. I think ICC should be organizing international T20 leauge.

  • M N HAIDARI on January 19, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Yet another example of entering poltics in cricket and cricket losting its soul so why did they present Pakistani players in the auction if they have not finished all the procedure from the Indian government

  • Gant_Rugger on January 19, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    To all the Indian friends on this blog crowing and finding it hard to conceal their mirth at what is a very awkward situation for the Pakistan players up for auction...THIS is from cricinfo's staff writer: 'However, the inclusion of Pakistani players in the IPL's final auction list, released on January 6, was on the basis of specific requests received from the franchises - every player on that list had to be officially sought by at least one franchise. It is not clear what changed in the franchises' thinking within two weeks. '

    so They asked for them; and yet they shunned them in the end. Got to admit that conspiracy or no conspiracy; it looks really bad and reeks of tacky new money rub off given to Pakistan players. Judging from the comments of our friends from acorss the border; tacky new money mentality is im afraid, rampant. I had seen this coming and only wish the Pak players had thought this through and just not stepped into the ring. It was never going to be worth it. Sad.

  • Ayaz on January 19, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    For those who are saying that 'it's just business', why didn't the business aspect surface while ELEVEN Pakistanis were shortlisted? If there were concerns about availabilty, it would have shown up in the shortlisting stage.

  • Nair on January 19, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    It is indeed surprising that none of the franchices bid for the obviously talented Pakistan players. While it is unfortunate that the Pak players could not take avail of this monetary opportunity, the cricket world knows that they are still the best 20/20 players.

  • Disappointed Pakistani on January 19, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    IT is a loss for IPL and cricket. Not seeing good players in action is a loss for the spectators who will spend their hard earned money to see their beloved cricketers in action. It is like watching Pak/India match with a missing Tendulker or Inzi. Whichever reason you want to stick to either politics or financial, I feel it is a blow to the dream of achieving a lasting peace between these two very promising but very unfortunate Nations.

  • M B Khan on January 19, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    I don't think I watched IPL last year for more than an over. I had absolutely NO urge of watching this drama. Lots of hype with very little content.... typical Bollywood stuff. I am sure I won't be watching it this year either.

  • Modi fan on January 19, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Go ahead...make a PPL as suggested by some fans....It would be interesting to see how many foriegn players would put up their hands to visit Peaceful Pakistan. ..Aslo the acumen and personality of Modi is not an easy quality to duplicate and he is the driving force behind IPL.

  • Rohit Singh Loomba on January 19, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    @ Imran Bhatti, Relax and don't hyperventilate. No one is conspiring aganist anyone and sky is not falling either. There were 13 openings and 67 hopefuls-someone was going to be disaapointed. It is Pakistanis because people are scared about their investments as either India or Pak govt. may act foolishly any time. Your comments are nonsensical and stupid and this frothing at mouth is not going to help. No one knew that people who crticize IPL and the influence of money would be craving for it so badly. Peace.

  • mohammed on January 19, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    pak players should take it as challenge , to improve their performance in all formats and show the world what they are capable of . unless pakis stop infighting everyone will do the same to you.

  • Deepak on January 19, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I was very disappointed when i came to know that pak players were not auctioned, pakistan has the best T-20 team, and we would definitely miss them, but i dont think you can blame the Franchisees, they would have definitely taken them if it was 100 percent sure that they would play, coz they dont look into politics/bilateral ties, they are here for winning and money, why would any team want to leave out players like Afridi. It must have been regarding the uncertainty of their availability. Modi is to blame, once before he tried to stop Pak players by setting some random deadlines, and now he did it again. Why call them for auction if they were not going to be picked?

  • Yusuf Garothwala on January 19, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    If the pak players really want to play cricket in IPL and entertain the people in india & around the world, please play in the IPL with no match fees. Then we we'll see, what is their intention, money or cricket? The other day Shoaib Akhtar was complaining about no dues paid to him by KKR which shows pak players are behind only money and nothing else.

  • Osama Ashfaq on January 19, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    This whole episode is not even worth discussing. The Pakistani's (atleast in T20) are the best in the world. That is a fact which can't be changed. If IPL does not pick them, it is their loss, not Pakistan's. The Pakistani's shall always get other chances to show their talent. The only question worth asking is, in what direction international cricket is moving? Marginalizing one of the most cricket crazy country in the world is not good for the collective health of world cricket. The recent performance of Pakistan in Australia showed how the lack of proper cricket for Pakistan is killing the game in Pakistan and the worst part is that ICC has abandoned Pakistan Cricket when it needed it the most. A few more years like this and the fate shall be sealed.

  • Johnson on January 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    ICC has been bought by BCCI. This is not cricket anymore its business

  • Cricket_Fan on January 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    It IS a conspiracy. Anyone who says that the decision was made in the interest of 'business' or that Pakistani players were a 'risky investment' needs to get their facts straight. The franchises were the ones who requested for the Pakistani players to be included in the auction in the first place, that's why there was a lot of effort put in to get government clearance in time for all the players. When the auction actually takes place, the franchises suddenly have a change of heart? Please, save the bullshitting for someone else! It was a deliberate attempt to malign the Pakistani players, there's no two ways about it. Secondly, Pakistan may be the worst amongst the major Test playing nations on current form and they may not even be among the best ODI sides going around, but T20 is one format they excel in. To have the IPL without even a single Pakistani player robs the event of a lot of credibility and quality.

  • amit dwivedi on January 19, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    as we can see pak team's performance in international cricket. they seem to be more consistent in T@)s rather than tests or onedayers. so if pak cricketers are included in the auction for IPL3, then i think it will make the contest more interesting, afridi, umar gul, akmal brothjers butt, misbah ul haq etc are the players that can play good cricket under pressure, no one can forget misbah's 3 sixes in an over in 1st T209 WC. so i think pak players should be included in the auction. and it is not the thing to think much more

  • amit dwivedi on January 19, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    as we can see pak team's performance in international cricket. they seem to be more consistent in T@)s rather than tests or onedayers. so if pak cricketers are included in the auction for IPL3, then i think it will make the contest more interesting, afridi, umar gul, akmal brothjers butt, misbah ul haq etc are the players that can play good cricket under pressure, no one can forget misbah's 3 sixes in an over in 1st T209 WC. so i think pak players should be included in the auction. and it is not the thing to think much more

  • MARLO on January 19, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    @ Abhi, Amit, Swami.. 1)A player was only included in the auction after some type of request from a frachise. So its obvious that initially the frachises were interested to buy pakistani player but its at a later stage that all of them were asked not to bid for them. Inclusion of as many as 11 pakistani players shows that most of the frachises showed interest in them, because et wont be one or two buyer asking for all 11.

    2) If giving security to these players is a problem then KKR wont have wasim akram as consultant. if they could provide security to wasim then why didnt they buy a pakistani player.

    3) If it's a valid statement that Pakistani players are a risk for not being able to come then why to include them at first place

    4) visa problem is not there. some of the pakistani players already have got indian visa.

  • zain on January 19, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    well an expected thing as was rumored that the franchises have been told to remain away from Pakistani players but the interesting point is that Mr. Modi then denied any such doing. Pakistanis should not be disappointed as it could be a blessing in disguise win the world cup again put in the effort save your energy for the nations pride instead of indian crowds who are really gonna miss Shahid Afridi, Imran Nazir, Adnan Akmal,Umar gul and company. whats the meaning of playing a tournament without the champs. boo hoo ipl you have lost your credibility and have shown the real face that its not about cricket its about politics and money. England should start a league too with Pakistani West Indian and Australian players plus whoever wants to join. or ICL may restart

  • Homer on January 19, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    It boggles the mind that someone as erudite as Dr Abassi should be making such reactionary comments. What is particularly lamentable about this post is that Dr Abbasi chooses to be selective while examining facts.For starters, the Pakistan team, as an unit, are the best T20 squad in the world. That does not automatically translate to individual Pakistani players fitting in easily within the framework of an IPL team . The Deccan Chargers in IPL 1 are a prime example.Then there is the charge of "the charade of entering the auction". Dr Abbasi should know, better than others, that it was the Pakistani political establishment that prevented its players from participating in IPL2. And it is incumbent on every players participating in the IPL to get an NOC from his home Board.If requiring a clearance from both the Pakistani establishment and Board before entering the auction is tantamount to a charade, then thats the way it is.

    If requesting for clearance from the Pakistani establishment

  • Vivek Vaswani on January 19, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    IPL is about cricket, but it's also about business. And any businessman would play safe on the basis of two previous experiences wherein Afridi and other players except Tanveer flopped big time. Rrom a business standpoint for the franchises, it is very difficult to plan for the season when the relations between the two countries are still very fragile. If there were guarantees from either side of the border that there will not be any interference from the governments, I think it would have given the franchises some confidence. But from looks of it as of now ,Pakistan govt is in position to give even its own gurantee .Will anyone be interested in spending thousands of dollars to get a product that may not reach them due some politics? Besides Pakistan players were not the only ones not picked as there were other players, too, who were not picked in the auction but those countries have not made it an ego issue.

  • Umair on January 19, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Well as a Pakistani I am least worried about inclusion o Pak players in IPL. I think Pak players should concentrate on playing 20-20 in Aus, SA and England. Those are very very competitive tournaments more competitive than IPL. IPL is where players from different countries ONLY come to earn money and nobody is ready to give his 100% to ensure he does not get injured for important tours

    Whats the use of participating in such tournaments. I think its a blessing in disguise.

  • Imran on January 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Well who cares really. This is a business orientated league and not an ICC event so Pak fans should not worry too much. Plus it serves our cricketers right for messing about and not taking their cricket seriously. All those missed catches,millions of free runs due to poor fielding,bowling (yep no Waqar/Wasim/Shoaib standard bowlers yet) and schoolboy batsman. So personally i think its a nice slap on their face for being unpatriotic.I wouldn't hire most of them except Gul,Tanvir,M Amer in T20's. Afridi keeps throwing his wicket away,crickets a mental game & you're paid to do a job, so do it right or quit you circus clown. We need you as an allrounder in our Test team but you make a mockery of your batting talent and throw your wicket away and don't work on your technical defects. Be professional,honest,hard working & sincere & earn respect you middle class spoilt babies. You already got central contracts & still can't do your jobs professionally & don't know how to beat Aus, chickens.

  • Umair on January 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Well as a Pakistani I am least worried about inclusion o Pak players in IPL. I think Pak players should concentrate on playing 20-20 in Aus, SA and England. Those are very very competitive tournaments more competitive than IPL. IPL is where players from different countries ONLY come to earn money and nobody is ready to give his 100% to ensure he does not get injured for important tours

    Whats the use of participating in such tournaments. I think its a blessing in disguise.

  • Zaheer Chaudhry on January 19, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    I think that it is a blessing for Pakistan cricket. No Pakistani player played in the previous edition of IPL and Pakistan ended up winning the 20/20 world cup. The whole IPL circuis may be monetarily beneficial to players but has a negative impact on the subsequent performance of participants.

    IPL is not serious cricket and I hope Pakistanii cricket board will arrange for some competitiive series instead. Not playing in IPL should be a great blessing after all.

  • sunil from london on January 19, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Nobody can argue with the quality of the Pakistan players on offer. I for one am sad that they will not be playing as they are amongst the most talented and naturally gifted T20 cricketers around and their absence in my view devalues the tournament. Although the knee-jerk explanation is that it was a conspiracy, I think the reality is that the franchises made a business decision. They did not want to spend their quotas of bids on players who for political reasons may become suddenly unavailable. This of course could apply to any player from any part of the world. However the reality on the ground is that due to the volatility of the political situation in Pakstan, it is more likely that any incident resulting in the sudden withdrawal of the Pakistan players would originate in Pakistan. So the franchises (who are motivated by money and nothing else) decided not to risk it. No doubt conspiracy theorists will not accept my view but sometimes the simple explanation is the correct one.

  • K.A.Khan on January 19, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    The IPL auction was a dirty business of mixing the politics in sport, in which IPL franchises, Indian Cricket Board and Mr. Modi are cronies and cricket is the sole loser.

  • Jack Hosnard on January 19, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    You have got facts wrong. Afridi is star material only in Pakistan and not in India, and IPL is to be held in India and frnachise owners are mostly Indian.In first IPL , as you claim, only Sohail Tanveer made an impact and not all players as per your claim. The abscence of Pakistani players in IPL2 ,did not dent IPL profits and thus proved Pakistani players were not such a big factor. T20 world champs you may be.... but its not always best team that wins world cup besides in T20 any team can beat any team on given day and Pakistani were lucky that month. The performance in all types of cricket in later months by the same players proves their actual talent or lack of it.And if winnig ICL once is basis for selction as you pointed,then few local Indian teams won ICL twice but even their players dont figure in IPL because of same reasons as to Pakistani players not figuring...not because of weird conspiracy theories...

  • pvwadekar on January 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Hi Kamran. what's all the fuss about ? If we had not included the Pakistan players, then u would have come up with another conspiracy theory. If only one player was selected (Umar Gul is the only good player, i think), u would have asked what's wrong with the other players ? No matter what we do, we indians are always the bad guys. Can u guarantee that they can hold on to catches (what is it ? 30 catches in 6 test matches). They cannot even run properly without causing any hilarious run-outs(remember Messers S.Butt and M. Yousuf).Aren't these the basic skill that one need at any level? club level -- for instance When u lack such basics how do u expect anyone to be selected to play.Having said that,if u were a business man and wanted to invest your money (and business is about making profit, right ?), would u pick a bunch of players that may not get the correct travel visa & might not play for your franchise. There is no question of raw talent, but application is missing (Sydney!!)

  • AM on January 19, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I agree that the Pakistani players should not have been on the auction block at all if there was no room for them in the IPL. There is some bad politics going on. This could be a blessing in disguise for the Pakistan players, as they cannot claim player burnout due to playing too much Twenty20 cricket. They won the last world cup in spite of the fact that they had played the least amount of international cricket compared to other teams. Now how about our players showing some pride, not making too much of a fuss about it and show the whole world what they are made of (unlike the Pakistan Test team) in the next world cup in a few months time? Is it too much to ask for? Learn to behave with dignity, and come out stronger. For some of Pakistan's players I have very little sympathy for missing out on the IPL because they had put personal interests above their national interests, like purposely avoiding playing test matches (without retiring) in order to play the more lucrative Twenty20.

  • Mehr on January 19, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Absolutely true. The fact that Pakistan has one of the best T-20 players and none inspire any one is very strange.

  • Bhupendra Patel on January 19, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    The author in his article seems to be motivated by a hurt ego rather than a practical anlysis of facts on the table and he seems to have personally taken the IPL black out of Pakistani players as an ego blow . I am sure now scores of fans will have their own conspiracy theories. Many others will react with the grapes are sour kind of atitude & console themselves by saying that IPL is not important and yada yada blah blah.. But fact remains the business acumen prompted the franchisee owners in investing in players who are likely to give more R.O.I . Besides the recent performance of Pakistani players over last few months was also a factor because lack of determination ,fighting spirit and possibly lack of talent was also no display on numerous occasions and investing in such players would need the franchise owner to be eccentric.Modi is into a business with millions or possibly billions $$ involved & he probably does not even time to think about Pakistan leave alone conspiring time.Hm

  • ArunKumar on January 19, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Even as an Indian, I expected couple of pakistani players to be chosen for the teams. As is the common perspective, the teams don't need Afridi. They needed bowlers as was seen in the serious biddings for fast bowlers. Umar gul and Mohd Aamer should have got some bids. Probably the franchises were not sure whether there would be disturbances during matches if they allowed pakistani players to play.

  • sajid141@hotmail.com on January 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Hilarious conspiracy theory written but probably the main reason for conjuring up this theory seems to be the fact that the writers ego seems hurt for some funny reason. He just tends to ignore business sense logic behind the franchise owners not investing in a player ,where the investment does not seem likely to yield profit nor commitment from the player on long term basis i.e commitment of the type other players from other countries are likely to pledge.

  • Dilan S. on January 19, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    How could the teams ignore talent such as Shahid Afridi,Umar Gul,Imran Nazir,Umar Akmal? Does Bond or Roach have a better bowling record in T20s than Guls? IPL has done a planned affair.Pakistani & Bangladeshi fan base for IPL is definitely decrease.The glamor of the game is losing due to superiority of politics that govern the sport.Verdict: 2010 IPL will have a lesser following & a boring affair in all aspects.

  • Abdul ALEEM on January 19, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Its a pity to see the best crop of T20 Cricketers i.e Pakistanis being snubbed for the sake of petty politics... BCCI and Lalit Modi are doing what politics demanded them to do....Deep down in their hearts they know that biggest crowd pullers like Afridi, Imran Nazir,Akmals,Tanvir,Razzaq,Arafat,Ajmal,Rana Naved and many more are not going to be in IPL Teesra.....But what can not be cured must be endured.... Cricket is now a political tool... And Pakistan is just the scapegoat to marginalize...

  • arshid on January 19, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Its so shameful on Modi and BCCI's part. But why are we giving so much importance to IPL, I think its just a waste of time. Players should probably focus on playing in Engaland or Australia as those conditions and good cricket can help these young players.

  • Abhi on January 19, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Hello Kamran, I was kinda waiting for this blog to show up. I have got a question for you. Given a choice, whom would you have bought (with your million dollars at stake): a great player but with considerable probability of not even showing up (for whatever reason) versus somebody who may not be that great but is sure to attend. I would choose the latter anyday and I have a feeling that you and Pakistani friends would too. Lets face it, former choice is for scenario when other people's money is at stake. Pakistanis in general need to come out of their victim complex. It is nothing personal, just plain business.

  • Reverse Swing on January 19, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    We need to raise a strong voice against this, this is totally ridiculous. It isn't the fact that Pakistanis will not play in next IPL, it is the way they have been marginalized. If any of the IPL team wasn't going to bid for them why the hell they were asked for clearance and all the dead lines to apply. They should have been told clearly that they are not allowed. Is it a joke with world best T20 players and billions of people who love them.

    Ball was in IPL's court as Pakistani officials and Government had issued clearance now it was Indian Government turn to make sure they will grant visas and stuff and that is where it looks all fishy very fishy.

    We need to raise voice against it if dumb PCB and ICC can't we Pakistani fans can, we should boycott IPL and make sure it shouldn't be displayed at any Chanel in Pakistan. Players should boycott playing in IPL and with BCCI or Indian team, or any better idea I am just disappointed and can't think straight for now. Anyone else?

  • Khan on January 19, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    The best way forward is for Pakistani cricketers and spectators throughout the world to boycott IPL completely. In addition we should keep up the performance in the World T20's and other formats so everyone knows that without the Pakistani players this tournament will never be complete as Pakistan is a world champion.

    In addition we should also realize that this is how the nations are treated if they don't build themselves up and are fighting within, hence it's about time that we should start working hard and become a nation that Iqbal had dreamt of rather than blaming the system and others.

  • Imran Ali on January 19, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Pakistan players ultimately paid the price by getting insulted for bending their back too much to play in IPL. From the beginning it was apparent that IPL committee does not want Pakistan players but PCB & its players keep pushing for it out of greediness. So what IPL can do they save their last punch for final stage and hit PCB & their players where it hurts. Hope they learned their lessons now.

  • Tanzeel on January 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Truer words have rarely been spoken.

  • Cricketrocks! on January 19, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    We Indians are also disappointed. But from Franchieese point of view, what if after picking up a Pak player, some problem arises as in 09. Also for Modi he has extended deadline twice for pak players to get NOC.

  • ruchit on January 19, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    One point is want to add to my previous post (if that gets posted :-) ). Just read that franchisees had themselves expressed interest in players. So while I stand by my previous points about commericialization,politics etc. I would also like to say the franchises indulged in some what unethical behaviour but then this is how the world works today. Life is harsher than this.

  • Farrukh on January 19, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi I would like you to send a letter to Pakistani Cricket Board and players stating that thank you for insulting Pakistan by choosing IPL. The guys are thinking of war against your country and you are going to play for them. We saw it coming when they were playing with Visa and all that non sense. The bottom line is that do not trust your Enemies. Not all Indians are but likes of modi are hardcore enemies of Pakistan. Face the facts. Please ask our players that they are too good for that type of cricket. There is no price for you guys. IPL will not b watched by at last 180 millions Who is losing again??

  • Gugu on January 19, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Dr. Abbasi. I think Pak players should not have made themselves available on the first place - we should have predicted this and backed out with respect. Just because of this indo-pak tensions, Lalit Modi shambles of visa and illusive terrorism discourse, we were made fools in front of the entire world in this auction. And check the news on cricinfo, at least Mr. E-Butt could have sympathised with the players, with the emotions of Afridi - instead he chose to act as an e-Butt - with no brain of his own - a typical 'we don't care attitude' - and one wonders why is this 'aman ki asha' and geo-tv and bolly stars sick hype about if their deeds do not meet the words - and one also wonders if Wasim Akram the bowling consultant-coach had no say in the inputs of KKR. Somebody must take Lalit Modi and Co to the task - until when will we beg to play with those who are not interested?

  • Asif Azharruddin from Delhi/Toronto on January 19, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Kamran sir, you seemed to be a person of logical mind. If you were a franchisee owner who spent million on a player,would you not like to ensure first if player would be available for the task he is bieng paid for. All it takes for Pakistani players to back out of a commitment is a single directive from their govt ( see ICL example)...Would you as a businessman invest in such entity which is likely to back out and sense of commitment questionable . Secondly since when did you suddenly feel such agony about not bieng part of IPL for as far as I can remmber you always were one of the biggest critic of it and riducled it and now all of sudden you are crying conspiracy theory cos Pakistan is not part of it. Its pure business sense, one does not invest in high risk stock options when other better or similar stocks are available in market with far more fewew risks on Return on Investment. The fact is "Grapes are sour" mentality is at work in your article.

  • Amit on January 19, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theory. Please remember these auction are for this season of IPL and with current political situation no one will be able to confirm Pakistani players’ availability.

    It is as simple as that- Pakistan player do not provide the value for money which for a commercial ventures like IPL teams is of paramount importance.

  • Raj on January 19, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    It is unfortunate that some talented Pakistani players will be missing in IPL 2010. Given the current volatile political dynamic between India and Pakistan however, which team owner would be willing to part with large sums of money for players whose participation in the tournament could be jeopardised at any moment because of sudden political decisions &/or developments? There is no overt ban against Pak players right now and they were thus shortlisted. But as a team owner, I'd naturally be aware that having a Pak player in my ranks, esp after 26/11 and with the ever changing political equations, is fraught with 'risk', and I'd therefore opt not to bid for one at all. So, not a conspiracy then, at least in the sense of a deliberate plan by a cabal of interested parties out to 'humiliate' Pakistan etc, but hard headed business decisions arrived at by teams who are investing a lot. And Modi, unwilling to voice all this in public, will obviously seek to downplay the issue.

  • ruchit on January 19, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    While frankly speaking it is a snub to Pakistan players but then no one can force franchises to bid for any player. It is their choice and they are well with in their rights. IPL is a heavly commercialized form of the game and practical business considerations matter more.Shilpa Shetty has put it aptly. Last year post 26/11 not many Indians wanted Pakistani cricketers to play in India.It was more or less the popular sentiment. IPL shifted to South Africa but still franchises probably did not want to veer away from popular mood. May be the same thing has shown the affect here. I don't see not playing in IPL hurting Pakistani cricket anyways other than commercial reasons. They were not there last year and yet managed to win T20 World Cup.As far as monetary aspect is concerned it is the franchisee money (Indian money) and it is their choice how they want to spend it. If it is politics as you suggest well then politics can't be brushed aside so easily and not in these turbulent times

  • Bilal on January 19, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    What remains to be seen is pakistan's participation in champions trophy for T20

  • Mohit Sharma on January 19, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Nothnig strange in it. The franchisees are business minded people. Given the uncertainity of relations between Pakistan and India ...the risk factor of investing in a Pakistani player is way too high.One terroist incident in India is enough for Pakistani players to backout. Then the franchise owner had lost a lot of money..so why would he risk his money on something so risky....There no conspiracy here...Business minded people dont get involved in nationality or conspiracies..they just evaluate risk to thweir investment and right now Pakistani player for that matter anythnig which had Pakistan connection to it a very risky investment.

  • Swami on January 19, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    This is not a national team thats being selected where anyone can argue that player A or B has to be selected. There are umpteen other considerations other than runs and wickets alone and ultimately its the franchise prerogative. For example why should a franchise bear the political headache of providing extra security for Pakistani players for 2 months as they criss cross the country every day.

  • amit on January 19, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Conspiracy or not, it sure is not good to see some exciting players missing from the IPL. but given that there is political uncertainty around pak players getting visas (indian government hasn't given any kind of clearance yet, so visas were not guaranteed) and the participation of a few english /aussie players like johnson, siddle, broad etc. in doubt, I am not really surprised at the exclusion. its hefty money afterall andppl cud be apprehensive of spending without returns. And remember, even afridi wasn't a booming success in IPL-1.

  • Syed Hassaan Ahmed on January 19, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Its a blessing in disguise, for Pakistan cricket. We should better stay away from rubbish IPL and focus on real cricket (Test) cricket.

  • xyz on January 19, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    maybe there were some security issues. the good thing for pakistan cricketers is that they can have a holiday atleast now after the 0-3 against aus.

  • khalil on January 19, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Well done India by acting "HAND IN GLOVE". It has revealed the true mentality of Indians towards Pakistan. They don,t let any chance go by to humiliate us. It was conspiracy by the Indian machinery on a larger scale,mere cricket is not involved. But it is surprising that they did it,in a dramatised style like most of their other dramas.

  • Moses on January 19, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Mr Modi must think us all baffoons. His efforts to further humiliate Pakistan cricket may come with a silver lining however.

    We know we are the best 20/20 team in the world, the stats prove that. The IPL time can be used by our players to hone their skills in the longer format. Something that are four biggest 20/20 talents, U Akmal, Aamer, Gul and Afridi need to work on as all should be part of future test XI.

  • T.BUTT on January 19, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Modi's explaination is laughable and pathetic. Everybody knows since Bombay attacks that BCCI have been actively angaged in margenlising PCB and Pakistan cricketers and trying to hurt thier interests when and where it is possible.This whole bidding thing was a sharad, last time it was a different excuse, then chanmpion trophy and then this auction, we knows what is going on and it is nothing to do with cricket,just shows how ugly and pathetic BCCI mindset is, with Modi on the helm, it is Shive Sena written all over it.I think PCB should organise its own PPL initialy in UAE and latter in Pakistan to slap across these bullies faces. Modi is shamless and biggoted person.

  • dr salman on January 19, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    it was big disappointment...this indeed is a conspiracy to isolate pakistan cricket...n who other could it be to take the first step after icc set gorunds for it??..the indians..i hate lalit modi for his guts..the biggest loser on the face of earth..u say y we wud ve put up pak players for auction if we din want em picked? u did that cz u wanted to embarrass n isolate pak cricket..n thats y u kept em out of ipl2 and champions league..i wish modi has his clothes stripped off when chris cairns sues him!!

  • dr salman on January 19, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    n my words of disgust n insult also for icc and pcb..n mr kamran u wrong that pcb is silent..din u hear wat mr ijaz butt had to say? imagine mr ijaz butt sayin that 'it doesnt make ne difference to us..our players din play last yr too' who chose this guy to represent pak cricket?? another big time loser!

  • dr salman on January 19, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    n my words of disgust n insult also for icc and pcb..n mr kamran u wrong that pcb is silent..din u hear wat mr ijaz butt had to say? imagine mr ijaz butt sayin that 'it doesnt make ne difference to us..our players din play last yr too' who chose this guy to represent pak cricket?? another big time loser!

  • Sai on January 19, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    I didn't like this at all .. would have loved to see Afridi, Umar Akmal play in the IPL ... BTW, I'm an Indian ...

  • sai on January 19, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I didn't like this at all .. would have loved to see Afridi, Umar Akmal play in the IPL ... BTW, I'm an Indian ...

  • sai on January 19, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    I didn't like this at all .. would have loved to see Afridi, Umar Akmal play in the IPL ... BTW, I'm an Indian ...

  • dr salman on January 19, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    it was big disappointment...this indeed is a conspiracy to isolate pakistan cricket...n who other could it be to take the first step after icc set gorunds for it??..the indians..i hate lalit modi for his guts..the biggest loser on the face of earth..u say y we wud ve put up pak players for auction if we din want em picked? u did that cz u wanted to embarrass n isolate pak cricket..n thats y u kept em out of ipl2 and champions league..i wish modi has his clothes stripped off when chris cairns sues him!!

  • Suhail on January 19, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Frankly, much as I empathise with your comment,this was expected. Like it or not, given Pakistan's political policy of encouraging violence on India, it makes no sense welcoming cricketers as if all is hunky dory. Cricket ties between India and Pakistan will remain in the freezer for the forseeable future. Good luck for the ODI series v/s Australia.

  • Syed Ali on January 19, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Well, whatever it is, I am glad that no Pakistani will feature in the stupid circus called IPL. The desperation to get their names on the auction list was disturbing for me. BCCI had given unwelcoming hints and I would have expected them to withdraw at that time for self respect. This is the first time I agree with an Ijaz Butt view. Who cares if they dont play in the IPL?

  • zaheer on January 19, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    i think is good for pakistan players.india is not our friend.india is our enemy.now PCB should do t20 tornament pakistan national players in same time when start ipl.make 8 team with pak international players last time the ABN AMRO tornament.it is good for pakistan cricket.

  • Asif on January 19, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I for one will be boycotting the IPL by not paying attention to its fixtures and results and will not visit any such Cricinfo articles on it from now on.

  • A on January 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I don't know, but as a Pakistani I don't feel offended or angered at all. Pakistani players playing with determination and performing well in IPL while ignoring their duties in the international arena, doesn't exactly fill me with pride. It was a money making venture for them and it's not like they'll be starving without that opportunity. I'm finding it hard to care, really.

  • Ghazanfar Abbas on January 19, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    True Mr. Abbasi! I had a lot of expectations from the bidding today, it is absolute rubbish to say that it was just coincidental and that other players too were not bid for. Afridi, the man who was made for this format of the game, did not get a single bidding. I am very disappointed with the way, that the Indian board has behaved. In a way, our heroes have suffered and been barred from the sport, and our country has been ridiculed, it is only Indian Cricket's loss. I think its high time we stepped out of the illusion that Indian Cricket will, for once, support Pakistani Cricket. I don't know about the others, but I, a Cricket fan, will boycott the league and not witness this mockery anymore. I am truly annoyed at how politics keeps on playing such a huge role in the game of cricket. We, have been disrespected as a nation, and if we have any sort of self esteem, we will not be a part of such nuisance.

  • Tahir Rashid on January 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Finally BCCI show their true colours! There is an old say:'Ghareeb ki joru sab ki bhabi.' Everyone is a having a field day with Pakistan cricket. Pak cricket is being destroyed and our impotent board and government is taking no action. Looking to India for handouts in Twenty20 tournament is no answer. A potent team in all formats should be build so that other nations are forced to play with us. But is this likely to happen anytime soon...?

  • Ayaz Hyder on January 19, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. What a farce! How can anyone legitimately say with a straight face that Afridi and Gul aren't in Top tier of Twenty20 crickiters in the world?

  • Muhammad Khawar on January 19, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Well it was sad watching the auction and no Pakistani player was selected. I understand what Indian must be thinking while boycotting/ ignoring Pakistan Team (World T20 Champions), but it will damage IPL's credibility. anyways i am sure it must have hurt some (true cricket loving) Indians too. Politics spoils every thing man... Even Cricket..

  • Andrew Sam on January 19, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Even from an Indian perspective, this is rubbish. How can Shahid afridi, Umar Gul and Umar akmal not even get a bid. The wheel will start spinning soon BCCI and you will be left feel the wrath.

    And also they are some of the most exciting cricketers in the region whose performance mirrors their management.. Geez this is sad from a spectators point of view!

  • Nishit on January 19, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    You may be right, but at the same time, I think that franchise don't want to go through the diplomatic trouble of signing players and then relieving them when Indo-Pak political situation gets worse and suddenly Pakistani players are not granted visa.

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  • Nishit on January 19, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    You may be right, but at the same time, I think that franchise don't want to go through the diplomatic trouble of signing players and then relieving them when Indo-Pak political situation gets worse and suddenly Pakistani players are not granted visa.

  • Andrew Sam on January 19, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Even from an Indian perspective, this is rubbish. How can Shahid afridi, Umar Gul and Umar akmal not even get a bid. The wheel will start spinning soon BCCI and you will be left feel the wrath.

    And also they are some of the most exciting cricketers in the region whose performance mirrors their management.. Geez this is sad from a spectators point of view!

  • Muhammad Khawar on January 19, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Well it was sad watching the auction and no Pakistani player was selected. I understand what Indian must be thinking while boycotting/ ignoring Pakistan Team (World T20 Champions), but it will damage IPL's credibility. anyways i am sure it must have hurt some (true cricket loving) Indians too. Politics spoils every thing man... Even Cricket..

  • Ayaz Hyder on January 19, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. What a farce! How can anyone legitimately say with a straight face that Afridi and Gul aren't in Top tier of Twenty20 crickiters in the world?

  • Tahir Rashid on January 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Finally BCCI show their true colours! There is an old say:'Ghareeb ki joru sab ki bhabi.' Everyone is a having a field day with Pakistan cricket. Pak cricket is being destroyed and our impotent board and government is taking no action. Looking to India for handouts in Twenty20 tournament is no answer. A potent team in all formats should be build so that other nations are forced to play with us. But is this likely to happen anytime soon...?

  • Ghazanfar Abbas on January 19, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    True Mr. Abbasi! I had a lot of expectations from the bidding today, it is absolute rubbish to say that it was just coincidental and that other players too were not bid for. Afridi, the man who was made for this format of the game, did not get a single bidding. I am very disappointed with the way, that the Indian board has behaved. In a way, our heroes have suffered and been barred from the sport, and our country has been ridiculed, it is only Indian Cricket's loss. I think its high time we stepped out of the illusion that Indian Cricket will, for once, support Pakistani Cricket. I don't know about the others, but I, a Cricket fan, will boycott the league and not witness this mockery anymore. I am truly annoyed at how politics keeps on playing such a huge role in the game of cricket. We, have been disrespected as a nation, and if we have any sort of self esteem, we will not be a part of such nuisance.

  • A on January 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I don't know, but as a Pakistani I don't feel offended or angered at all. Pakistani players playing with determination and performing well in IPL while ignoring their duties in the international arena, doesn't exactly fill me with pride. It was a money making venture for them and it's not like they'll be starving without that opportunity. I'm finding it hard to care, really.

  • Asif on January 19, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I for one will be boycotting the IPL by not paying attention to its fixtures and results and will not visit any such Cricinfo articles on it from now on.

  • zaheer on January 19, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    i think is good for pakistan players.india is not our friend.india is our enemy.now PCB should do t20 tornament pakistan national players in same time when start ipl.make 8 team with pak international players last time the ABN AMRO tornament.it is good for pakistan cricket.

  • Syed Ali on January 19, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Well, whatever it is, I am glad that no Pakistani will feature in the stupid circus called IPL. The desperation to get their names on the auction list was disturbing for me. BCCI had given unwelcoming hints and I would have expected them to withdraw at that time for self respect. This is the first time I agree with an Ijaz Butt view. Who cares if they dont play in the IPL?