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Cloud over Faisalabad's CLT20 foray

Amol Karhadkar

August 13, 2013

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Political tensions between India and Pakistan have put a cloud over Faisalabad Wolves' participation in next month's Champions League Twenty20. An incident on the border has inflamed emotions in India and left administrators wary of the public response to a Pakistan team's presence for a sporting occasion.

The BCCI has, as in the past, thrown the ball in the government's court. "When it comes to any team from Pakistan featuring in a tournament in India, the final decision rests completely in the foreign ministry's hands. And we will follow the ministry's advice," a senior BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo.

The Ministry of External Affairs - the foreign ministry - has been non-committal. "We have been approached by a cricket team from Pakistan to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 event," a spokesperson in the MEA was quoted as saying by PTI. "It does not start for a month. We will carefully examine (the situation) before we take a decision in this regard."

The CLT20 governing council is likely to arrive at a final decision regarding the Wolves' participation before the month end; the tournament itself starts on September 17. Rajiv Shukla, a BCCI representative on the CLT20 governing council and a junior minister in the federal government, didn't respond to ESPNcricinfo's query.

The PCB, on the other hand, has said it "remained concerned" about the security of Faisalabad Wolves' cricketers. Despite processing the visa applications of the Wolves' squad members on Monday, the PCB is monitoring the situation closely.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by shiraz210 on (August 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

I have so many colleagues and friendsfrom HYD and they really love to watch pakistani is totally save place for our Pakistani team. i think there is no harm for pakistani player.

BCCI behavior always a QUESTION MARK? either its IPL or CTL or International Cricket ......... Sad behavior from officials

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

CPL should be in a neutral country like the UAE.

Posted by mzm149 on (August 14, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

This tells us that India is not a safe place to play cricket anymore.

Posted by Stark62 on (August 14, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

ICC don't own the tournament or have anything to do with the CLT20 but yet, they have arranged an international window for the tourny.

What were the icc thinking?!?!

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

BCCI realy wants to play pakistani team in CLT20, please arrange CLT20 in other country. Please don't tell the joke by allowing Pakitani Team to T20 and after tell that it i not possible to include because of political reason. Or allow only Pak team to play not their supporters. From next season onward include Pakitani Team in CLT20 and arrange it in SA, AUS, ENG or SL. Don't make foll of Indians and Pakistani Cricket Lovers.

Posted by applethief on (August 14, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

The Champion's League is such a joke of a tournament anyway, I don't see any great harm from not competing in it. It's a complete Mickey Mouse circus of cricket. A global tournament for domestic teams is a great concept. The BCCI's version however, is nothing more than an awards ceremony and a complete detriment to the value to the sport

Posted by natural.honey on (August 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

india is always the problem.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

politics and cricket should stay seprate from each other how many countries around the world have conflicts but still play against each other in sports.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

its not looking good .bcci should either provide full security or faislabad should not be allowed to play cricket on indian spils as their have been tensions in political scenario between these 2 natins. final decision is in hands of ministry. hope we get the results soon.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

ICC should try to change the venue into another place country Like Dubai, UK etc

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