Champions League T20 2013 news August 13, 2013

Cloud over Faisalabad's CLT20 foray

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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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  • shiraz210 on August 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I have so many colleagues and friendsfrom HYD and they really love to watch pakistani cricketer.it 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

  • on August 14, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    CPL should be in a neutral country like the UAE.

  • mzm149 on August 14, 2013, 12:06 GMT

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

  • 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?!?!

  • 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.

  • wrenx 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

  • natural.honey on August 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    india is always the problem.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on August 14, 2013, 7:02 GMT

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

  • shiraz210 on August 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I have so many colleagues and friendsfrom HYD and they really love to watch pakistani cricketer.it 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

  • on August 14, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    CPL should be in a neutral country like the UAE.

  • mzm149 on August 14, 2013, 12:06 GMT

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

  • 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?!?!

  • 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.

  • wrenx 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

  • natural.honey on August 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    india is always the problem.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on August 14, 2013, 7:02 GMT

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

  • Saghir_Rizvi on August 14, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    and i thought, games are played to reduce political tension

  • gzk89 on August 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    The CLT20 is a joke if teams who've qualified legitimately aren't allowed to take part for political reasons. Might as well make it IPL-Lite. The ECB had the right ideas when forbidding its teams from taking part this year.

  • on August 14, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Dont mix politics and sports! Let Pakistan play in the IPL and CLT20. Government should NOT be involved with sports at all. It would be a shame if we don't get to see the Faislabad Wolves.

  • on August 14, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Very good news for Bangalore Royal Challengers. If Faisalabad not qualify then RCB will come in to the picture of Qualification I love this article

  • class9ryan on August 14, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Due to very recent problems, there is huge disbelief in the minds of people regarding Pakistan. But the Indians do respect cricketers from there. Its good we are not having games in cites like Mumbai, etc. But I am not sure The Gov. of India is gonna let a Pakistani team play. If for any reason Faisalabad Wolves do not play, it is not a big deal by having a 3 team qualifier.

  • on August 13, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    like always indian media and cricket board act foolish ...and spirit of sports suffer.

    Indian board is so biased

  • on August 13, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    cricket is different and politics is different

  • swingstowin on August 13, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Yeah given the incidents in India in the last few days, I think its better to let this one pass.Security will be a major issue EVEN if BCCI decides to have 'em over for the league. I know it'll be really disappointing for the Wolves,but surely they knew it was a possibility.

  • avmd on August 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    In all honesty, political tension should not effect the cricket games already scheduled and India is quite capable of proving security to the visiting team and they should not back off from their commitment to host Faisalabad wolves.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 13, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Who cares. Rinky dinky T20 leagues are on the downfall. Judging by what's happened in the previous editions of the IPL and BPL, Pakistan players have dodged a bullet. No need to risk any players safety over a tournament which is completely skewed to India's favour. What's embarrassing is that the CLT20 is an ICC sanctioned event and yet their silence once again is damning.

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    If Faisalabad Wolves not particpated it very sad for crciket & crciket lovers both sides.....

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Maybe change the venue if the security of a team cannot be guaranteed

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    As long as their is decent security set up, really hope Faisalabad is allowed to participate. They are a good team and could qualify for the main stages of the CL.

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  • on August 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    As long as their is decent security set up, really hope Faisalabad is allowed to participate. They are a good team and could qualify for the main stages of the CL.

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Maybe change the venue if the security of a team cannot be guaranteed

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    If Faisalabad Wolves not particpated it very sad for crciket & crciket lovers both sides.....

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 13, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Who cares. Rinky dinky T20 leagues are on the downfall. Judging by what's happened in the previous editions of the IPL and BPL, Pakistan players have dodged a bullet. No need to risk any players safety over a tournament which is completely skewed to India's favour. What's embarrassing is that the CLT20 is an ICC sanctioned event and yet their silence once again is damning.

  • avmd on August 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    In all honesty, political tension should not effect the cricket games already scheduled and India is quite capable of proving security to the visiting team and they should not back off from their commitment to host Faisalabad wolves.

  • swingstowin on August 13, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Yeah given the incidents in India in the last few days, I think its better to let this one pass.Security will be a major issue EVEN if BCCI decides to have 'em over for the league. I know it'll be really disappointing for the Wolves,but surely they knew it was a possibility.

  • on August 13, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    cricket is different and politics is different

  • on August 13, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    like always indian media and cricket board act foolish ...and spirit of sports suffer.

    Indian board is so biased

  • class9ryan on August 14, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Due to very recent problems, there is huge disbelief in the minds of people regarding Pakistan. But the Indians do respect cricketers from there. Its good we are not having games in cites like Mumbai, etc. But I am not sure The Gov. of India is gonna let a Pakistani team play. If for any reason Faisalabad Wolves do not play, it is not a big deal by having a 3 team qualifier.

  • on August 14, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Very good news for Bangalore Royal Challengers. If Faisalabad not qualify then RCB will come in to the picture of Qualification I love this article