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

  • dummy4fb 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?!?!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • android_user 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.

  • android_user 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.

  • dummy4fb 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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