Champions League news September 12, 2013

Faisalabad hopeful of visas despite uncertainty

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Faisalabad Wolves, Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions, are optimistic of taking part in the Champions League though they have not yet been issued with visas for India. They have been training and focusing on their cricket, team officials said, in preparation for the tournament.

Faisalabad play their first match on September 17 in Mohali, and they called off their last practice session scheduled for Thursday evening in the expectation that they would be issued their visas and would need time to pack.

However, there was no official indication either way from the Indian government or the BCCI on whether the visas would be granted. The PCB also told ESPNcricinfo that the visas had neither been issued nor denied.

"The players have been training assuming that they are going to depart as planned," Haroon Rasheed, the Faisalabad team manager, told ESPNcricinfo. "There may be some uncertainty but the players are asked to just focus on cricket and nothing else. We have completed our conditioning camp and the players have dispersed to do their packing and get ready by tonight."

If they get their visas, Faisalabad will be only the second Pakistan team to take part in the Champions League and the first in India - Sialkot Stallions competed in the 2012 tournament in South Africa.

The mood within the camp was one of hope and excitement. "For us who haven't played at the national level it is a mega event," one player said. "It will boost our careers. We are obviously down but are hopeful. It would be really unfair for us to be denied at the last hour. If they did not want to allow us they should have denied earlier instead of taking so long."

The players are scheduled to depart in two batches; those in Lahore are due to leave on Saturday while three players in the Pakistan national team - Misbah ul Haq, Saeed Ajmal and Ehsan Adil - are due to fly from Zimbabwe on the completion of the current series. The last day of the ongoing second Test in Harare is on Saturday.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Cpt.Meanster on September 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    This is an India-Pakistan governments issue. It has nothing to do with the BCCI or the PCB. Both boards act according to the home ministry whenever they play against each other or are to visit each other. People need to know that the recent LOC tensions between the two nations is the cause for this new episode. This is why I strongly wish to see the CLT20 being held outside of India every year so that we can avoid such unnecessary drama. If Faisalabad don't play, it would be really unfortunate. I feel bad for them. Many of their players would be dreaming to play in India and against some of the best players in the world.

  • on September 12, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Its Indian Govt's decision to allow visas or not, everyone including me should respect that.

    However, I think BCCI's could handle this more gracefully. The political tensions are not new. Before extending the invitation, BCCI should have worked out a procedure with Govt - laying out details how Govt will evaluate matters like security, background checks, visa eligibility etc. If later, visa's are denied based on the exact procedure/criteria then no one will complain. Leaving it at discretion of Govt till last min, is like extending invitation only as a formality. That shows lack of respect & preparation.

    Also BCCI & Govt should reflect on WC 2011 Semi-Final, when visas were extend to Pak team and hundreds of spectators as well. Pak team also toured ealier this year. These visits ARE possible, even among all tensions.

    End of day, its interests of cricketers & fans that is being sacrificed.

  • on September 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Nauman Rupan: As Capt.Meanster said, the recent incidents around LOC is the one which threw spanner in the works. The invitation went much before that. Before the World Cup 2011, there were no such fresh & raw wounds

    Neither Boards were behind the LOC incidents; and neither has the power to take any decision without the respective Home Ministrys' clearance.

    Even the Home Ministry can not decide on it unilaterally. Many other Ministries are involved; including External Affairs & Defense. So let us all be a bit more sensible in our reactions.

    Yes: all we cricket lovers feel extremely bad for the players, particularly those had never got (or rarely get) to play at this level. In fact, many of us are waiting eagerly for the day the Indo-Pak matches can resume.

  • on September 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    It's not about crying its about the principals they qualified for the league and they should be allowed to play. If a bunch of professional cricket players threaten the security of Indian people then I don't even know what to say. with regards to if they have a chance to win or not that will only be found out if they are allowed to play.

  • Karthi_2K11 on September 13, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    You may recall that the aborted inaugural 2008-09 Champions League Twenty20 tournament (which was to be held in India in Dec. 2008), was cancelled due to the Mumbai terrorist carnage, in late Nov., 2008. Back then, Sialkot Stallions were the Pakistan franchise that had been invited to play in the CL T20. So, I think the Faisalabad Wolves may have been left out of this tournament based, not only - out of indignation over the willful massacre committed by cross-border terrorists - but, also because, like Israel, India is vulnerable to such attacks with or without a pre-text for committing it. Also, even though this event is sponsored by ACB, BCCI, & UCBSA, & is by invitation only for any teams that are not sent by the host boards; it was still given an international window by the ICC, which represents all the world's Cricket boards, including Pakistan. So, the best option would be, for only UCBSA to host CL T20 on an annual basis, as there are timing issues with matches broadcast by ACB.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Pak should stop crying about Indian visa. They can't even beat one team in this series. So, they must be happy with the situation that they got an excuse to show. To be frank, I am afraid of security of people in India if they allowed.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on September 13, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Don't mix cricket with politics. Hope Faisalabad Wolves gets Visa and I am sure they are most balanced side to win the cup.

  • MAmir01 on September 13, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Faisalabad Wolves, get a life and have some self respect...not getting a visa is not end of the world...show some courage and refuse to go to India...I also suggest all Pakistani players not to consider going India until they are invited respectfully…hell with them….I believe sports should not take place between India and Pakistan until and unless the ties between the two countries come to normal function...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Even a full strength Pak team cannot win against ZIM, then how come they win in CL where other teams has foreign players in it!!

  • on September 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @irfan Come to think of it faisalbad wolves doesn't even deserve a place in CT leave alone challenging other teams and Indian teams especially with the inclusion of foreign player. Also you guys will need rest esp after the mental trauma pak team is going thru against a team like Zimbabwe

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    This is an India-Pakistan governments issue. It has nothing to do with the BCCI or the PCB. Both boards act according to the home ministry whenever they play against each other or are to visit each other. People need to know that the recent LOC tensions between the two nations is the cause for this new episode. This is why I strongly wish to see the CLT20 being held outside of India every year so that we can avoid such unnecessary drama. If Faisalabad don't play, it would be really unfortunate. I feel bad for them. Many of their players would be dreaming to play in India and against some of the best players in the world.

  • on September 12, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Its Indian Govt's decision to allow visas or not, everyone including me should respect that.

    However, I think BCCI's could handle this more gracefully. The political tensions are not new. Before extending the invitation, BCCI should have worked out a procedure with Govt - laying out details how Govt will evaluate matters like security, background checks, visa eligibility etc. If later, visa's are denied based on the exact procedure/criteria then no one will complain. Leaving it at discretion of Govt till last min, is like extending invitation only as a formality. That shows lack of respect & preparation.

    Also BCCI & Govt should reflect on WC 2011 Semi-Final, when visas were extend to Pak team and hundreds of spectators as well. Pak team also toured ealier this year. These visits ARE possible, even among all tensions.

    End of day, its interests of cricketers & fans that is being sacrificed.

  • on September 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Nauman Rupan: As Capt.Meanster said, the recent incidents around LOC is the one which threw spanner in the works. The invitation went much before that. Before the World Cup 2011, there were no such fresh & raw wounds

    Neither Boards were behind the LOC incidents; and neither has the power to take any decision without the respective Home Ministrys' clearance.

    Even the Home Ministry can not decide on it unilaterally. Many other Ministries are involved; including External Affairs & Defense. So let us all be a bit more sensible in our reactions.

    Yes: all we cricket lovers feel extremely bad for the players, particularly those had never got (or rarely get) to play at this level. In fact, many of us are waiting eagerly for the day the Indo-Pak matches can resume.

  • on September 13, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    It's not about crying its about the principals they qualified for the league and they should be allowed to play. If a bunch of professional cricket players threaten the security of Indian people then I don't even know what to say. with regards to if they have a chance to win or not that will only be found out if they are allowed to play.

  • Karthi_2K11 on September 13, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    You may recall that the aborted inaugural 2008-09 Champions League Twenty20 tournament (which was to be held in India in Dec. 2008), was cancelled due to the Mumbai terrorist carnage, in late Nov., 2008. Back then, Sialkot Stallions were the Pakistan franchise that had been invited to play in the CL T20. So, I think the Faisalabad Wolves may have been left out of this tournament based, not only - out of indignation over the willful massacre committed by cross-border terrorists - but, also because, like Israel, India is vulnerable to such attacks with or without a pre-text for committing it. Also, even though this event is sponsored by ACB, BCCI, & UCBSA, & is by invitation only for any teams that are not sent by the host boards; it was still given an international window by the ICC, which represents all the world's Cricket boards, including Pakistan. So, the best option would be, for only UCBSA to host CL T20 on an annual basis, as there are timing issues with matches broadcast by ACB.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Pak should stop crying about Indian visa. They can't even beat one team in this series. So, they must be happy with the situation that they got an excuse to show. To be frank, I am afraid of security of people in India if they allowed.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on September 13, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Don't mix cricket with politics. Hope Faisalabad Wolves gets Visa and I am sure they are most balanced side to win the cup.

  • MAmir01 on September 13, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Faisalabad Wolves, get a life and have some self respect...not getting a visa is not end of the world...show some courage and refuse to go to India...I also suggest all Pakistani players not to consider going India until they are invited respectfully…hell with them….I believe sports should not take place between India and Pakistan until and unless the ties between the two countries come to normal function...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Even a full strength Pak team cannot win against ZIM, then how come they win in CL where other teams has foreign players in it!!

  • on September 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @irfan Come to think of it faisalbad wolves doesn't even deserve a place in CT leave alone challenging other teams and Indian teams especially with the inclusion of foreign player. Also you guys will need rest esp after the mental trauma pak team is going thru against a team like Zimbabwe

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    If they can't play it will be the final nail in the coffin that is CLT20 what an utter farce t 4 IPl sides taking all the best players making West Indies only winner still have to qualify and now not even allowing the sole Pakistan side to compete ! Terrible for all cricket fans as the CLT20 had/has so much potential.

  • on September 13, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Very Bad its mean whatever happening on the media all are drama. We all talking about to make good relationship between these two countries, bring peace to the region, start trade and many more....

    I know indian people are very good and friendly but the govt looks not sincere to their words, i have been in UAE since 15 years and have many indian friends we never feels that we are from two different countries.

    I request Indian government to please allow Pakistani players to participate in CLT and create love bw Indo-Pak, we are in 20th century we don't have time to have, we want peace and love throughout the WORLD. Please understand.

  • on September 13, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Its a politics only that not allow to play Pakistani players in India . why they do this type of cheap thing for cricket only. when Pakistani sing and act in Bollywood then why they cant play cricket in India. government should not be biased.

  • on September 13, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    This is weird. Indian players have been playing IPL and CL T20 since day one BUT it is PAKISTAN who does better in T20 world cups :-)

  • on September 13, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    I love you BCCI, you are very weak board of the world, & ICC is much weaker than you. ICC gives opportunity to INDIA host the games, & India is unable to host matches due to security concerns. they are unable to provide security to a local/regional team of a ICC member country & you ICC are sending international teams like AUStralia, Westindeas over there. Pakistan is willing to host any team in their country & you (ICC) is playing game over their we will not allow boards to play there. it is great example of indian monopoly in cricket

  • on September 13, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    hi guys! it sounds little harsh but indians definitely don't like the Pakistanis to challenge them on play grounds, as they are scared of loosing, therefore, we Pakistanis have to be more matured and composed as we know these last minutes cancellation of tours from india is not new, y can't we just forget about india's existence and look forward to welcome those who welcome us, I was a great cricket fan, but looking at BCCI and ICC, I don't love this game anymore, I wish Pakistan to excel in field of football, can't we have new generation to be a Zidane, a Maradona or a Ronaldo, I wish!!!

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on September 13, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I fail to understand why Pakistan or any team from Pakistan fall for the same trap? It is not wise and safe for Pakistan to visit india in such conditions. However on the other hand not allowing them to play in CL will be unfair to Pakistan because ICC has allocated a window for CLT20 and no international matches are being played during this window. Either ICC makes sure that all eligible teams participate in this tournament (just like World Cup) or else allow international cricket as well during this window.

  • PrathameshYamgar on September 13, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Sports and politics is always mixed my dear friends. As we indians and pakistanis, who copy western ideals, should not forget that the US and many other allied countries had not participated in Moscow olympics. Similarly, south africa was barred from international competition because of apartheid politics. So get your history right. Sports has always been an emotional issue of the people and governments respect that.

    and if relations are not good between both countries, then why play also. First get relations right, respect each other and then continue with sports.

  • on September 12, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    well I had no hope for these people to grant visas to a team from Pakistan it would have been hard pill to swallow to watch an enemy beat you in your own back yard...

  • mzm149 on September 12, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Now there are talks of tri series among India, Pakistan and Sri Lana in India. BCCI and PCB should not advance further in this matter because such visa and security issues will arise again.

  • on September 12, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    faislabad team should refuse to visit india...and it will be a slap on indian government.....

  • kc69 on September 12, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    With a prize money of 2.5 million dollars for winning and Participating fee of 500,000 dollars all at the expense of BCCI. Why not provide financial help to PCB by letting them play for this tournament. I think ICC president Sharad Pawar is a part of Indian government(ruling party) and nothing can happen without his consent.

  • Big_Chikka on September 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    totally agree regarding the duplicity of visa's when it comes to cricket. no reason to prevent the pakistani side participating, other than the effect it might have on indians should they win........but then that is why we play sport.

  • on September 12, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    dirty politics by the Indian government. pure and simple.

  • on September 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    if there is any issue of security then why not ICC changed the venue to United Arab Amarates. Its totaly wrong with pakistan cricket.

  • braveheart86 on September 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    well well well...what a joke on ICC's part, often the criteria of regulating cricket has been biased towards one country...n if this time around FW are not allowed to be part of the competition it will be another so called feather in ICC's throne or for that matter again some evil wishes will come true........anyways why can't ICC think tanks really think that Pakistan security issues makes them declined to play any cricket on homeland...n if concerns of security are there in India than why cricket is being played there........for a change n justice on part of ICC, shift CLT20 permanently to be organized in India..if they are incapable to provide security to teams as same has been case with Pakistan.....

  • syedzafar on September 12, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Tuk-tuk master playing in CLT20. What a joke. Cricket is too politicized in both countries. So don't even dream of packing your bags, Faisalabad. Just enjoy the weather.

  • LakshmanReddyG on September 12, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @Khan, FYI security issues are with Pakistan not with other countries.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Quite unfortunate that there are no security Issues for Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar, and rest of the Pakistani Artists contributing towards the Bollywood industry (how can I forget VEENA), for all those years but they suddenly have security problems in hosting a team for few days.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    dnt mix cricket with politics

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    it is injustice.and india has also a fear lest faisalabad wolves should win the champions league 2013

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Its nothing to do with BCCI, its a security clearance for players from Pakistan in India, its just a league tournament and not an ICC funded tournament and hence there should be no complains if the security is denied, after all security for the nation and the respective players come first.

  • OZ_CRICKETLOVER on September 12, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    it's security issue,, we can't blame either indian gov or BCCI for this issue hope FW playes in CLT20

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    My City My team.. Misbah Hafeez and Ajmal Go faisalabad!

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @Ahmed Rauf - It is sad to see their visas get delayed but ICC can't force a government to issue VISAs. I don't think blaming boards is going to do anything. If ICC and BCCI wanted Pakistanis out, they would have ensured Pakistani teams aren't allowed to qualify. There is no "dirty politics" from BCCI's part. They are Indian cricket board, not the immigration department.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    India should provide visa for Faisalabad team to respect cricket fans hope

  • cric_info_man on September 12, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I think when the contract expires for the CLT with BCCI, CSA and Cricket Australia, the ICC should take charge of this tournament and hold it every year. Anyways ICC plans to change the duration between the t20 world cup to 4 yrs from 2 so people would like to see some sort of t20 competition on annual basis involving teams from all countries. This will generate more money for ICC almost as much as the t20 world cup, the idea of 4 years gap doesn't make too much sense to me, specially for t20 but the old heads at ICC are know for stubbornness,FIFA is doing it so must we. My thought; Each country is represented by one local franchise/team, the top 3 or 4 teams as per ICC t20 annual ranking may send in two teams to the tournament.This is held annually on rotation basis or to the countries that can hold it more successfully.Countries like India or England or Australia and to some extent Pakistan (UAE has people from all over to support their teams). Obviously there is room for improvement

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Any update on this...i hope they got the visa.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    dnt mix cricket with politics

  • fahad_pakistani on September 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    z.sallem and @stark62 totally agree with u

  • PPL11 on September 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Watch the dreams of playing in CLT20, You are not going to get Visas !!

  • SG_Styles on September 12, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    I'd love to see a team from Pakistan playing in the CLT20. But its not in my hand or in any other genuine cricket fan's. As far as the decision is concerned, the govt may be correct considering the recent tense period in the relation across the borders. All the people who are blaming Indian govt for their stand must consider those issues. Let enjoy the league as it happen.

  • Stark62 on September 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    ICC is a joke!!

    Pak and the Windies (most of their T20 players don't play Tests) could have played their Test series within this time period but that is not possible because the clT20 has an intl. window, meaning no international cricket can be played within that allocated period.

    Also, icc has nothing, NOTHING to do with the clT20.

  • Eshwar999 on September 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    its not in the hands of bcci or icc! its an india and pakistan government issue.......

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    if india have a security issuse then y they are hosting cricket matches and we pakistan cant totally unfair!!!!

  • Z.Saleem on September 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    exactly, please change the name to Indian (biased) Champions league!

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    its not a surprise. it was on the cards. sad day for cricket fans in India and Pakistan.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Seems like BCCI and Indian Government owns ICC and all the rest of the boards...good cricket is being sabotaged because of dirty politics, ICC should also use some guts against BCCI for these unfair politics...this is similar to what was happening in cricket in southafrica 25 years ago...race and origin should not play part in sports.

  • Anwar-Lara on September 12, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    why are we hopeful of getting visas?? i am not and i never was.. because i knew India would never support / promote any thing related to PAKISTAN.. Instead of waiting for visas we should have boycotted CL T20. .. why should we go and play in a country who does not want to see a prospering PAKISTAN.

  • shaalim on September 12, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Why It is called "CHAMPIONS LEAGUE", It should be INDIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE... I think ICC should at least take this step.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Don't we have common sense? Forget it and stay home. There is public opinion that needs to be looked at, which is I think not favorable for Pakistanis. One more tournament will not be represented by Pakistan, after IPL, so what's the big deal.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Considering the tense situation along the border I think it's best if the Pakistan domestic team did not arrive in India. It will further complicate the situation. This isn't an ICC tournament so it's not that important for Pakistan to participate or it's not necessary for Pakistan fans and PCB to embrace this tournament. The only reason FW want to participate in this is for the prize money. Well that cannot be the criteria to let them play. The harmony of the tournament is very important. Pakistan have to play their home games away too, keeping them out of CLT20 will give them more time to prepare for ICC FTP.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    yes again polotics will wins , i think most of peoples from india also want to see pakistan players in CLt20 but some politician use the sports as poloticial issue be a pakistani i want to play my team against india in every part of world also play in india like last series but i don't know why they want to face us , may be they afraid of the victory of pakistani domestic chapms in CLt20 with out foriegn players it is also same for them that thy include their 3 teams with lot of international & foreign players in short if faislabad did't go it will be a shame for cricket shame for sports

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Expected from the day 1.......

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Dirty Indian Politics. Why is sports always dependent on borders and politics in Asia.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    cricket should be treated as game and should not be bound with government politics It is always india who bound it with politics.

  • sherishahmir on September 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Without including all representing teams from ICC test members, the tournament should be called Champion League? Lets sports allows to reduce the tension between Pak&Ind.

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    A lot more will depend on the maturity of indian government and the BCCI.

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    politics wins again...

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Well this isn't ICC's tournament but India should have told the PCB about this once all the stuff on border started to happen.

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Well this isn't ICC's tournament but India should have told the PCB about this once all the stuff on border started to happen.

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    politics wins again...

  • on September 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    A lot more will depend on the maturity of indian government and the BCCI.

  • sherishahmir on September 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Without including all representing teams from ICC test members, the tournament should be called Champion League? Lets sports allows to reduce the tension between Pak&Ind.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    cricket should be treated as game and should not be bound with government politics It is always india who bound it with politics.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Dirty Indian Politics. Why is sports always dependent on borders and politics in Asia.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Expected from the day 1.......

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    yes again polotics will wins , i think most of peoples from india also want to see pakistan players in CLt20 but some politician use the sports as poloticial issue be a pakistani i want to play my team against india in every part of world also play in india like last series but i don't know why they want to face us , may be they afraid of the victory of pakistani domestic chapms in CLt20 with out foriegn players it is also same for them that thy include their 3 teams with lot of international & foreign players in short if faislabad did't go it will be a shame for cricket shame for sports

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Considering the tense situation along the border I think it's best if the Pakistan domestic team did not arrive in India. It will further complicate the situation. This isn't an ICC tournament so it's not that important for Pakistan to participate or it's not necessary for Pakistan fans and PCB to embrace this tournament. The only reason FW want to participate in this is for the prize money. Well that cannot be the criteria to let them play. The harmony of the tournament is very important. Pakistan have to play their home games away too, keeping them out of CLT20 will give them more time to prepare for ICC FTP.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Don't we have common sense? Forget it and stay home. There is public opinion that needs to be looked at, which is I think not favorable for Pakistanis. One more tournament will not be represented by Pakistan, after IPL, so what's the big deal.