Pakistan cricket July 29, 2009

Hameed hopes for IPL opportunity

Cricinfo staff

Former Pakistan international Yasir Hameed has said he would like to take part in the next season of the IPL, after missing out this season due to the ban on Pakistan players.

"I'm looking at what happens with the IPL with great interest as there were a couple of franchises who were thinking about signing me at the last auction. But sadly, with Pakistani players not being allowed to take part, that fell through. I hope that Pakistani players like me are given the opportunity to play in future competitions like the IPL and the American Premier League when that starts," Hameed told

Hameed also expressed disappointment at being dropped in the 30-man Champions Trophy squad. "I've been working really hard this season in domestic cricket and was hoping that the selectors would give me a chance by naming me in the squad for the Champions Trophy," he said.

Hameed said that one of the selectors told him "not to give up" and that "his time will come" since he would be starting a new domestic season with PIA.

The 31-year old last played an ODI for Pakistan in November 2007.