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CLT20 set to have team from Pakistan

Siddarth Ravindran

May 12, 2012

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Sialkot celebrate their Faysal Bank T20 triumph, Final, Rawalpindi Rams v Sialkot Stallions, Faysal Bank T20, Karachi, October 2, 2011
Sialkot Stallions could become the first Pakistan side to play in the Champions League © Shakir Khilji
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The Champions League Twenty20 is set to have a team from Pakistan for the first time. The BCCI, the league's largest stakeholder, has said it would inform the tournament's governing council ahead of its May 28 meeting that it had no objection to the participation of a team from Pakistan.

The decision was taken at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Chennai today, where it was also decided to distribute approx $13m to ex-Indian players, set up a BCCI anti-corruption unit, and set up matches between IPL teams and Associate/Affiliate countries.

BCCI president N Srinivasan said the CLT20 governing council had already decided to invite a Pakistani team for the next tournament, to be held in India in October; the BCCI was now concurring with that decision. "The CLT20 is owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia, and Cricket South Africa, so we will recommend to the governing council that the BCCI has no objection and is prepared to invite a Pakistan team," he said.

The news was welcomed by the PCB, which saw it as the first step towards restoring cricketing ties with India. The PCB had been pushing for the inclusion of sides from Pakistan, the only major Test-playing nation to not have teams in either the qualifiers or the main round of the tournament since it got off the ground in 2009. Pakistan were among the countries included in the first tournament, in 2008, but that event was cancelled after the Mumbai terrorist attacks and Pakistani teams had been kept out of subsequent tournaments.

The current champions are Sialkot Stallions - who, coincidentally, were also the representatives in the 2008 tournament that was never held. The Sialkot Regional Cricket Association had requested the PCB last month to make efforts to enable the participation of Sialkot in the Champions League. The PCB, in turn, had said that Sialkot's participation was dependent on the restoration of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.

Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president and a minister in the Indian federal government, said there was no interference or green signal from the government. "Though PCB were asking us from the last three years, we did not consider that," Shukla said. "But now we felt it was good time to invite them and have acceded to the PCB request."

It is understood that it was Srinivasan who proposed the matter during the discussion in Chennai. Everyone felt that the political climate was conducive to a team from Pakistan to come and play and the working committee members accepted the proposal unanimously.

Pakistan players are currently excluded from the Indian Premier League as well. Shukla, also the IPL chairman, had said last month that their participation was also dependent on the resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

if sailkot comes to play in champion league under shoib malik, captaincy i am sure these guys will won the title specially imran nazir hasan raza

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

A gust of cool air. Astonishing to see Indians allowing a Pakistani Domestic Team to play CLT20. Hope they do well.

Posted by drnaveed on (May 14, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Pak should only focus on organizing a successful PPL, rather than planning to send its team to CL.Pak board should try every effort to make this PPL a successful one, by organizing it in some foreign Country,so that all big international stars play in it,as first impression is the last impression. yes, it will not be as glamorous as IPL outside the ground , but on the ground we have much talent than the indians.

Posted by captainpermod on (May 14, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Standard of domestic cricket is not good enough in countries like BAN, ZIM, PAK, SL, NZ, WI. They will be having huge pressure to cope up with more stronger opponents of IPL teams as well as champion teams from SA and AUS.

I look forward to see Imran Nazir playing again. I have heard that Sialkot team is having tremendous domestic records. Let's see if they have got the IRON.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

it was very unfortunate to see a team who has the best record in the domestic season around the world, not playing any international event... but now Sialkot stallions are coming hard, that's for sure!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

great!!!good luck Sialkot Stallions

Posted by anver777 on (May 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

WOW !!! finally its gonna happen !!! PAK domestic T20 champs deserves a place in CLT20 !!!!!! Good Luck !!!!

Posted by AdY113 on (May 14, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@ ani..thanx for the correction..yES Actually I wanted to say Without even winning a single match in the super6s :)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

this seems like a politically motivated decision, BCCI allow Pakistan team and mention they're willingness to play in SLPL, seems like a decision to minimize the chances of competition to IPL by SLPL and upcoming Pakistan league.

Posted by ani. on (May 14, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

@fr600 CL owned by India, Australia and south africa boards

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