India news April 9, 2012

Pakistan's IPL participation dependent on bilateral ties - Shukla

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The participation of Pakistan cricketers in the IPL is dependent on the resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties, according to the IPL chairman and BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla. He was speaking to Geo News channel on Sunday, the day Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh held talks in New Delhi.

"No one is against Pakistan or Pakistani players in India, or else we would not have allowed Pakistani commentators or umpires in IPL 5," Shukla said. "Everything is tied to the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Once that happens, I think everything will happen automatically. The IPL functions under the BCCI and when bilateral relations resume between the two boards, the IPL will also not be a problem for Pakistani players."

Cricket relations between India and Pakistan are deadlocked at the moment, with the BCCI generally shifting the onus of resuming bilateral ties to the government. However, several reports following the meeting between the countries' political leaders suggest that progress in cricketing relations depends on the two boards. The Telegraph said that an "almost certain" November visit by the Indian prime minister to Pakistan would be the barometer of ties between the two countries.

Pakistan cricketers took part in the first IPL in 2008. However, the terrorist attack in Mumbai in November that year suspended bilateral cricket ties between the two countries and also, without any official announcement, the involvement of Pakistan's cricketers in the IPL. Shukla said the two boards were in touch over the issue and that new PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had "made all the right moves to get the ball rolling". "But until something definite happens it would not be proper for me to comment on when we can resume playing cricket again," Shukla said.

The major obstacles to the resumption of bilateral ties, Shukla said, was India's hectic international calendar and the security situation in Pakistan - the country has not hosted a Test team following the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. "The hectic international schedule of the Indian team is an issue and we have to see and find a slot for even the Pakistan team to tour India. Secondly, and more importantly, the PCB needs to do something and convince other cricket nations at the level of the International Cricket Council that it is safe and secure to play in Pakistan … they need to do more and get the support of leading nations like Australia, England and South Africa."

Following Pakistan's tour to India in 2007, it is India's turn to tour Pakistan but Shukla made it clear that a series on neutral territory - where Pakistan have hosted four of their 'home' series since the Lahore attack - is not an option for the moment. "We feel that it is no use if both countries play at a neutral venue. It serves no purpose. If we play, it must be in each other's countries. We have no problems touring Pakistan but first the PCB needs to win the confidence of the ICC and member boards."

The ICC's Future Tours Programme has several periods marked out for series between India and Pakistan, but doesn't mention any details - a tentative number of games and which formats.

The PCB has also been pushing for the inclusion of teams from Pakistan in the Champions League T20, where the previous winner received $2.5m. "Obviously we want our team to be there and play like other teams are," Subhan Ahmed, the PCB's chief operating officer, told ESPNcricinfo. "The decision to invite us is something that is in their [the organisers - India, Australia and South Africa] hands. We can't force them. We had widely raised this issue on various forums but I believe the only difficultly we are facing is the bilateral ties with India and everything is connected with it."

"Once the bilateral ties between Pakistan and India are revived, all these issues will automatically be resolved. So our priority is to revive Indo-Pak cricket." The inaugural Champions League T20 was to be held in 2008 but was cancelled due to the Mumbai attacks.

Commenting on the possible involvement of Pakistan's Twenty20 champions, Sialkot Stallions, in the 2012 edition of the Champions League, Shukla said, "If we [are talking] about the Champions League, then just wait and see for a few months. I don't think we should be pessimistic about Indo-Pak bilateral relations, remain optimistic ... Pakistani players have special talents and everyone likes to see them play. But we need to be patient and wait for good things to happen."

Additional reporting by Umar Farooq

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 11, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Well pakistan has won 22 odis as compared to india's 21 in the last 10 years and pakistan has dominated India in every part of the world. In india pak has won 17 odis as compared to india's 10. Record speaks for themselves. Pak has been better than India !

  • K.A.K on April 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    "We should be patient and wait for the good things to happen". How about making good things happen. BCCI rules the world of Cricket and can have a very positive role to play in bringing the two nations closer. When there are more people trying to make good things happen, bad things will be marginalized.

  • g.narsimha on April 11, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    GETSETGOPAK-Agreed in over all pak leads but majority of those wins were achieved in SHARAAH in 80s-90s , we all KNEW than why that venue was banned of hosting international cricket for decates , how ever AT THAT TIME ur team was blessed with some great bowlers in AKRAM, WAQAR , IMRAAN , BUT from the last decade onwards things reversed, more over now a days ur team is totally dependant on spin , AJMALS, RAHMAANS, AFRIDIS , but when playing with IND spin doesnt metter as it proved in SL, WC, & IN DHAKA .

  • on April 10, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    As a neutral looking in I have to say india are being very stubborn in their approach and its downright ludicrous in what they're saying

  • DaGameChanger on April 10, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @getsetgopk..I am not funny..I am stating truth. I am not denying that Pakistan was better team in late 80s and early 90s and India has been much better in 21st Century. Regarding total matches won by Pakistan..that too most of them in Sharjah..you can keep that record and we can keep all silverwares Asia Cups, T20 WorldCup and 2011 WC and all big game wins. BTW, you should be happy that BCCI didnt play against Pakistan since 3-4 years when India was on top, which it still is just in Asia.

  • Desihungama on April 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @Mahesh Dhamane - Of course. SRK still has a home in Pakistan. So as Deleep Kumar and the Kapoor's. Do you believe all 3 families at one time resided in the city of Peshawar?

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @DaGameChanger l0lzzz..:P

  • Vilander on April 10, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Finally Sharada is using her clearly apparent skills for the right story, the author puts the Reverse spin when she says " (Everything depends on Ind-pak bilateral ties), The inaugural Champions League T20 was to be held in 2008 but was cancelled due to the Mumbai attacks." There we go, its politics over cricket, clearly everyone knows the reasons. Pak should not complain, one of their teams did visit us in 2008.

  • Vilander on April 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Pak people are seen to dislike india often, then why should India have cricket ties with them ? there is no need for them to play in IPL, its an indian domestic tournament. There have been so many pakistani teams that visit India quite often, we dont realy need their cricket team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Can anyone explain me the 'link' between bilateral ties and Pak player's playing IPL? What explanation does this statement give about exclusion of Pak players in IPL - '...or else we would not have allowed Pakistani commentators or umpires in IPL 5'. Mr. Shukla sees no point playing bilateral series at neutral venue... although it is not ideal but if Aus can play against Pak in Eng, SA, SL in UAE, why not Ind? Why deprive millions of fans to watch the games between arch rivals on TV just because the stadiums are not guaranteed 100% full??

  • on April 11, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Well pakistan has won 22 odis as compared to india's 21 in the last 10 years and pakistan has dominated India in every part of the world. In india pak has won 17 odis as compared to india's 10. Record speaks for themselves. Pak has been better than India !

  • K.A.K on April 11, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    "We should be patient and wait for the good things to happen". How about making good things happen. BCCI rules the world of Cricket and can have a very positive role to play in bringing the two nations closer. When there are more people trying to make good things happen, bad things will be marginalized.

  • g.narsimha on April 11, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    GETSETGOPAK-Agreed in over all pak leads but majority of those wins were achieved in SHARAAH in 80s-90s , we all KNEW than why that venue was banned of hosting international cricket for decates , how ever AT THAT TIME ur team was blessed with some great bowlers in AKRAM, WAQAR , IMRAAN , BUT from the last decade onwards things reversed, more over now a days ur team is totally dependant on spin , AJMALS, RAHMAANS, AFRIDIS , but when playing with IND spin doesnt metter as it proved in SL, WC, & IN DHAKA .

  • on April 10, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    As a neutral looking in I have to say india are being very stubborn in their approach and its downright ludicrous in what they're saying

  • DaGameChanger on April 10, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @getsetgopk..I am not funny..I am stating truth. I am not denying that Pakistan was better team in late 80s and early 90s and India has been much better in 21st Century. Regarding total matches won by Pakistan..that too most of them in Sharjah..you can keep that record and we can keep all silverwares Asia Cups, T20 WorldCup and 2011 WC and all big game wins. BTW, you should be happy that BCCI didnt play against Pakistan since 3-4 years when India was on top, which it still is just in Asia.

  • Desihungama on April 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @Mahesh Dhamane - Of course. SRK still has a home in Pakistan. So as Deleep Kumar and the Kapoor's. Do you believe all 3 families at one time resided in the city of Peshawar?

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @DaGameChanger l0lzzz..:P

  • Vilander on April 10, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Finally Sharada is using her clearly apparent skills for the right story, the author puts the Reverse spin when she says " (Everything depends on Ind-pak bilateral ties), The inaugural Champions League T20 was to be held in 2008 but was cancelled due to the Mumbai attacks." There we go, its politics over cricket, clearly everyone knows the reasons. Pak should not complain, one of their teams did visit us in 2008.

  • Vilander on April 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Pak people are seen to dislike india often, then why should India have cricket ties with them ? there is no need for them to play in IPL, its an indian domestic tournament. There have been so many pakistani teams that visit India quite often, we dont realy need their cricket team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Can anyone explain me the 'link' between bilateral ties and Pak player's playing IPL? What explanation does this statement give about exclusion of Pak players in IPL - '...or else we would not have allowed Pakistani commentators or umpires in IPL 5'. Mr. Shukla sees no point playing bilateral series at neutral venue... although it is not ideal but if Aus can play against Pak in Eng, SA, SL in UAE, why not Ind? Why deprive millions of fans to watch the games between arch rivals on TV just because the stadiums are not guaranteed 100% full??

  • GravyMon on April 10, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Here's a thought to ponder - Would India ever have attained a #1 ranking in Test Cricket were Pakistan in the mix of their (India's) opponents during the time they defaulted to #1? If we bear in mind the quality of Pakistan's fast bowlers during the period, we might be hard pressed to say yes!

  • on April 10, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Pak games should be played in the UAE. Simples!

  • on April 10, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    India Pakistan series has always been and will always be better than the usually one sided Ashes. Period

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    For the time being, Bangladesh is much more stronger than India, So Pakistan is far ahead, there is no doubt about it. Indian players need more practice to face premium spin from Pakistan in Tests. So, the time for Indo-Pak Test series has not yet come.

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Playing a T20 game with SA doesn't count under scheduling for the so called BCCI (Money raking board)

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    it will be good news for KKR.. srk's loves pakistan

  • DataQue on April 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    IPL is fading out and it will be killed in the future.. BCCI management should be fired, one to all; they are more politicians than administrators! As for Pakistani Cricket players 'they simply dont give a (rap about IPL anymore'... So IPL management you take IPL where sun does not shine...

  • getsetgopk on April 10, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @DaGameChanger dude ur funny, if you want to count down individual matches then how about the those 67 times pakistan beaten india to indias 48, these are discrete facts too you missed that in your calculations.

  • DaGameChanger on April 10, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Continued..Australia lost 2-0 when they visted India last time and England too got whitewashed with 5-0 in OneDay last time and one before that. England have have won only 1 test in last 18 years in India. In short...Agreed India' had bad year but Pakistan aint got nothing on India in 21st Century...

  • DaGameChanger on April 10, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    @Atiq Butt..Please donot twist the facts..India won Test Series and One Day series in Pakistan 2003-2004. Then India-Pak tied Test Series and Pak won One day and then India won One_day Series in Pak and lost Test Series in 2006. Then Again Pak lost miserably when visited India in both Test Series and One day series so much that India was playing with substitutes in last 2 one day games...Pakistan have lost ALL T20 games against India including the one pre-match played in 2009 T20 WC..They only won in Champions Trophy again but only when Yuvi, Sehwag and Zak were injured. But Then Pak lost Asia cup, remember Harbhajans last over Six, India again Won Semi-Final(you will never forget that) and Then again when Virat slaughtered Pak bowlers like boys playing against Mens in Asia cup. Last time I know Pakistan lost to Australia 3-0, 5-0 and 2-0 and Afridi Chewed the ball and in England, Pak lost 3-1 . So Pak hasn't done any great either. India atleast has won Test Series in England in 2007..

  • asim229 on April 10, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    I dont know why they want to play in that useless IPL. It will not do anything to better their technique in a longer format. They should start their own 40 over domestic tournament with foreign players or keep playing county cricket.

  • stalefresh on April 9, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    India and pakistan needs to find a way to play test cricket twice every 5 years. Else test cricket will be dead.

  • Malti65 on April 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Indo-Pak series is the asian Ashes. The mother of all competition. Exciting.

  • Mel-waas on April 9, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket does not need IPL. It is better for Paksitani Players to play in English Counties, Australian & south African Domestic cricket so they can become better technical players and perform overseas. Otherwise they will only become Technically incorrect rich players who fail overseas and don't care about it because they are making so much money like Indian Players in Recent time. THANK YOU India for Keeping Pakistani Players away from the IPL.

  • skad on April 9, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    why indians do not agree with indo-pak series? there is no security problem in dubai so why every time bc.ci accused for indo-pak series?

  • arobian on April 9, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    we should have to be more realistic!

  • haseeb.ahmed on April 9, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower only way to bring back int. cricket to Pakistan is to organize t20 league like baigbash,bp,ipl,etcl

  • Dhumper on April 9, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    IPL is T20 and for that matter it's exciting specially because of international players. Are we playing better cricket for last 2 years because of not playing IPL? Can't say for sure. Our injury list has gone down for sure so that maybe a reason. Our players have central contracts and are making pretty good money so IPL or no IPL they are pretty well off. As far as bilateral series is concerned, marketing wise its exciting but India has lost 8 tests in a row - I'd rather watch us playing Australia or South Africa.

  • K.A.K on April 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Pakistan need more series this year. The team is playing good, and it will be entertaining to see Pakistan play more cricket.

  • StatisticsRocks on April 9, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Agree with both Santhosh-Indian and Shiraj Ahmed. Pak has one of the most passionate cricket fans and they are being robbed of cricket. There are many Indians who would like to see not only PAK cricketers play in IPL but the resu mption of cricket between India and PAK and I mean test series as it provides an atmosphere compared to none including the ashes. Lets play PAK in UAE and let PAK team tour India for a 5 test match series.

  • Trickstar on April 9, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    @Micky Tool I think you'll find Pakistan are nowhere near the best Twenty20 side in the world, that would be England by some distance, Pakistan are down in 5th and have just lost to England at home.

  • ultrasnow on April 9, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Indian fan here. I'd rather look at the larger picture. International cricket is still contested by few top teams unlike football. Cricket just can't afford the absence of a leading international side like Pakistan. The same applies to the IPL.

  • heartbreakerz on April 9, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    i dun care about ipl and cl t20...i just want d indo-pak bilateral ties to resume...so dat we can witness some excellent cricket which we hav been missing since d last 4yrs

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I think that ship has sailed where Pakistanis would like to see our players in the IPL. I'd much rather watch our own "league." That means I'd like to watch a league rather than a glorified tournament full of actors and actresses which in fact is just stamped as a league. I'd like to see a Pakistani league which functions like one as well, therefore raising the standards of Pakistani cricket and cricket in general. Which means no finals and semifinals. The team that tops the league are the champions. Don't invite foreign players right now since Pakistan can't afford to with the level of security. Remember security is not just providing guards and bomb proof technology. When you're inviting people for a long time in your country then they deserve to live a free life and roam around, exploring the different culture. It's absurd to suggest players should be confined to the grounds and the hotel only. Lets hope for the best. I would however like to see Pak-India contests!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 9, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I welcome pakistani players whole heartedly.... Would love to see Afridi and sohail tanvir play under captaincy of DADA.

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    mr depak u havn't white wash thm we did it secondly in england we beat thm in 1 test evn havg culprits in our but ur team fail to win a single match

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    BCCI hahaha , they choose pakistani umpires+commentetor in IPL. why not players ?

  • rahulcricket007 on April 9, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    SHUKLA SAID THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE AUTOMATICALLY . LOL .

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Pakistan is the BEST 20-20 team and thier players r da best for this format..Everywhere they play, they do rock.. Without Pkaistani Players IPL is not complete..totally biased..We wana see Afridi,Razzaq,Imran Nazir,Umer Akmal,Gul,Ajmal,Jamshed,Shehzad, Hafiz,Malik etc ..playing in any 20-20 league of the world to make it Interesting..They play a huge part in 20-20 format...

  • on April 9, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @gunnerr4life When it comes to indo-pak series even no.10 test indian team can beat no.1 pak or no.10 pak team can beat no.1 indian test team so dont talk abt class of the teams we all know wat the matter is lets stick to d topic no team is beware of other

  • on April 9, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i am a pakistani..... and i hope pakistani players never get a chance to play in the ipl, look at indian players...when they play for india, you can clearly see that its not their first priority to play for india. players get injured when they play for india, comes the ipl and they suddenly get fit !! i want my players to play for the national team for as long as they can. ! REMEMBER , its shud not always be about money !!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 9, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @haseeb.ahmed: first let international cricket return to Pakistan. Then talk about a t20 league!

  • on April 9, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Indian cricketers have had the better of Pakistanis since Dhoni took over as a captain. He has instilled a lot of self belief but even his presence couldn't prevent an Indian defeat in England and Australia, call it annihilation, slaughter what you want. Imran Khan said he would have left cricket if he was beaten in 8 test matches straight in a row. English media were asking Strauss to step down just after 4 defeats and yet Indian Stalwarts continue to play. I think its best that Pakistanis don't participate in gruelling IPL, get injured and then national side loses, look what happened to India.

  • Stark62 on April 9, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Nobody cares about the participation of Pak players in ipl but, rather a series between the two sides!

    This can be done in the UAE, if there are security concerns.

    3 Tests, 5 ODI's and 3 T20's.

  • Asif_Iqbal on April 9, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    WHY WE PAKISTAN NEED TO PLAY IN THE IPL OR WHY TO INDIA IF THEY DO NOT WANT PLAY WITH US ? JUST FOR MONEY ?

  • Romenevans on April 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    LOL if Pakistani Hockey and other sports teams can come and play in India, then why not Cricket? I can't understand the logic. Its just a game guys. I'd love to see Sohail tanveer and Saeed Ajmal back in my Rajasthan Royals team.

  • LillianThomson on April 9, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is doing beautifully as a result of exclusion from the IPL, and any wellwisher of Pakistan cricket must hope that they aren't re-admitted. At least the ICL guaranteed to release all players for international duty - meanwhile Messrs Samuels and Gayle are ignoring Test series v Australia and England to pimp themselves out to play this garbage form of cricket. Of course the BCCI refuses to play Pakistan in the UAE or England (imagine 5 Tests at Lords, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester!). But the BCCI knows that its players can't play the Test game any more as they have been destroyed by T20, and it doesn't want to see them exposed.

  • ashangamage on April 9, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    sri lanka warmly wellcome both of you....

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @ Deepak Deeps you won 2007 test series by 1-0 , and we won 2006 test series by 1-0 , so both team won their last home test series, there is no test series for last 5 year how can u say we are struggling to win, ye you won last 3 ODI's but we played 3 odi's in 3 years, champion's trophy 2009 in south Africa we won against you, first win against Bangladesh then think beyond,

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @gunnerr4life : ha ha best comedy.. english cannot play spin, its a known fact.. dont you hear commentary of that UAE series between eng and pak where commentators kept saying that except india's strong middle order no other country would face this spin bowling.. did u mean that commentator is mad????

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Pakisthan gonna start their own t20 league, so why they need ipl?

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    we have xciting t20 players n ipl without them is nothing . . .we want to see umar gul saeed ajmal shahid afridi umar akmal wahab riaz abdul razzak in t20 . . .

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    first of all Pakistan beat England in UAE not in England.. and about english teams caliber check stats abt england tour of india.. in subcontinent condition india is not going to face a white wash. and pakistan is struggling to beat india for last 5 years...

  • spiriteddisplay on April 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Rajiv Shukala is talking nonsense, they did'nt wanted pakistani to participate in the IPL at all and what Lalit Modi has said about the IPL is absolutely correct. So Mr.Shukala, pls talk sense next time.

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    they must be no boundaries for players. Cricket lovers want to see good cricket and a cricket lover always appreciate to good performance. and all over the world Pakistani players has worth specially in T20. Australia, South Africa , Sriklanga and bangladesh and i don't know what BCCI or Indian Govt wants to prove. agree with santosh the presence of pakistani players increase IPL worth

    Pakistan is the 2nd big cricket lover country you can't ignore us or demotivate us.

  • haseeb.ahmed on April 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I dont think Pakistani government, Pcb and Pakistani players need to beg infront of indian government and bcci for allowing their players to be included in ipl. Pakistan should organize their own league (and i think this time pcb is dead serious about organizing the t20 league) which will benefit them more in every aspect.

  • indiasupbangalore on April 9, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Though i would have loved to watch ind pak test match, what is the point pak are spin heavy and india are good in playing spin, I would rather have india take on SA in india, will be good contest.

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Really no need pakistan players in IPL, everything cool as of now

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    At least champion league must be considered for Pakilstani players, if not the IPL at the moment. I think ICC should run CL instead of BCCI.

  • Classy.Nerd on April 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    It's strange how Rajeev Shukla keeps saying MAJOR OBSTACLES TO RESUMPTION OF BILATERAL CRICKET TIES ARE BUSY-INTERNATIONAL-TOURS OF INDIAN TEAM AND SECURITY!!!

    Why doesn't Rajeev Shukla mention WHY WERE PAKISTANI PLAYERS BANNED IN THE FIRST PLACE ? Ofcourse India has had a better win rate against Pakistan in last 5Years, but Why did the seal-off begin???

    One word: Politics!!

  • gunnerr4life on April 9, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    They know that Pakistan can't host them so they want Pakistan to tour India regardless of the fact that it is India's turn ... Why are they not willing to tour UAE ? Probably they know that it would lead to another test series white wash ... Pak have recently beaten the no.1 test side in tests in UAE so they know they do not stand a chance because we all know that India is not even close to England's calibre !!

  • ManHOOS on April 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    lol wat a joke ! BCCI claimed its upto Indian Govt who will decide, and there Prime minister is giving a statment in media that he will ask BCCI to play with Pakistan... Rajpal Yadav type Comedy !!!

  • Santhosh-indian on April 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    The participation of Pakistani players will make IPL even more exciting.....

  • on April 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    if this is the case, and yes this is, ICC should be shut down and cricket all over the world should be officially governed by BCCI...

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  • on April 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    if this is the case, and yes this is, ICC should be shut down and cricket all over the world should be officially governed by BCCI...

  • Santhosh-indian on April 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    The participation of Pakistani players will make IPL even more exciting.....

  • ManHOOS on April 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    lol wat a joke ! BCCI claimed its upto Indian Govt who will decide, and there Prime minister is giving a statment in media that he will ask BCCI to play with Pakistan... Rajpal Yadav type Comedy !!!

  • gunnerr4life on April 9, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    They know that Pakistan can't host them so they want Pakistan to tour India regardless of the fact that it is India's turn ... Why are they not willing to tour UAE ? Probably they know that it would lead to another test series white wash ... Pak have recently beaten the no.1 test side in tests in UAE so they know they do not stand a chance because we all know that India is not even close to England's calibre !!

  • Classy.Nerd on April 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    It's strange how Rajeev Shukla keeps saying MAJOR OBSTACLES TO RESUMPTION OF BILATERAL CRICKET TIES ARE BUSY-INTERNATIONAL-TOURS OF INDIAN TEAM AND SECURITY!!!

    Why doesn't Rajeev Shukla mention WHY WERE PAKISTANI PLAYERS BANNED IN THE FIRST PLACE ? Ofcourse India has had a better win rate against Pakistan in last 5Years, but Why did the seal-off begin???

    One word: Politics!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    At least champion league must be considered for Pakilstani players, if not the IPL at the moment. I think ICC should run CL instead of BCCI.

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Really no need pakistan players in IPL, everything cool as of now

  • indiasupbangalore on April 9, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Though i would have loved to watch ind pak test match, what is the point pak are spin heavy and india are good in playing spin, I would rather have india take on SA in india, will be good contest.

  • haseeb.ahmed on April 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I dont think Pakistani government, Pcb and Pakistani players need to beg infront of indian government and bcci for allowing their players to be included in ipl. Pakistan should organize their own league (and i think this time pcb is dead serious about organizing the t20 league) which will benefit them more in every aspect.

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    they must be no boundaries for players. Cricket lovers want to see good cricket and a cricket lover always appreciate to good performance. and all over the world Pakistani players has worth specially in T20. Australia, South Africa , Sriklanga and bangladesh and i don't know what BCCI or Indian Govt wants to prove. agree with santosh the presence of pakistani players increase IPL worth

    Pakistan is the 2nd big cricket lover country you can't ignore us or demotivate us.