Indian Premier League 2011 April 8, 2011

Allow Pakistan players back into IPL - Afridi

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain, has said called on the IPL to include Pakistan players with relations between the two countries steadily improving. Pakistan played India in the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, a game watched by Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Gilani on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, who was also present.

"It is high time the Pakistani cricketers also get a place in the IPL. For three seasons, including the current one, we haven't been a part of the IPL. We have no problems playing in India as we have just played a World Cup semi-final there," Afridi told PTI.

Players from Pakistan featured in the inaugural version of the IPL but, following the Mumbai terrorist attack in November 2008 and its diplomatic fallout, they weren't picked by any of the franchises for the subsequent two editions, and will also not be part of the tournament that starts on Friday.

"I am not saying I want to play the IPL but it could be a great platform for youngsters. They could make a mark for themselves," Afridi said.

Afridi added the inclusion of Pakistan players in the IPL was an opportunity for both countries to improve relations. "Our PM responded positively to that invitation. Now IPL can be a platform to further ease the tension," he said. "We should play more against each other. This will not only ease the pressure but will also reduce the unwanted media hype surrounded with Indo-Pak matches."

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  • superbuddy on April 11, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    pakistan players should be allowed based upon there merit and skill level assosiated with t20

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I think Pak players should be allowed.

    Wasim Akram is Coach of KKR. If Wasim Akaram can be part of IPL, why not Afridi.

  • Trishcric on April 11, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Those who claim Pakistan are the champions in T20, PLEASE get your facts right... England is the reigning T20 champions and Aussies are the runners up. There are only three T20 cups took place so far... and pakistan only won 1. India 1 and England 1.

    On a sidenote, T20 is not for real cricket fans... You can see an innings build up, real skill, ability, test of characters, etc... in T20. Personally, I think if a cricketer wants to play only in T20 and doesn't want to play in tests, for me, they are lacking something...

  • imirfan on April 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Afridi should not have asked for our players inclusion in the IPL. If our players concentrate and keep winning the world cup of T20. Thats enough to proove that they are the best. I am not even watching the IPL. Its boring withour Pakistani Players.

  • Hindh on April 11, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    @khurram then you are still living in 2009 , England are the champions of 2010 T20. They are present No 1 in t20 and not pak....

  • khurramsch on April 10, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    @hindh88 : well u r right india is no 1 in test & world champion in tests BUT in t20 they are not. its 2011 now u r living in 2007. they were champion that time but lost that position badly coz they were not even close to semi finals in next 2 versions.even by playing IPL where 50-60 indian players get chance they couldnt even go to semi finals afetr 1st.

  • Nabi007 on April 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    @hindh88 India is best in 2 formats Tests and 50 Overs and Pakistan is best in t20 three t20 world cups played two times pakistan reached to final and one time to semi final while india reached to final one time. i think thats all for you i hope you understand my words.

  • Hindh on April 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @tauqeer India has 1 billion population ,it is more than enough to sustain IPL. If pak does not watch there are 10 times more population of india is watching it. @nabi007 according to u what should india concentrate on they are champions in all 3 formats??

  • on April 10, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    come on lets start ur own premier league and we will not oppose it

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    YES, PAKISTANI PLAYERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR PLAYING IPL AFRIDI I AM WITH U

  • superbuddy on April 11, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    pakistan players should be allowed based upon there merit and skill level assosiated with t20

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I think Pak players should be allowed.

    Wasim Akram is Coach of KKR. If Wasim Akaram can be part of IPL, why not Afridi.

  • Trishcric on April 11, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Those who claim Pakistan are the champions in T20, PLEASE get your facts right... England is the reigning T20 champions and Aussies are the runners up. There are only three T20 cups took place so far... and pakistan only won 1. India 1 and England 1.

    On a sidenote, T20 is not for real cricket fans... You can see an innings build up, real skill, ability, test of characters, etc... in T20. Personally, I think if a cricketer wants to play only in T20 and doesn't want to play in tests, for me, they are lacking something...

  • imirfan on April 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Afridi should not have asked for our players inclusion in the IPL. If our players concentrate and keep winning the world cup of T20. Thats enough to proove that they are the best. I am not even watching the IPL. Its boring withour Pakistani Players.

  • Hindh on April 11, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    @khurram then you are still living in 2009 , England are the champions of 2010 T20. They are present No 1 in t20 and not pak....

  • khurramsch on April 10, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    @hindh88 : well u r right india is no 1 in test & world champion in tests BUT in t20 they are not. its 2011 now u r living in 2007. they were champion that time but lost that position badly coz they were not even close to semi finals in next 2 versions.even by playing IPL where 50-60 indian players get chance they couldnt even go to semi finals afetr 1st.

  • Nabi007 on April 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    @hindh88 India is best in 2 formats Tests and 50 Overs and Pakistan is best in t20 three t20 world cups played two times pakistan reached to final and one time to semi final while india reached to final one time. i think thats all for you i hope you understand my words.

  • Hindh on April 10, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @tauqeer India has 1 billion population ,it is more than enough to sustain IPL. If pak does not watch there are 10 times more population of india is watching it. @nabi007 according to u what should india concentrate on they are champions in all 3 formats??

  • on April 10, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    come on lets start ur own premier league and we will not oppose it

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    YES, PAKISTANI PLAYERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR PLAYING IPL AFRIDI I AM WITH U

  • Nabi007 on April 10, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Pakistan Players should focus on 50 over matches and tests in t20 they are already champions

  • touqeer777 on April 10, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    I think pak players should be allowed to play in IPL.its not only money i think its lot of learning when best players of world play together. i think one of reason why india is world champ is IPL b/c they able to groom a lot of players through IPL.IPL is losing lot of audience as no pakistani is interested in watching IPL b/c their favourite players r not playing.as for as talent is concerned record prove pak have worth in 20 20 as they were 2007 wc finalist,2009 champion and 2010 semi finalist.one more reason i want to give is Lalit modi introduce this IPL idea base to soccer league in the Europe and at the end best 4 teams from europe play champion league.right now there is no competition for IPL.but they have to wait the day when any country like england or any other country start to have premier league then there will be no dominanace of IPL and their arrogance will be shattered in air.me as well as my friends never watch IPL since ist edition b/c no pakistani player is playing

  • on April 9, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Since when was Misbah a youngster?

  • Realhotshady on April 9, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Afridi can be the best player of IPL if he is allowed to play. Pakistani player will definitely add a flavor to the IPL. I hope they'll be allowed to play from the next IPL.

  • cricketfan246 on April 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    well IPL is an ICC venture and players from all countries should be allowed to play.plus pakistan was treated with hospitability from everone in india except from the indian media.

  • on April 9, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Mr. Afridi, your comments on Indian people dosnt help your cause. We love to see Pakistani players in IPL the likes of Gul, Umar, Riaz but not you. Your comments have sored the relationship further !

  • on April 9, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Indian media is against afiridi for no reason...they showed half of the footage of yuvraj n afiridi joking aroun with stumps...just to create mistunderstanding for those who havent seen that match...they didnt let us play IPL n we won 2009 T20 wc...this will happen again

  • JunaidKFarooqi on April 9, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    I can understand y Pakistani players are not playing IPL. but y on earth they are not allowed to participate in champions league ... come on ICC Sialkot stallions and Faisalabad wolves are the best T20 sides in the world

  • on April 9, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    yeah ! pakistan player's should be allowed to play in the ipl as they are good t20 player's

  • on April 9, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    i support u afridi

  • Venki_indian on April 9, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    thanks Afridi sir..you are not allowed

  • on April 9, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Pakistani Players should play IPL but not Afridi

  • snshetty69 on April 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Yes Afridi is right..It will be good platform for youngsters like Misbah, Younis, Akmal , Razaakk and other very young players..

  • pratnik on April 9, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    wat the heck!!.....he said v indians r nt large hearted!!! ok den v r nt..... v wont allow you ppl in r league!!! get da hel outta here!!

  • ssm69 on April 9, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    why now the clamour for pak players by Afridi when he doesn't like the country, its people and media. money talks you see. as such IPL has never missed pak players. there is hardly any one with quality except umar akmal and umar gul in pak team.all these cricket exchange will never change the political equation between the two countries.

  • on April 9, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    yeah if indians are large hearted why dont they let pakistan to play in IPL ? rather then may be its more politics into cricket these days then only sport. time to seperate sports from polictics.

  • on April 9, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    for everybody who thinks that money is the factor for playing in the ipl,let me make one thing clear Pakistan players are professional like every other test playing nation and they are payed beyond ur thoughts .ipl is not the main source of income for them if u understand my point.

  • omairhr on April 9, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Afridi did not say anything about Indians in general. He said Indian media thrives of sensationalism and many Indians would agree with me that the Indian TV channels exaggerate minuscule things to huge proportions. We can see from the comments here the arrogance of some Indians. Only a few years of good luck and you guys are acting like gods and then complain about OZ arrogance!!! Specifically denying players from one country without any basis is arrogance at its height and would likely result in a harder fall.

    About IPL, well, if they don't want Pakistani players, good for them and Pakistani cricket I guess. We need to get our house in order first!

  • on April 9, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    M a Pakistani but will have to agree with all indians... Its the money which is bothering Afridii... Shame on u ....

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    I LOVE YOU AFRIDI :] AND I SO DAMN AGREE WITH YOU and also with Sagar Vaidya :]

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I never watch IPL these days coz there r no pakistani players... i watched only IPL1.. so sad

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    why dont ppl just be honest and say the money is the real attraction?! 'improve relations between india and pakistan' my foot!

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Now since money is involved, you want to play with not so LARGE HEARTED PEOPLE.. India still remembers your comments after you lost the World Cup Semi Final..

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    sorry we dont need them... its good enough without them

  • on April 9, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    yes ipl will be more interesting if pakistan playes gets the chance to play in ipl

  • jagadesh97 on April 9, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Better to avoid Pakistani's not only IPL in all form of game. i know every one will say game is a game u have to see like a game........ But the real thing is that when every the pakistani is there definitely they will create some problem. If the things are going their way they will jump up to sky and treat others as very low. if the things are not going their way they will say irrelevant reason (best example same afridi's semi final statement in india and pakistan statement version-I &II who knows he change some alteration in version for this reason.).

  • on April 9, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    someone have already said it, why bring political difference into a sport? but it sounded so good that i had to say again. developed sport, not tension. grow love not hatred. peace out

  • ushakoor on April 9, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @ Arbaz: "I am not saying I want to play the IPL but it could be a great platform for youngsters. They could make a mark for themselves," Afridi said.

  • IC_M on April 9, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Look who is talking......................................................

  • Sachin_Cricket_God on April 9, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Afridi says "IPL can be a platform to further ease the tension" but why can't he himself take a step to ease the tension else than talking nonsense stuff like"Indians can't have heart like Pakistanis"... will that statement help easing tension?

  • vakeel on April 9, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    IPL will be more entertaining and intresting if pakistan players in. All the world needs pakistan palyers to be part of IPL. One thing for Pakistan selector: See IMRAN NAZIR worth there....

  • on April 9, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    i am sure he is eyeing the tremendous money ipl has to offer. and without pakistani player IPL is still a hit in india, i am sure, it can run without them

  • rajeev103 on April 9, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    The risk taking attitude of the pakistani's.Is there no one to see the brilliance in attempting the risk shots.Hail the man.Hail Afridi.

    Brilliance will surely find its way out.Long Live , Afridi.. The king of sixes .....

  • on April 9, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Pakistani players should not be a part of IPL because they don't deserve it. I am pakistani too and I know Pakistani players want to play IPL not because of cricket or relationship with india but Money$$$. Pakistan should be ashamed of their performance in semi final instead of feeling proud!!! There is absolutely no point to support them,Pkayers need to be punished!!

  • on April 9, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Honestly speaking, I personally really don't want them to go. As Indians said before its their home league. Let them play their home league in their home, shouldn't we be concentrating on something of our own brand ?

    Why the men in GREEN wanted to get painted in BLUE?

  • VijayRavee on April 9, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Afridi Bhai - We Indian's love to see you all again !! Good Luck !! - CRICKET LOVER

  • on April 9, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    ipl widout pakistani players iz very boring

  • sysubrceq0 on April 8, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @theekshana - it's not politics, its pure business... Think about franchise owners who buy Pakistani players with all their $9 Mi. Cap and before tournament if anything happenned to the relation between IND-Pak then Pakistani government will not send Pak players to play IPL (Eg: IPL2), then Franchise owners will be the losers who could have buy another less talented (might be) but riskless Foriegn player. Best example lookt at todays CSK vs KKR match, stupid SRK bought only 5 Foriegn players and everyone knows that Aus is visiting BAN this month and not available and they played only 2 Foriegn players instead of 4. Business point of view, its high risk to buy pakistani cricketers and also they are very less commited as we saw Afridi in DC in IPL1. Brainless guy... only Razzak, Tanvir are good and commitment players..remaining are just play for money..

  • maddy20 on April 8, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    After the comments you made against Indians and Indian media on reaching Pakistan saying "They are not large hearted" etc., Do not expect the Pakistanis to play IPL anytime soon.

  • on April 8, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Yeah y not, U r welcome to play IPL !! What we want is friendship between the 2 countries and if that happens we have lots more to achieve !!

  • on_the_level on April 8, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Not too long ago, the Pakistanis were bad-mouthing the IPL, Afridi included, and now he wants Pakistni players to be allowed in. Notwithstanding that, however, franchise owners will not want players who are doubtful of fulfilling their commitments to the team. With the Pakistan govt and the PCB blowing hot and cold on the issue of permits for the players, this non-inclusion looks set to continue for a while.

  • Jeet.Singh on April 8, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    need pakistani players to develop IPL??? dont think so, what part of the earth you living on. India and Indian Premier League doesnt need any pakistani player to develop or participate IPL, yes they could play, but there absence doesnt break IPL or there presence make IPL, far from it.

  • Salmanned on April 8, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Come on man! This nation will provide you as much money as you want but please don't beg for the place in IPL. Pakistan should conduct its own league and we can play our domestic season with the domestic teams of Bangladesh, Srilanka, Newzealand and Ireland. Believe me they will equally benefit the younger players. We must also focus on more 'A' team tours to test our upcoming players.

  • on April 8, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Sorry, Our fellow Pakistanis are virtually begging for the IPL; i think we as nation used to live on other people's money and efforts; sometimes we look toward USA, sometime to China and now India. Can we not develop our self to a point when other should invite us instead we running toward them only to face rejection.

  • thebrownie on April 8, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    I don't give two hoots about the IPL, but have some pride Afridi!

  • MR.MANAS on April 8, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    It would be better if Pakistani players are be a part of IPL- 4 ...i think they will added more bewitching ...we missed them ........

  • on April 8, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Money is talking here. Have some respect for your country. Begging india all the time will not solve your problems. Self repect is the key.

  • on April 8, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Reality check: Isn't this the dude who said relations could never be improved just a few days ago? Now he wants to improve relations? Wow!

  • on April 8, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    I admire Shahid as a cricketer but as a person he is nothing exemplary for anyone. He must be joking! of course he wants to rake in, in the IPL. Whether IPL improves the relation between both countries or not but Shahid's stayinga way from stary remarks on TV definitely will.

  • Rakim on April 8, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    And he is right. Pak has great T20 cricketers.

    But I don't think they will ever allow Pak players to play in IPL.

    Cuz, IPL=Money making league, they will never take any decision which might stop cash-flow,

    if you know what I mean...

  • Arbaz on April 8, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    I though you were complaining about fatigue Mr Afridi? not wanting to tour WI initially.

  • on April 8, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    If IPL doesn't want Pakistani players, why don't the Pakistani players start a parallel league PPL?

  • HonestIndia on April 8, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    @SaudSami:are you kidding or trying to pull a joke?

  • Crazy4cricket40 on April 8, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    For sure, they should be incluided, Paksitani palyer will chagne the excitement of IPL all together. specially afridi,razzaq, umar akmal and gul. Afridi is right it will also ease the pressure between two countries. they shud play more often

  • on April 8, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    I am just amazed at how quickly Afridi changes his stance. Unfortunately with the comments this past week, he has made the chances almost nil for Pakistani players.

  • rath12345 on April 8, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    what happend to you afridi now two years before you were saying that ipl will be a flope with out pakistani players and now you are begging for an opportunity.stick to your words man rather than changing it all the time like an opportunist

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    This, after saying that Indians don't have big hearts.

    Why so keen to play in a country where people neither have big nor pure hearts Afridi?

    After your comments, I have no desire to see you play in India, no matter what you bring to the IPL.

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    It is a shame that the Pakistanis are not part of the IPL. As an Indian I love that my country is holding this huge T-20 cricketing thrill with excited local players and quality players from all over the cricketing world. However, there is a piece of this high explosive trill missing and this is due to the exclusion of the talented Pakistani players. I know of a lot of my Indian colleagues who would second this great cricketer Shahid Afridi's plea for his countryman's inclusion. To the IPL organizers…please do figure a way to get them on board if not for this season at least for the next IPL. No room for political crap. This is CRICKET a gentleman's game!

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    But how, I thought we did not have big hearts Mr. Afridi?

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    @SaudSami: IPL has not lost anything without pakistan players

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    We would be happy too. But it so happens that our small hearts are completely occupied and there is no space left for our loving neighbors. Sorry dude, no vacancy. Better luck next time :)

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    yeahh i agree with afridi, pakistani players will add more life to IPL that will also help pakistan cricket and will revive their cricket in better way and on top of that if everybody else is raking money why not our pakistani fellas be given chance.

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    of course Pakistani players should be in the IPL the tournament will truly suffer without them

  • on April 8, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Right said to afridi :.......A great platform for youngsters. My opinion is pakistan included in IPL as soon as possible.

  • sysubrceq0 on April 8, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    @Samin rahman -- what do you mean by WE NEED PAKISTAN PLAYERS TO DEVELOP IPL? Do you think IPL not developed, From 8 Franchises to 10 and $5 Mi. cap to $9 Mi. cap. last two seasons of IPL came good without Pakistan players, it doesn't matter if pakistan player play or not... IPL is already developed

  • on April 8, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    even from a cricketing perspective, people like Gul, Hafeez, not to forget Afridi himself will surely add a lot to the quality of the cricket in the league.

  • jugadu on April 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    But we Indians dont have 'pre hearts', as you said last week remember ? Do you still want to play IPL with us ?

  • callinonu on April 8, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I'm all for letting any player from any country in. However, I find it strange that someone go back to their country and tell the world that the indians don't have a good heart and that the relations would never get better because of that. Why don't you grow up first. And don't give tell me that he was forced to say those things. Then the point of improving relations should never be discussed.

  • on April 8, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Its a sad fact that they denied Cricket to certain people on account of their geographical location, even though those people have a good record of success stories they have made on field. This kills the very spirit of Cricket, or of any sports in that matter. I hope they realize it soon.

  • eccentricHoz on April 8, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    About time Afridi matures a bit .. seriously .. this guy went on a rant against India two days back and now has suddenly developed a soft corner for them .. cant trust a single word he utters .. obviously he has been reprimanded or summoned off the record by someone from PCB ..

  • Pandeyjii on April 8, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    just two days back he was cursing Indians

    . . . and now, all this love for India.

    Hey! everybody can see the Power of Money (that IPL brings in).

  • on April 8, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Afridi, Indians are not large hearted as you said..All of you stay there and watch on tv..;)

  • on April 8, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Afridi is being great ambassador of Pakistani and is trying hard to improve indo-pak relationship....

  • 8easekid on April 8, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Pakistani players should be allowed in the IPL. Come on people keep sports away from all the politics and hatred. Cricket unites. Getting the Pakistani players in the IPL would only bring up the level of the game and make it more enjoyable. IPL should have representation from all cricketing nations. It will go a long way in bringing the sport to the rest of the world.

  • Jeetender on April 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Dhoni after winning the World cup also didnt gave so many interviews... and shahid afridi after loosing also want to stay in lime light...

  • the-rao-ster on April 8, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Wasnt he the one who bashed India and Indians after world cup loss. Saying how Indians will never be large hearted as Pakistanis. He was right. We are not learge hearted enough to have you included in IPL. So if it is all that great on the other side of the border, why beg for IPL inclusion. Read it again it is INDIAN premier league.

  • MrFahd on April 8, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Let it be the Indian Cricket League and they're going to die envying this league and watch themselves only!! haha

  • shawnsundar on April 8, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Won't happen at all, we do have Pakistani coaches though lol

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Shahid; You better apologize to India for your irresponsible comments couple of days ago. Whether you or your team mates will play in IPL is up to the owners to decide. But for the fans of Indian Cricket (1.2 Billion and growing), you must know your -ve comments about INDIA would not help your cause.

  • rocky on April 8, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Didn't this guy complain a couple of days back that Indians were not as large hearted as Pakistanis ,so why does he want to come and play in India now.For the world cup I was in favor of the Pakistan playing in India,but for a domestic tournament like IPL it would be best 'n most accommodating to various groups 'n sentiments in India if Pakistani players were left out.

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Dude, After making such comments against the Indian team and its people, do you really think we are going to allow you to play int he IPL ? Too late buddy.

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    This explains all his previous comments to TV channels.

  • vparisa on April 8, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    IPL handled itself very well over the last two years without Pakistan players..Infact it became bigger.But i would love to see them included as they are highly skilled and know their craft

  • Jarr30 on April 8, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Great!! After talking trash about Indian people and the media, now he wants to play in IPL. Who cares what you think man. IPL is better off without pakistani crickters.Whenever IPL starts these pakistani players beg to include them. does anybody even care?

  • VasuRaj99 on April 8, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Really Afridi!!! you want to improve relations with India but I thought you have the good habit of taking behind the back. Just last week you said after losing the world cup match that "Indians are not so broad minded like Pakistanis" and you want to improve the relations. That's so nice of you. If you want to provide opportunities you should start PPL and not depend on IPL. Double tongue doesnt help Afridi.

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    BTW, does Ijaz butt thinks the same way as Afridi? He was very dismissive of IPL after IPL excluded Pakistani players!! What does he think now? Is he ready to apologize?

  • Mark_Lev on April 8, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Look at him..he makes some freaky comments couple of days back, creates havoc in media and now is annoyed of not getting a chance in IPL. Great going Shahid.

  • Cricketfanextreme on April 8, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I think IPL should remain the way it is. After all according to Afridi "Indians are not large hearted as his fellow pakistani's" IPL should not pay their bills.

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    afridi becoming famous 4 U turn . there is no wonder if he change his words .

  • landl47 on April 8, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Not being in the IPL might be the best thing that could happen to the young Pakistan players. They'll be able to learn to play proper cricket instead of cross-batted wipes at every ball.

  • whiskey_dosa on April 8, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Happy that IPL is expanding. Glad to see a Dutchman playing and also Shakib who is a brilliant all rounder. .

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Guys..! You will develop IPL ?. This is the biggest joke of this century..!

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Gotta love this guy -

    - 1st IPL season - we love IPL - 2nd season IPL - we dont care about IPL, who wants to be part of it anyway - Post Semi-final - hey lets be friends - Post WC11 - in Pakistan (Part 1) - dont hate Indians - Post WC11 - in Pakistan (Part 2) - we can never be friends, Indians dont have big hearts - Post WC11 - in Pakistan (Part 3) - never said part 2, it was my clone - Now - Lets be friends, I want to play IPL

    Afridi to me sounds more like a politician than a cricketer

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    I would love to have PPL(Pakistan Premier League)

  • bshyamm on April 8, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    "I am not saying I want to play the IPL .... - Come on! Seriously?

  • srrik on April 8, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    i think he's a bit short of money.....first he says Indians are not open hearted and now he's pleading to get into ipl.....is that what u call open heartedness in pak??

  • sk-cricaddict on April 8, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    i wud love to c pak bowlers on display at the ipl

  • on April 8, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    We are the unpredictables.......we dont need dis ipl blockbusters to show how cool we are..

  • TheGuruji on April 8, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Afridi must realize that the players are hired by IPL team owners, who are individuals or corporations and not by the BCCI or the Indian Government. As any sensible entity would do, the owners of the teams will not want invest on high-risk, low-yield cricketers. As a team owner, you would not want to invest on something for which returns are not guaranteed. You never know if the Pak players would get visas, or even if they get visas, Ijaz Butt may suddenly wake up and ask the Pak players not to participate! Why would anyone take such risks, when there are other means?

  • on April 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    It's a pity the IPL does'nt have players from the best T20 side in the world.

  • hassan_niazi on April 8, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @ stevedd & @ Parthiban Mohanasundaram : you said it yourself,indians are not large hearted.you are actually very narrow minded.if you seriously want a so called healthy competition then why wasim akram,aleem dar and asad rauf are there.i tell you,wasim is there to coach your bowlers,aleem dar and asad rauf there because india dont have any umpire worth of umpiring any match.

  • Tatom on April 8, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    I think not a single captain... not a single team had shown this performance if they were under such presure scandals etc. etc.. .see the indian teams in 1990s, south africa in 2000 when crojney was scrolled or west indian in 1990s till now when they didnt got n e chance to unite... but this man untied the team and bring them from down to top most team of worl... luv this guy....

  • afaaz on April 8, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    afridi you r de best captain after imran khan.... love u..........!!!!!!!!!!! keep it up n win d series against west indies and zimbabwe

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    No need to join IPL. Only thing motivating for the players is the money and not the T20 exposure. IPL has not improved standards whatsoever. Just wait till the Tests and ODI resume than you can pitch for the money league.

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Just after Pakistan's defeat at the hands of India ,Afridi spoke plenty of negative things about India,its people,its media and what not to the Pakistani press and that after enjoying the Indian hospitality during the World Cup. Can Afridi explain his sudden change in attitude towards the Indian people or is it that he and his colleagues are repenting for not being able to cash in on the IPL millions? How can he forget the comments he made less than a fortnight ago?

  • Lahori_Munde on April 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is a sad case. The comments he made last week against India, "It is a very difficult thing for us to live together or to have a long-term relationship with India. If I speak truthfully, they just can't have the kind of heart a Muslim has or a Pakistani has.". AFter such foolish behaviour, I really doubted Afridi and his players have any chance in playing IPL. And I can't really blame Indians for not allowing him to play in their league..

  • Camine on April 8, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Oh dude.. you are not that large hearted to talk about young pakistani palyers.. you are talking about big bucks that you are missing on and your friends from Indian team are earning!! And the fact that all previos IPLs were hugely successfull tells that we dont miss any of you at all.. so enjoy your WI tour!

  • Tatom on April 8, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    I think not a single captain... not a single team had shown this performance if they were under such presure scandals etc. etc.. .see the indian teams in 1990s, south africa in 2000 when crojney was scrolled or west indian in 1990s till now when they didnt got n e chance to unite... but this man untied the team and bring them from down to top most team of worl... luv this guy....

  • intcamd on April 8, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Does this guy understand the concept of irony?

    First he says only Muslims in Pakistan have large hearts, and that they can not live peacefully with the Indians. Then he says he was mis-quoted? How, when he is there to see on tape? Now he wants to be in the IPL?

    This would so funny, if it was also not so stupid..

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Afridi its impossible they are jealous from us thats y .....we are happy without IPL

  • pakspin on April 8, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    IPL is a joke without the best t20 players in the game participating.

  • Nabi007 on April 8, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    As i am not Indian or Pakistani i am feeling that there is a problem in thinking of people Cricket is a sport and we should support it. This is time for India now india is cloud in the sky as before them Australian were the clouds every team will be in action i am sure after a year or two Indian will not be that much confident. So i personally feel its all about Luck Dhoni is my Favourite he is a great personality but he is not better then Ricky Ponting we can see Ponting these days.

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    we need pakistani players to develop ipl

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I dont know why Afridi & Co want to play in IPL when he has already said Indians are not as good as Pakistanis!! But as Afridi says we are not that big hearted... we were during the semi final but Mr Afridi & Co lost all the goodwill with his stupid comments.

  • bonaku on April 8, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Well my memory is not that good.. but there should be a strong reason for this.

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Afridi is one confused personality. He shows an effect of sour grapes but at the same time he openly displays his desire for the grapes. He has to choose one side to stay on.

  • Ali.Khan85 on April 8, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Everybody knows Pakistanis are the best T20 players in the world as is evident from their record in T20s and T20 world cup ... The decision to exclude Pakistanis from IPL is only political..Pakistani players will be back by next year if things keep on improving... Oh and by excluding Pakistanis from IPL, they have lost the viewership of a 180 million cricket lovers in Pakistan... I only watched the first edition. Also, they have included more teams into it, making it an overdose of T20 domestic T20 cricket

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    We Pakistani's do not need IPL..we are better off..even without participating in this circus our performance is better off T20's. Afridi thanks for the suggestion but we donot want to be part of this circus.

  • SudheerGollapudi on April 8, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Afridi is making sense in what ever he is speaking these days,be it what he said about the India vs Pakistan Semi final or his words now.I want to see the likes of Afridi,Razaq,Umar Gul and Umar akmal in various IPL teams.It would be good cricket all around.

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    For Gods sake, is it still about that? Give the man a break.Fine, don't admit him in the IPL, but atleast stop proving Afridi right with all your comments. Plus, he was tired and he was being egged on by that stupid reporter. I agree he should have been more careful at choosing his words, but recklessness is what makes Afridi Afridi right? As a Pakistani, I would like to apologize to all the Indians for Afridi's comments. I know its not enough. But please just lets give it a rest? Please?

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Very true, Pakistan players should be given a chance, they can bring value to the tournament. Cricket is a game, why bring political differences into the game?

  • super-innocent on April 8, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    the IPL would be more entertaining f the pakistanis were in it. its kinda boring without them

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    I LOVE PAKISTAN AND AFRIDI

  • sliceanddice on April 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Sports and politics should never be allowed to play on the same platform. If there's a player who can contribute to any IPL team, from anywhere in the world, he deserves to be allowed to play if selected, irrespective of his nationality. It makes the IPL better and helps make a statement against those against peace and harmony. I am and Indian, a cricket lover, and have seen too much unrest between the two countries for my own good and cricket's good. Time to change things. And Afridi's suggestions is a good start.

  • Farazqadri on April 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    :) it makes me smile to see how much hatred and jealousy BCCI has towards Pakistan , and at the same time its so fascinating that Pakistani player who are left alone and corned always bounce back and show the world how talented they are... 2009 no one took us in IPL and we won the t20 world cup. 2010 our 3 players were trapped and mind you 3 main player, the back bone actually, but we ended up playing semi final. looking in eye to to eye with BCCI :) We will bounce back from places no one would ever dare to !!!! long hail the King. Long hail our Captain Shahid Afridi!!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    No need to for Pakistani Talent to go and play the third rate IPL. We do not want to be near that third rate league.

  • on April 8, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Afridi you rockkkkkkkkkk!!!! You just tell it like it is ..... if they had big hearts they would call the Pakistani players with open arms!

  • cricpolitics on April 8, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan have done well without playing IPL. Who cares about a stage drama when there is enough international cricket going on now a days.

  • on April 8, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @saudsami ya i totally agree wd u

  • WishFriend on April 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    All dears cricket fans, its really hard to read comments about eachother. there have surely been lots problems, related stability among these two countries. but show world indians have great heart to welcome those who think indians dont have big heart. I think world knows how indians welcome people to india. we dont hate anyone. but people should think before they pass any comments about this nation. you r again welcome with ur all faults and miss comments, but u really want to play in india, respect indians first. yes there can be some wrong comments made by media, but all india is full of love, cricket lovers, big heart people. Our Minister have shown you how big our heart are, by telling we still can play in our country. What else u need. If love indians, indians love u more, but .................... do mind ur comments about all nation. This nation knows how to love. learn more about us dear. thanks

  • on April 8, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    What the heck Afridi? We don't even need a crappy league like IPL.

  • sams235 on April 8, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @saudsami: funny comment, IPL has been great without any Pakistani players. We are fine keeping it that way.

  • SKKhan on April 8, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Disrespectful Afridi, very disrespectful, how much more you need to grow up before you realize that Pakistanis are not welcome in the IPL. Rather than IPL it be better to send a team to CL and that's about it.

  • TeluguAbbai on April 8, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Would definitely improve relations between him and his bank account if they let him in. The fact that it would improve relations between the younger Pak players and THEIR bank accounts is just collateral damage for Ambassador Afridi.

    Letting him in, would actually damage the relations based on last week's experience. So, no thank you.

  • on April 8, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    first IPL was the most famous of all three seasons, everyone knows that..... and u r right brother u can't b large hearted as pakistanis, ur words r also telling this, Afridi is large hearted that's y he said that...... n let me remind u one thing that Afridi is the leading wicket taker of this world cup equal with ur strike bowler Zaheer khan..... Boom Boom Afridi Rocks!

  • Hammad.Dagra on April 8, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    We all love him and we are very proud of him. ........(Period).

  • on April 8, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    well,... IPL won't fail because of the absence of Pakistan players...but I would like to see them playing IPL, because it is not good to isolate some cricketers, just because that they are from Pakistan.... also tension between India and Pakistan has nothing to do with cricket......

  • Saramcha on April 8, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    I thought you said that indians and our media are very negative and not big hearted as you are, but you still want to play. I should say that you really do have a heart for big money..

  • dmqi on April 8, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Razzaaque was sought by Kolkata last time, he might get an invitation from an IPL teams as Afridi dumped him from his own Pak Test and One day team. Umar Akaml and few bowlers should get chance, but no place for Afridi for sure.

  • poolcricket on April 8, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Sorry Afridi, your wish will be never granted because we Indians are not big hearted as you said after returning to Paksitan after WC. You want to play in India, take money from Indian people, and then go back to Pakistan and say "Indians are not big hearted". I am proud of the IPL team owners and BCCI for their decision.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 8, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    ha ha ha, they same people told earlier that they will never play in IPL again. LOL

  • seebeekay on April 8, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    There is no cricketing rationale for keeping the Pakistanis out of the IPL. However, Afridi's strategy seems strange. He was a good guest and said all the right things before the SF. Goes back home and after a day has a change of heart and goes on a rant about Indian media and Indians in general. 2 days later he wants to be invited to participate in the IPL. I am not sure that is a very sane. Given the lack of basic common sense Pakistan should be shopping for a more sensible captain.

  • AmarjitSingh on April 8, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Dont you just love these guys - one minute they say IPL and India and Indians are rubbish and the next minute they want to take part. Why dont they understand that the IPL is a commercial and private entity and its up to the teams / owners whom they want to pick.

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I am not Indian nor Pakistani, but i am Hindu.t I think Including Pakistani players would have been great start to strengthen diplomatic ties. Peace is the answer to most of the problems the world face today, and we should respect one another for who and what we are.

  • MyComments on April 8, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I support Afridi, IPL must allow Pakistani player to play. They have so much to offer and probably at this time undisputedly the most talented side in the world cricketing nations. Remove any three star players from any side and see if they can make it to semi final of world cup. For example just remove one player from each side, for example Zaheer Khan from India, TG Southee from New Zealand, or SL Malinga from Sri Lanka and they will not make it to Semifinal. I think Amer was much better then these there.

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is all about entertainment and so is IPL....I enjoyed the first season very much..........................................................................................IPL with out Pakistan is like a hot curry without spices

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I support Afridi's point to improve the relations between the two countries but it is the politicians from both the countries who will never work to build a healthy neighboring relationship. Because showing animosity against each other is one of their big selling point to win in elections! I think the relationship between the player of these two countries are more or less OK but they are the puppets of the politicians and to some extent, their Cricket Boards.

    On the other hand, this IPL is ruining the cricket in the long run! We will see more injuries to payers, their cricketing life will be shortened, we will see more mercenary players (Andrew Flintoff)! This is simply a 3 and half hours Tamasha! The big business persons are making more bucks by selling the noble game of cricket a 'commodity'! One the other hand ICC is too greedy as well and does not care to protect the game from imminent disaster! What a shame!

    So, Afridi, it is better not to join this nonsense IPL!

  • Vindaliew on April 8, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I thought they were included, just that the franchises made a commercial decision to not sign them up? It must be very painful, for Afridi in particular, so have all that talent and miss out on the biggest paying tournament which he is practically made for. I don't believe anyone should be shut out of the IPL by India (if their own countries refuse to grant visas then that's a different story), but you can't force people to sign you up if they find other people more attractive.

  • daffodils on April 8, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    posted by Jayakrishnan

    I love to see pakistani players in the IPL.Afridi,you need not wait more,i hope

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Great indeed, I strongly suggest that Pakistan players should be included in the IPL so as to improve diplomatic relations which will gain both politically and econimically

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    He definitely needs rest.. I think that he has lost his marbles..

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    "I am not saying I want to play the IPL but it could be a great platform for youngsters. They could make a mark for themselves," ...Clearly shows how desperate he is to earn money..Dear Afridi..One day you insult Indians and the Indian media in Pakistan saying we are heartless..The Indian media is irresponsible..Next day, you want them to let you play in India...Better get going..No place for you in India..You look frustrated at your loss against India and that India went to lift the trophy...Try hands at your own league..which won't attract anybody..

  • chronike on April 8, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    even if we pakistanis are included, its a question of for how long.. god forbid should there be any political tensions once again, and out we go.

  • amoghd on April 8, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    pakistan players did not want to play in the second season due to security concerns about India, when the teams got frozen, before the event was shifted to South Africa. Further, they did not find any bidders for season 3. Conspiracy theories aside, IPL is a commercial affair and the single biggest risk that businesses seek to avoid is political risk. Given the volatile nature of India Pak relations, teams are very likely to stay away from Pak players irrespective of availability.

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Pakistan has got the world's best players. Everyone knows that. Its just a low time, like it was a low time for India in the early 1990s, we have our ways to perform, and we will InshaALLAH.

  • RomeoNY on April 8, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    No thanks Mr. Afridi, we are fine without you guys!

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    what is wrong with pakistan in ipl can you give us a chance

  • candyfloss on April 8, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    We will only allow former pakistan player ALU,thats it.

  • gfthgh on April 8, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Packstan players shold be included. beause there are now 10 team so most of the team does not got good forgin players availble for the ipl.so it will help.And also no of forgin plyer shold be incresed to 5.And maximum 12 games for legue stages for a player (not for domestic plyers they can play any much ) it will solve ipl burn out of player.

  • 2011_World_Cup on April 8, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Afridi..dude..please decide whether politics and cricket should be mixed or not. you can changing your stance (pun not intended) as you feel like..

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    HAHAH No offenses.. either he really meant it or may be money is the factor.

    1. If he meant then y fews days back indian were small hearted blw blw .. 2. Money.. seems very likely

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Dear Afridi, Pretty soon the codemasters will release a PS3/Xbox version of IPL, you can play that sitting at your home. Come on dude get a life, your statements each and every day are ridiculous, one day you use all the umimaginable words to strain the relations and the next day you want to come here and play for money. You are making a fool of yourself.. don't know about other pak players but I am sure no franchisee will be interested in you after your infamous "Large-Hearted" comments. Thanks but no thanks, stay wherever you are!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I think Afridi has gone nuts post their semi final debacle....

  • fwd079 on April 8, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    There's always Australian and English T20's if you want to. :-)

  • on April 8, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Hey guys

    After having great semi final Between India vs Pakistan Pakistani players should play in IPL matches. That will build great relationship between these two countries

  • SR84 on April 8, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    In three additions of the T20 world cup Pakistan have been one time champion, one time runner up and one time semifinalists. The players deserve more respect. PCB should arrange contracts with alternative tournaments such as the 'Big Bash' if India is unwilling to host Pakistani players.

  • bheekuchatri on April 8, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    The best way to move forward is to pick pakistani players for IPL... it will improve their outlook of life and cricket as well... they will hopefully learn a thing or two from India.

  • Chaitu_236 on April 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @SaudSami Good Joke..!! hahaha

  • Mansoor_Khalfey on April 8, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    No My Dear Mr.Afridi we Indians according to you are small hearted people right, so how can we allow you big hearted Pakistanis into the IPL, it is after all the INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, get it INDIAN. so it is better that you go to the WI and play both your home and away matches. A Proud Indian (Muslim, non-Muslim dont matter here)

  • Keralite10 on April 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    The only thing that will happen if Pakistan players play in IPL is that they will make lots of money, it will not improve any relationship between the countries. Relationships between these two countries will not improve if PM visits India to watch a match..........it needs some more effort than that.............

  • aditya_bkk on April 8, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    well I think Afridi is right but the IPL owners can't take any decision on this. Only BCCI or indian PM can make it happen. I am confident that even indian players would love to play together with pakistanis. Lests wait and watch the IPL 2012 edition, may be we see lots of pakistani players as well.

  • NomiJ on April 8, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    IPL is missing on 160 million+ viewers and believe me I would start following IPL if there would be some players from Pakistan. I dont mean to say this is my only condition to watch IPL, but it would be nice to see a couple of familiar faces in IPL. Plus Pakistan is #1 T20 team, so Pak players come natural to IPL T20 format.

  • agam99 on April 8, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Lolz...sorry Mr Afridi...we Indians have small heart (as per your statement) so we can't and won't allow u back in IPL.

  • on April 8, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    ohhh....somebody wants to play in the country who have small heart....sudden change of thinking Mr. Afridi? :)

  • raopreetam on April 8, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Hmmmm, Afridi, may be you should have watched your comments when you said " we indians dont have huge hearts" & i also believe that you said the relations can never be better between the two countries. N now i wonder why you wanna play IPL " HAHAHAHA_ MONEY is all that matters at the end of the day"

  • on April 8, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Childish behavior of the BCCI!

    GROW UP!

  • on April 8, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    No we dont need Afridi....after your derogatory comments on Indian Team....you can sit on your couch in whereever in pakistan and watch d match!!!!!you deserves it!!!

  • RKaran on April 8, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Is there a bigger hypocrite than Afridi? After the comments he just made, he shouldn't even be talking about cricket let alone asking to be back in the IPL.

  • AjitNarayan on April 8, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Politics does not deserve sport.

  • vakeel on April 8, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Yes, Inclusion of Pakistan team in IPL will have more interesting/entertaining to watch. For this format this team is the best in the world. One more thing to pakistan selector... See IMRAN NAZIR value here if IPL allows pakistan palyers.

  • on April 8, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Relax Afridi, we don't need IPL, it'll only ruin our priceless young talent ;)

  • on April 8, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Ultimately you want to earn money. :)

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    yes....nt only pakistan other nations players associate nations players should be grabbed into ipl....therfore creates more teams and good competition..

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Sorry we are not big hearted!!

  • SaudSami on April 8, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Without Pakistani players IPL is the real loser. Dont worry Afridi, they will admit it soon.

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Y do Pakistani players want to play in IPL, bcoz they seem to be doin better than the Indians in ICC World T20...without playin in IPL.

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Afridi what nonsense,why r u begging,u start a pakistan premier leauge,if people refuse to come to pak engage your own players and retaired players from here and there and start like kapil dev.take advice from him also .

  • mehul_shroff on April 8, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Just a couple of days back Afridi had told the media persons that Indians dont have a huge heart etc etc... and now he wants to be a part of IPL... Sorry Mr.Afridi, I am your fan but your comments have hurt the Indian in me and i dont see the Pakistani players getting a chance in any of the subsequent IPLs too...

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Sorry we are not big hearted :P

  • CFDanalysis on April 8, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Afridi should join politics, The statement got changed within a week time after interview with pakistan tv channel. We dont have big heart guys dont play in IPL

  • sabres_1212 on April 8, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Afridi - not after your recent divisive and derisive comments about Pakistani and Indian hearts.

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    the ipl misses gul, afridi and razzaq. They could add soem talent rather than second rate aussies

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    hahaha...........we dont need any pakistani player in IPL .....sorry dude.......start ur own ppl......

  • on April 8, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    I love this guy ! I love him !!!!!!!!!!!

  • DarkNite108 on April 8, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    After your comments about Indians, do you really think we would welcome you in our IPL?

  • wandshoot on April 8, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Hey But you know Afridi We Indians haven't got a big heart so stay away from our country.

  • funkykar on April 8, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Its all about the money, isn't it Afridi? Just a couple of days ago, you made bad remarks about media and Indians. Now, the money is luring you to play in India. You are the only man with such a BIG HEART, hats off!

  • Nervewrecker on April 8, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    We don't have big hearts like the Pakistanis. So, you are NOT invited.

  • VSinha29 on April 8, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Nah IPL is good without them. These pakistani players will play in IPL will have a nice time in india and will grab their share of money. Once they go back to Pak they will go on givin interviews that Indians are not large-hearted n all..The IPL is better the way it is now..

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Says a man who on record said that Indians don't have a heart big enough. He should learn to put a lid on his mouth first.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on April 8, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    unfortunately afridi we indians are too small hearted to allow u guys in india for ipl ofcourse u showed ur large heartedness by dropping six catches through butter fingers and its our time to show small heart to allow u in india

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 8, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Definitely agree Pakistan should play in the IPL. So many of the Pakistani players are so good at T20 cricket that we are missing a lot by excluding them. I also feel that IPL teams should allow 6 international players, not 4.

  • bluebillion on April 8, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    He is joking right? Hadnt he said that the relations can never improve? Seriously dude ... get a grip on things. I have nothing against Pakistanis playing in the IPL but I hope Afridi understands that it is highly likely that nobody will give a damn about his utterings and mutterings.

  • ChiragDoshi on April 8, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Afridi, we are not large-hearted enough to do you such favor. thanks.

  • Windia1234 on April 8, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    No need to include Pakistan's players in IPL. Pakistani players are neither world champs in T20 nor in F50. Indian youngsters should get exposure in IPL rather than Pakistani Youngsters. And after Afridi's bad-mouthing of Indians , his countrymen dont deserve any place in IPL. Let Pakistan start a PPL-Pakistani Premier League in Pakistan. Nobody stops them.

  • Q72941 on April 8, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    IPL would only be lot more interesting & richer in cricketing values by including Pakistanis as they were the 3rd Asian team in WC 2011 showing the prominence of South Asian.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    If Afridi really wants an opportunity for both countries to improve relations. How about playing in IPL for free? :) Jokes apart, it will absolutely bring more added excitement to any IPL season.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Now why did i expect this to come up??

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I think Pakistani players need to get in IPL editions to strengthen bonds between countries. and it will be a thriller move to allow a complete team from Pakistan in IPL just like ICL

  • Jp.Vengeance on April 8, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Yes... I strongly agree with Afridi as the Pakistan youg guns should also be given the opportunity to play in IPL as it even further binds the Indo-Pak relations more stronger..:-) It is insane if IPL do not allow pakistan players to take part in the 2011 IPL game.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    I know something else that will help Indo-Pak relations - people like Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi not making communal remarks on TV

  • smartguy786 on April 8, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    WELL SAID AFRIDI, fir the sponsors and media, you are missing a trick by not taking any Pakistani players, as Fans like us would get more interested in the IPL, if we saw as our own players playing in the IPL. Got the point!

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    I agree with Afridi, Pakistan players should play in the IPL which will be great to watch and as said the relationship too counts in.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    i do strongly feel that pak players should be called to play IPL.they have some fine players that will defintely provide a new dimention to the IPL.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    no need to send our players to IPL i am completely against it

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    pak is just fooling us india should not allow any single player to play in ipl

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    if indians are not big hearted then why the hell they want to come and play in india!!!!!!!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    its really good. this can improve their relations.

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Good to see that Afridi is trying something good to the development of relationship between two countries.

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  • on April 8, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Good to see that Afridi is trying something good to the development of relationship between two countries.

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    its really good. this can improve their relations.

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    if indians are not big hearted then why the hell they want to come and play in india!!!!!!!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    pak is just fooling us india should not allow any single player to play in ipl

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    no need to send our players to IPL i am completely against it

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    i do strongly feel that pak players should be called to play IPL.they have some fine players that will defintely provide a new dimention to the IPL.

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    I agree with Afridi, Pakistan players should play in the IPL which will be great to watch and as said the relationship too counts in.

  • smartguy786 on April 8, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    WELL SAID AFRIDI, fir the sponsors and media, you are missing a trick by not taking any Pakistani players, as Fans like us would get more interested in the IPL, if we saw as our own players playing in the IPL. Got the point!

  • on April 8, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    I know something else that will help Indo-Pak relations - people like Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi not making communal remarks on TV

  • Jp.Vengeance on April 8, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Yes... I strongly agree with Afridi as the Pakistan youg guns should also be given the opportunity to play in IPL as it even further binds the Indo-Pak relations more stronger..:-) It is insane if IPL do not allow pakistan players to take part in the 2011 IPL game.