Indian Premier League 2011 April 8, 2011

Allow Pakistan players back into IPL - Afridi

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Trish 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...

  • irfan 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.

  • Ajay 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....

  • khurram 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.

  • Mohammad 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.

  • Ajay 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??

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 7:18 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 6:46 GMT


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