IPL 2012 October 9, 2011

Pakistan players' participation in IPL to be discussed - Shukla

ESPNcricinfo staff

The participation of Pakistan players in next year's IPL will come up for discussion during the next IPL governing council meeting on October 14, Rajiv Shukla, the league's chairman, has said. Pakistan players have not taken part in the IPL following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008, and even though 11 of them featured in the auction list for the third edition of the tournament in 2010, none were picked up by the franchises. Some of the franchises put it down to the uncertainty over their availability following a breakdown in diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan.

"This decision has to be taken by the Governing Council. It is not that Pakistan as a country has been banned in IPL," Shukla told PTI. "Their (Pakistani) referees' services have been utilised. Some franchises have taken Pakistani former players as coaches also and supporting staff as well. So it is not that Pakistan as a whole has been banned or something. There is no question of banning anyone."

The final call, however, rested with the franchises, Shukla said. "About Pakistani players, it is purely up to the franchises to decide whether they want to take Pakistani players or not. And we have to keep certain considerations in mind before deciding about it."

With regards to the resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan, Shukla said matters of security and scheduling needed to be resolved before going ahead. He was also not too keen on the idea of playing at a neutral venue. "We have worked together. The question is about the circumstances and certain issues ... in terms of security. Those issues are to be sorted out. Then only, we can think of it.

"At the same time, there is no slot available. If there is slot available, then all these things can be discussed. Everybody wants cricket ties to be revived, to be resumed but slot has to be there to resume the ties.

"Secondly the atmosphere should be congenial because I am of the view that we should play on each others' soil instead of playing at a third venue. There is no point on playing at a third venue."

The termination of the Kochi franchise and the number of teams for the next IPL will also be discussed at the meeting.

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  • Jai on October 12, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Completely agree with 'dadagos11'

  • dj on October 11, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Shuklaji why you are being so generous to pakistani players.. Focus on indian talent and how they can show better performance in internation cricket. After beaten badly by England, it looks like future is dark after trio will retired. Do something for Indian cricket and don't worry about rest of the world.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Pak players should be in ipl.

  • dj on October 10, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    why IPL need Pakistani players.. .. Its true that pakistan clubs should be included in CLT20. IPL should be for local players only.

  • anita on October 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    there is lot of things to be concerned to develop cricket in Indai .. how silly these people have nothing to do ..but just drama after drama... Who cares if pak does not play in India ..... probably IPL is missing match fixing deals which will happen after this meeting

  • Jai on October 10, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Do you know why pakistani players arent playing in the IPL. Hint look at the name. Its the INDIAN Premier League. The BCCI can choose which players can play and which can't. Its their local tournament. Regarding the Champions League though, I am with the rest. Top 2 from most countries should be allowed. I.E. Auckland deserved it more than KKR. And I bet Sialkot would have done well too.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistani players should refuse to play in the IPL forever. bcoz they were treated very badly in 2010 auction. Money is not everything in life. Its not bigger than ur respect and ur country,s respect. So, I will request all the players do not join IPL.

  • Salman on October 10, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Its also a joke to include 4 IPL teams in CL..to bring India a glory?? hahaha. Shame on you. If some else country does this BCCI and Indian fans complains.. that it should be equal ... Its a pity and pathetic.

  • Salman on October 10, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Its a Shame that Best WestIndian players are playing domestic competition rather that playing for their country. IPL lure them to skip playing for their country. If this keep going on Cricket will be finished and it became just a league sport.

  • Salman on October 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    IPL is a joke.. CL is good as it brings domestic players to international arena. IPL teams are not domestic teams they are Corporate teams as it buys international players too strengthen their sides. Indian domestic players should get a chance rather than the big players or international players making money through it.

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