IPL news May 20, 2012

PCB chief invited to IPL final

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI has invited Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf to watch the IPL final to be played in Chennai on May 27. Ashraf confirmed that he received the invitation from the Indian board a few days ago.

"I see the invitation as another positive step forward in further normalising bilateral cricket ties between the two countries," Ashraf said. "The invitation will allow me to undertake a two-day visit to India and I plan to use this visit to have informal discussions with the Indian board officials regarding enhancing chances of restoring bilateral cricket ties."

Recently, the BCCI had announced that it had no objection to the participation of Pakistan T20 title-holders Sialkot Stallions in this year's Champions League Twenty20 tournament, a move welcomed by the PCB.

"We want to play India regularly in bilateral matches and we are willing to talk to them at every level to achieve this," Ashraf said. "I will be speaking to them on this when I go to India."

The PCB had been pushing for the inclusion of a side from Pakistan, the only major Test-playing nation to not have had teams in the CLT20 since its inception. Sialkot were invited to the inaugural edition of the tournament towards the end of 2008, but it was put off after the terror attacks in Mumbai in November that year.

Those attacks strained political relations between India and Pakistan and, subsequently, bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries were severed. Pakistan players - with the exception of Azhar Mahmood (who also has a British passport) this year - have not been a part of the IPL since.

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  • dummy4fb on May 22, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Excellent Step taken by BCCI....This will help to develop cricket relations b/w two big Cricket Loving countries..

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    nice to hear this....#peace

  • riprock on May 21, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Boom Boom Afridi, Umar Akmal, Abdur Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Rana Naved, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir.. I'm an Indian fan..but who said Pakistanis aren't great at T20? Look at that list of players.. They may not be better than the hordes of Australian and South African players..but they certainly have a mix of talented, explosive and street-smart cricketers. Unfortunate not to see them in the IPL but my worry of them playing is seeing them play along Indian players. They're meant to be arch rivals and not friends. The animosity has to remain..

  • torsha on May 21, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Another good step by BCCI. First they allowed Pak team in Champions league T20 and now this. I hope relationships between these two teams will become more strong and instead of enemies, we can be more devastating countries of sub continent.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    what happened to bcci,it's good that bcci invited pcb chairman and die hard cricket fans wants ind-pak series.hope they sort out the issues and it will be great to see both these playing against each other.

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Why in the world the pak fans think that India is desperate to have pak's service for run IPL? IPL is already a grand success in India and elsewhere. If you guys think IPL is a failure, then think of what the condition of PPL would be.

    PPL would not attract any foreign players for two reasons, 1 for security factor and 2 is PCB can't pay much to attract foreigners despite security reasons. PPL can be started for the egoistic reasons but practically it won't be feasible and never will be successful beyond the borders of Pakistan.

    So guys don't crib about IPL's success and preach your prophecy on it's low viewership and never dream that without pak players it won't be running. I know its gonna be burning everywhere for pak fans since their players are left out.

    This is just an invitation to show how grand the event has been and not the idea of BCCI to stop PPL which will be a failure by itself. I am not against pak players participating in IPL, but reply to their egoistic fans.

  • drdani on May 21, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    to my pakistani n indian brothers-keep ur grudges aside pls !! v shud appreciate watever is gud for CRICKET..let d bussinesmen get richer..let d cricketers do wat they r born to do..n let us cheer on every gud ball/fielding/catch/shot...long live cricket !!

  • superstar100 on May 21, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    ipl is the best tournament i ever see. even it is famous all over the world . i hav seen ipl2 in south africa it was awsome hit there

  • Jamesbond007 on May 21, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    IPL is a great entertainment for the Indian Public. Glad to a see a massive improvements in Indian Crickets Stadiums.Lovely to watch......... BUT ...on the other hand its sad that some of the star Players like Malinga, Gayle , Bravo ,SEHWAG, Abdul RAZZAQ (for BPL) RANA NAVEED (BIG BASH BPL) are more committed to these leagues (give their 100%).

  • Bruisers on May 21, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Frankly speaking, IPL doesn't need Pakistani players. There are only about 10 decent T20 players in Pak compared to 25+ in Aus, SA etc. Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Naved, Arafat, Hafeez, Sami, Razzaq and maybe the Akmal brothers... Honestly, apart from the top 3 (Afridi, Ajmal, Gul), they don't have any 'X-FACTOR' players for T20s. Anyhow its not a bad idea to have them in the IPL.

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