Pakistan's reaction to IPL 2010 January 25, 2010

Pakistan talks of boycotting IPL 2011, Champions League

Cricinfo staff
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Two senior Pakistani officials, sports minister Aijaz Hussain Jahkrani and PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, have ruled out the participation of cricketers from that country in next year's IPL and the Champions League Twenty20 tournament later this year, according to media reports. This, the officials say, is a reaction to the boycott of Pakistani players in the IPL auction.

"We are the World Twenty20 champions, there is a Twenty20 World Cup this year, and they don't want us to win again," Butt was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. "We will definitely not send any players for the IPL next time. Would you after this treatment?

"This is a conspiracy," Butt said. "They probably don't want our players from playing in these competitions.''

The decision puts a question mark over Shahid Afridi's participation in the Twenty20 Champions League tournament, as a member of the South Australia Redbacks side. Though it is a global tournament featuring the best domestic Twenty20 sides in the world, the Champions League is an Indian initiative, with IPL chief Lalit Modi officiating as its chairman.

Asked whether Afridi would be given clearance to play in the Champions League, Jakhrani said, "At the moment, I cannot say. We're looking at this matter." For his part, Champions League commissioner Lalit Modi told Cricinfo it was not an issue at all.

Afridi, currently in Australia with Pakistan's limited-overs side, said he wanted to play in the Champions League but would make his final decision after talking to the minister.

"I think [the boycott] is a fact, it is not my decision. I will speak to the Sports Minister and see what he is saying, and then I will make a decision. I want to play in the Champions League," Afridi said.

Later, in a press release that appeared on PakPassion.net, Afridi clarified that he was keen to move forward from the auction controversy.

"If I was invited to play in India again I would do so happily, they have great fans and great stadiums and I have many friends there," Afridi said. He also mentioned that sport should be used to build peace between the two nations.

Pakistani domestic sides were not part of last year's inaugural Champions League, which featured top teams from the IPL, Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. However, one Pakistani international, Yasir Arafat, did play as part of the Sussex side.

Jakhrani also said that while the IPL and Champions League were off-limits to Pakistan players, they would not boycott tours to India for international matches. "All of this has been designed to isolate us, that is what India wants. We will not be isolated. There is a World Cup in the subcontinent in 2011 to be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. What if we make the final against India? We cannot quit, we will play. I think we should continue playing sports with each other," he said.

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  • bhardwajdeep on January 30, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    To all my dear friends, I think it was entirely the decision of franchisee owners whether to take a particular player or not. In addition to this, there were several reasons behind that too like availability of that player during the tournament (no one can say what would be the condition of relationships between two of us at that point of time). Anyways, we must not take that into account. If Pakistani players are having a look at this in this manner then IPL must ban Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke for not making them available in all of these three editions. Are they trying to make fun of IPl ? No, it is again there own decision. Simple. My friends, please don't take this otherwise. We all love watching you play. You won't believe I haven't been watching Indian team play in Bangladesh but I have been following Pakistan's tour of Australia. And I too was really hurt when Pakistan lost the second test match. Anyways, my message to all of you is be non-biased and enjoy the cricket.

  • IndianinNJ on January 29, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Here we go again. ICC's biggest cry baby... weep weep weep

  • W2NTED on January 27, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    please to all the people especially to the ones they no who they are, firstly pakistan are 20/20 champions, but should have been twice, but you know we handed it on a plate to them, therefore 20/20 exploded in India leading to the creation of IPL, if lost then 20/20 wouldn't in India may have never existed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kalluthe1 on January 27, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Why only 2011? How about all future IPL tournaments ?we don't want no goddamn pakis coming to India anyway.

  • abi_bm on January 27, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    @Redds66 cant agree with u more. The reason i think was probably teams were scared of not getting government clearance for pak players and hence did not want to take the risk of investing money on them and losing; inspite of having players like sohail tanvir. " Indian players are boring no matter how much talent they have. We would all love to watch Saeed Anwar over Tendulkar simply because of style and flair which Indians seriously lack." - This was funny! seriously, u need to get a life!!! " In Pakistan all cable channels will boycott the next IPL and wont braodcast it and we simply dont care to watch it. Now lets see how successful your lame IPL is Lalit!" Irelevant to the argument at hand,and I did not know Pakistan is the only country where IPL is broadcast.some statistics!!!

  • r1zzy on January 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    at all you indian fans who claim that PAK dont deserve to be in the IPL (rohan024), wake up!!!! PAK are world champions, the players are world Champions, India have done what???? Those Indians fans who are disappointed that the PAK players didnt get picked are the proper cricket fans. The true loser in all of this in CRICKET and the CRICKET fans around the world, not you biased, ignorant minority of indians fans. PAK should boycott the IPL next year, but i think its a bag of rubbish anyway

  • reality_check on January 26, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    To my Indian friends highlighting "unnecessary" Pakistani over reaction to IPL snub. Cricket is like a religion in India/Pak hence fans tend to be very emotional and vocal about anything to do with cricket. We all remember how India reacted to events in Sydney with Bucknor calls and Harbajan/Symonds face off so please don't lecture the Pakistanis on over reaction. Having said that, I hope PCB and Pak govt does not shoot themselves in the foot by stretching this protest beyond it's usefull life. You have made your point about this blunder so move on. Recognize the fact that you are not in the strongest position in world cricket i.e. teams are not visiting Pakistan and PCB is next to being broke financially so don't burn your ships forever for this protest.

  • Delhi4848 on January 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    shahrukh khan in the other news said that i wanted to take Abdul Razzaq but the indian govt created such circumstances that we couldnt.the indian govt says we would have issued visas.do they take the public for a fool or what? both are contradicting statements.cricket suffers at the hands of the govt and BCCI mentality.india will suffer in the t20 world cup and blame the IPL for that and not there own money mongerings.its just a vicious circle

  • RiddlerA on January 26, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Agreed the manner of IPL Snub was unwarranted & may have hurt some Pakistani players individually as they lost earning huge amt of money for second year in running. But how is this an insult to Pakistan I don't understand? Also the Over the head statement of PCB Chief that there is a consipiracy to rob Pakistan players of practice ahead of world Cup is ridiculus. What's stopping them to organize matches in pakistan for their players to practice & prepare? Infact the way the world champions are performing in Australia, a hard domestic grind away from the Spotlight is exactly what Pakistani players Need.

  • PirAliRaza on January 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    The Indian home minister has already clearified that the visas would have been issued so boycotting IPL is totally justified but that decision will be made on individual basis. Let me remind you people that the IPL and the Champions League of last year werent even half as entertaining comparing it to the 2008 IPL and you know why? because Sohail Tanvir tore up batting squads left and right. because Shoaib Akhter made a comeback and destroyed batsmen. How exciting was that? Indian players are boring no matter how much talent they have. We would all love to watch Saeed Anwar over Tendulkar simply because of style and flair which Indians seriously lack. In Pakistan all cable channels will boycott the next IPL and wont braodcast it and we simply dont care to watch it. Now lets see how successful your lame IPL is Lalit!

  • bhardwajdeep on January 30, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    To all my dear friends, I think it was entirely the decision of franchisee owners whether to take a particular player or not. In addition to this, there were several reasons behind that too like availability of that player during the tournament (no one can say what would be the condition of relationships between two of us at that point of time). Anyways, we must not take that into account. If Pakistani players are having a look at this in this manner then IPL must ban Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke for not making them available in all of these three editions. Are they trying to make fun of IPl ? No, it is again there own decision. Simple. My friends, please don't take this otherwise. We all love watching you play. You won't believe I haven't been watching Indian team play in Bangladesh but I have been following Pakistan's tour of Australia. And I too was really hurt when Pakistan lost the second test match. Anyways, my message to all of you is be non-biased and enjoy the cricket.

  • IndianinNJ on January 29, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Here we go again. ICC's biggest cry baby... weep weep weep

  • W2NTED on January 27, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    please to all the people especially to the ones they no who they are, firstly pakistan are 20/20 champions, but should have been twice, but you know we handed it on a plate to them, therefore 20/20 exploded in India leading to the creation of IPL, if lost then 20/20 wouldn't in India may have never existed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kalluthe1 on January 27, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Why only 2011? How about all future IPL tournaments ?we don't want no goddamn pakis coming to India anyway.

  • abi_bm on January 27, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    @Redds66 cant agree with u more. The reason i think was probably teams were scared of not getting government clearance for pak players and hence did not want to take the risk of investing money on them and losing; inspite of having players like sohail tanvir. " Indian players are boring no matter how much talent they have. We would all love to watch Saeed Anwar over Tendulkar simply because of style and flair which Indians seriously lack." - This was funny! seriously, u need to get a life!!! " In Pakistan all cable channels will boycott the next IPL and wont braodcast it and we simply dont care to watch it. Now lets see how successful your lame IPL is Lalit!" Irelevant to the argument at hand,and I did not know Pakistan is the only country where IPL is broadcast.some statistics!!!

  • r1zzy on January 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    at all you indian fans who claim that PAK dont deserve to be in the IPL (rohan024), wake up!!!! PAK are world champions, the players are world Champions, India have done what???? Those Indians fans who are disappointed that the PAK players didnt get picked are the proper cricket fans. The true loser in all of this in CRICKET and the CRICKET fans around the world, not you biased, ignorant minority of indians fans. PAK should boycott the IPL next year, but i think its a bag of rubbish anyway

  • reality_check on January 26, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    To my Indian friends highlighting "unnecessary" Pakistani over reaction to IPL snub. Cricket is like a religion in India/Pak hence fans tend to be very emotional and vocal about anything to do with cricket. We all remember how India reacted to events in Sydney with Bucknor calls and Harbajan/Symonds face off so please don't lecture the Pakistanis on over reaction. Having said that, I hope PCB and Pak govt does not shoot themselves in the foot by stretching this protest beyond it's usefull life. You have made your point about this blunder so move on. Recognize the fact that you are not in the strongest position in world cricket i.e. teams are not visiting Pakistan and PCB is next to being broke financially so don't burn your ships forever for this protest.

  • Delhi4848 on January 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    shahrukh khan in the other news said that i wanted to take Abdul Razzaq but the indian govt created such circumstances that we couldnt.the indian govt says we would have issued visas.do they take the public for a fool or what? both are contradicting statements.cricket suffers at the hands of the govt and BCCI mentality.india will suffer in the t20 world cup and blame the IPL for that and not there own money mongerings.its just a vicious circle

  • RiddlerA on January 26, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Agreed the manner of IPL Snub was unwarranted & may have hurt some Pakistani players individually as they lost earning huge amt of money for second year in running. But how is this an insult to Pakistan I don't understand? Also the Over the head statement of PCB Chief that there is a consipiracy to rob Pakistan players of practice ahead of world Cup is ridiculus. What's stopping them to organize matches in pakistan for their players to practice & prepare? Infact the way the world champions are performing in Australia, a hard domestic grind away from the Spotlight is exactly what Pakistani players Need.

  • PirAliRaza on January 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    The Indian home minister has already clearified that the visas would have been issued so boycotting IPL is totally justified but that decision will be made on individual basis. Let me remind you people that the IPL and the Champions League of last year werent even half as entertaining comparing it to the 2008 IPL and you know why? because Sohail Tanvir tore up batting squads left and right. because Shoaib Akhter made a comeback and destroyed batsmen. How exciting was that? Indian players are boring no matter how much talent they have. We would all love to watch Saeed Anwar over Tendulkar simply because of style and flair which Indians seriously lack. In Pakistan all cable channels will boycott the next IPL and wont braodcast it and we simply dont care to watch it. Now lets see how successful your lame IPL is Lalit!

  • NaimPervez on January 26, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Hey Pakistanis, please stop all this nonsense. See how you are performing in Australia. Even in ODI's our team is far below average. Look at Bangladesh, they are giving tough fight to number one team. Guys, focus on the work at hand rather than cribbing for what you didn't get. Prove yourself time & again then you will become automatic choice. Everybody look for winnners not loosers. You Guys have to make a hat trick in winning T20I then only the world may consider you the real champs.

  • manizee on January 26, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    There is too much fuss made about the whole IPL scenario. From a cricketing point of view there isn't much for Pak cricketers to gain in terms of experience or skill and since they are the best in the world it's IPL's loss. But I do think it's right that PCB is taking a stance for the way the situation was handled by BCCI. At the same time I believe Afridi should not be stopped from playing for Redbacks as he is probabaly the worlds best T20 player and if he performs to help the Redbacks win the title it's going to a tight slap across BCCI's face.

  • rohan024 on January 26, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Pakistanis are at it again...so much noise for a week about how they and their country have been humiliated and Indians are jealous and that they will boycott all sports engagements with India...A week hasn't surpassed & Mr Afridi is keen again to play in India - not for money but for Indian crowd and Indian friends !!!!! Wow what a change of heart..noble men!!! Not a word on Pakistan's pathetic performance in Australia where after being whitewashed in Test series, they are on same track for ODI series..Rather than being concerned about the illusive INDIAN fans, how about winning a match for PAKISTAN in Australia Mr Afridi ?

  • Percy_Fender on January 26, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    If they boycott the next year's IPL, it has more to do with emotional hot-headedness than business common sense. I wish the Pakistan players will understand that the franchisees opted to do without them only because it is silly for them to pay for these players only to find that the political climate has been vitiated at a later date. I wish the Pakistanis will only see the whole situation from a business viewpoint.Why pay for these galacticas who are not certain to keep their contractual obligations for political reasons.I feel in one year better sense and the prospect of quiick money will enable these players to come rushing back to play.Bravado cannot last that long.

  • Redds66 on January 26, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Now what is happening is very predictable and logical and in tune with what Pakistan is all about.

    " Lot of noise and very little action."

    After all the " Lets retaliate", " Lets give it back and lets boycott " and other stuff thats sounds very patriotic and very spirited at that moment - $ sense has prevailed and -

    1) Afridi is singing the latest chartbuster - " If India invites I will play" - 250'000 $ for 40 days. OF COURSE HE WILL PLAY.

    2) For all the manly talk that he has given Ijaz Butt will soon sing along with Afridi. To save his seat he will need India's support.

    3) People like Rashid Latif, Javed Miandad, and others will advocate a ban on the IPL and beg players not to go and sing " Grapes are sour". THEY ARE NOT MAKING THE $.

    4) The politicians are the " MEN " here. They will stick to thier stand and say " REVENGE"

    5) The economy will ofcource have no voice but will welcome the IPL.

    So thats it. Things will be back to normal.

    MONEY TALKS BOY

  • Rahul_78 on January 26, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    I think some commen sense should prevail. Indian government, home minister has condemned what happened in the IPL auctions. It is a high time that mr.butt should understand IPL is a private league tailor made to make money for its owners. It is a pure business venture. If IPL would have been played in pakistan I am sure no indian would have got selected in the current atmosphere by pakistani millionaire businessmen if they have been threatened by extrimists and uncertain political atmoshphere. Mr.Butt is saying about isolating pak cricket. Well it is not BCCI or india that is responsible for this, SAF hae refused to tour pak now does he trying to say BCCI pressurised SAF board into not touring? Really enough is enough. We normal cricket fans want to see good compititive cricket between india and pak teams. I am sure pak fans want the same. Let us not muddle it by some private league fiasco. In india public sentiments were very high after 26/11 and same is hapenign in pak at the moment

  • Pakistanfirst on January 26, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    This is somewhat bizzare kinda situation,our players are dying to make Indian Buck and we as a nation trying to salvage our pride as a nation,my loud call JAAG PAKISTANI JAAG

  • RaEo on January 26, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Make ur boycott as permanent Mr.Butt !! Instead of crying like a baby,sit together n come out with a alternate.I know still pakistan players are very much interested in those huge money(not cricket) that IPL generate to them.Why dont you create something like IPL in ur country (PPL) and invite all players as INDIA do...u very well know,even in ur dreams that wont happen.This a 100% a private corporate affair of india.They do business...no one like to bet on the horses which doesnt have a habbit to participate nor win.

  • le_stephenois on January 26, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    jeez do we really care this much about the IPL... leave it be.. its a hollow competition anyway, with lots of glamour and money but very little substance... lets just concentrate on retaining the T20 World Cup in April and leave the IPL players to their 50 metre boundaries and 55 kg cheerleaders.The idea that the IPL actually enhances your 20 over game was rubbished when we won the World Cup. We don't need to prove our worth to anyone, everyone knows that Pakistan is the best T20 side in the world.

  • Rahulbose on January 26, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    How is this supposed to impact the IPL? One year PCB bans players from going the next IPL decides not to bid for the players. Seems to me its more in the interest of Pakistan players to play than boycott.

    Not so long ago PCB was loosing players to the rebel ICL league. They should be smart enough to figure out which side the players will be on.

  • sysubrceq0 on January 26, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    its ridiculous the way pakistan reacting... Pakistan has lot of issues in the country to solve.. why they stick to private league... in IPL-2 pak players did not play bcos of PAK Govt, the Franschises KKR & RR effected alot with less foreign players. Why the franchise want to spend ransome money on player whois uncertain of availability... in 2 months anyting can happen between2 countries and franchises may face same as in IPL-2. Pakistan players are good when they play as Pakistan team.. We all know Afridi commitent n IPL-1, Asif (drug scandal), Razzak, Imran & Yousuf (ICL), Kamran & sohail (not in national team), Aamer still raw and new to T20. Gul is only deserving candidate by proven talent & commitment. For Franchises it will cost extra money to provide security to pak players and risky. Why the franchise owners take risk to accomodate pak players? At the end Money does matter.. Pakistan shud behave as matured Adult especially Govt & public.

  • Ripper on January 26, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Honestly i dont know where the PCB is going with this.I would be pretty dissapointed too if any Srilankans werent picked,but hey thats the decision of the franchises to pick players,so the ICC,BCCI and officials had nothing to do with it,its not like they asked the franchises not to pick Pakistanis right? You might as well blame Shah Rukh Khan,Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta and other owners.This is like blaming a Supermarket because your mum didnt buy the cornflakes you wanted from there.PCB: This is not a conspiracy,the Franchise owners just didnt want your players,no matter how good they were (Probably because all the teams are PACKED with talented players anyway),Pakistanis: Tough,might as well get over it.

  • Crickettttt on January 26, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    hey u know wat - i understand that Pakis are upset, all cricket fans are upset, there were logical scary stuff for owners to spend money and players not available so no one wanted to take risk IPL was always business so its very understandable such things might occur - but Ijay Butt is making a huge deal out of it - trust me if Pak doesn't join the other tournaments its Paks loss ONLY, soon the world will forget them. With their abysmal test performance they are already getting somewhere, wish Ijaz Butt thinks about Pak cricket welfare than his position and his ego and take the right decision.

  • Subra on January 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    It is a pity that the non selection of the Pakistani Players in the IPL has been taken as a snub against Pakistan. The loss of earning hurt but at the same time cricketers like Haddin, Swann have also been rejected. What must be understood is that the IPL is an Indian Private League, and the owners are buying players like (Gilchrist said) cattle ion an auction. The best way Pakistan can retaliate is by winning the next T20 championship. To do this they must put their emotions on hold, play professionally and WIN. Siva from Singapore

  • VivaVizag on January 25, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Who cares? IPL did and will do fine without Pakis. Doesn't PCB stand for Pakistan Comic Board? ;-)

  • DinakarAppaji on January 25, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    I think the issue related to Pakistan players not considered in auction for IPL is being trivialized in all possible manners. This is clear cut commercial decision taken by teams that are bidding for the players owing to current political situation and sensitiviteis after mumbai attack. PCB might be interested in their players playing in IPL2010 but there was no gurantee that their behaviour would remain same over next 3 years. These kind of irresponsible statemements by board memnbers and some politicians with their own selfish interests from either side of the border are responsible for this mess in first place.

  • dossk on January 25, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    It is great to hear from Afridi that he love to play in India. We are surely missing you guys. Indian fans always love to see good cricketers. We love Pakistani cricketers and their unadultered talents. One thing these franchise owners do not have any interest in Cricket. They only interested in big money. They do not worry about the Cricket, Country and fans. They want their coffers to be filled. As an ardent Indian team supporter and mad cricket lover I will stand behind you in protest against the people who prevented you playing IPL.

  • subz on January 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    pakistanis are making amountain out of a molehill, right or wrong ipl has taken its decision , consipacy or no conspiracy pakistani players were not selected, that doesnt mean that india and pakistan should at loggerhead on every front. they are embarassing themselves further by making it abig issue and whining . lets all be mature and pakistan participation in ipl is always welcome by indian public.

  • dadalowg on January 25, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    We have to stop our "EMOTIONAL" rapid responses to everything that goes against us as Pakistanis. We have to stop and think about what we are saying to the media since the whole world watches, hears or reads about it.

    Mr Butt said: "We are the World Twenty20 champions, there is a Twenty20 World Cup this year, and they don't want us to win again,"

    I mean seriously who made this guy the PCB chief. Isn't media ettiquettes a skill that you need to have for such a high profile job? When will we stop fighting amongst ourselves and making ridiculous comments to media so our players can focus on the cricket.

  • dadalowg on January 25, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Seriously Mr. Ijaz Butt. Pakistan's cricketing future is already bleak with no one visiting due to understandable concerns about security. We don't get any cricket in the nation and now we are going to start boycotting international tournaments??? Based on what? The fact that IPL franchises did not pick our players. well I am Pakistani and if I owned a franchise in the IPL, I would have done the same.

    Rajhastan Royals lost a lot of their star performers in IPL when the attacks happened the Pakistani players were not allowed to play in India due to security concerns. Why would any business man with half his bearings intact pay for a player that may or may not play. I am sure that these franchises wanted players such as Afridi and Mohammed Aamer but chose business sense over high risk options.

  • DocBindra on January 25, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Good, why just boycott 2011, lets make it permanent...what is with the arrogance? Considering the current atmosphere, why is anyone surprised IF they were boycotting the Pak players. Were most Aussie players not ignored? Was Ponting's contract not bought out? In the current economy, everyone wants to make wise investments not risky ones. What if Pak players didn't get the Visas from the Indian Govt? The franchises would be stuck. Besides, last time I checked, its the individual owners god given right to pick whoever they want with THEIR MONEY!! Yeah, they will boycott...I think GREED will prevail.

  • anmn on January 25, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Their abstinence is only their loss. Its like Pakistan saying it does not want to contribute to Indian agriculture or Indian car industry. IPL is part of Indian entertainment industry. If they dont want to be entertained with quality entertainment, its only their loss. Pakistan needs to realise Indians run this. They have no say whatsoever, in Indian enterprise.

  • mav58 on January 25, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    This is comical in the extreme!! Stop acting like spoilt brats - grow up and give it a rest. Lalit Modi does'nt care one iota about the fuss being created - he's licking his lips all the way to the bank.

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  • mav58 on January 25, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    This is comical in the extreme!! Stop acting like spoilt brats - grow up and give it a rest. Lalit Modi does'nt care one iota about the fuss being created - he's licking his lips all the way to the bank.

  • anmn on January 25, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Their abstinence is only their loss. Its like Pakistan saying it does not want to contribute to Indian agriculture or Indian car industry. IPL is part of Indian entertainment industry. If they dont want to be entertained with quality entertainment, its only their loss. Pakistan needs to realise Indians run this. They have no say whatsoever, in Indian enterprise.

  • DocBindra on January 25, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Good, why just boycott 2011, lets make it permanent...what is with the arrogance? Considering the current atmosphere, why is anyone surprised IF they were boycotting the Pak players. Were most Aussie players not ignored? Was Ponting's contract not bought out? In the current economy, everyone wants to make wise investments not risky ones. What if Pak players didn't get the Visas from the Indian Govt? The franchises would be stuck. Besides, last time I checked, its the individual owners god given right to pick whoever they want with THEIR MONEY!! Yeah, they will boycott...I think GREED will prevail.

  • dadalowg on January 25, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Seriously Mr. Ijaz Butt. Pakistan's cricketing future is already bleak with no one visiting due to understandable concerns about security. We don't get any cricket in the nation and now we are going to start boycotting international tournaments??? Based on what? The fact that IPL franchises did not pick our players. well I am Pakistani and if I owned a franchise in the IPL, I would have done the same.

    Rajhastan Royals lost a lot of their star performers in IPL when the attacks happened the Pakistani players were not allowed to play in India due to security concerns. Why would any business man with half his bearings intact pay for a player that may or may not play. I am sure that these franchises wanted players such as Afridi and Mohammed Aamer but chose business sense over high risk options.

  • dadalowg on January 25, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    We have to stop our "EMOTIONAL" rapid responses to everything that goes against us as Pakistanis. We have to stop and think about what we are saying to the media since the whole world watches, hears or reads about it.

    Mr Butt said: "We are the World Twenty20 champions, there is a Twenty20 World Cup this year, and they don't want us to win again,"

    I mean seriously who made this guy the PCB chief. Isn't media ettiquettes a skill that you need to have for such a high profile job? When will we stop fighting amongst ourselves and making ridiculous comments to media so our players can focus on the cricket.

  • subz on January 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    pakistanis are making amountain out of a molehill, right or wrong ipl has taken its decision , consipacy or no conspiracy pakistani players were not selected, that doesnt mean that india and pakistan should at loggerhead on every front. they are embarassing themselves further by making it abig issue and whining . lets all be mature and pakistan participation in ipl is always welcome by indian public.

  • dossk on January 25, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    It is great to hear from Afridi that he love to play in India. We are surely missing you guys. Indian fans always love to see good cricketers. We love Pakistani cricketers and their unadultered talents. One thing these franchise owners do not have any interest in Cricket. They only interested in big money. They do not worry about the Cricket, Country and fans. They want their coffers to be filled. As an ardent Indian team supporter and mad cricket lover I will stand behind you in protest against the people who prevented you playing IPL.

  • DinakarAppaji on January 25, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    I think the issue related to Pakistan players not considered in auction for IPL is being trivialized in all possible manners. This is clear cut commercial decision taken by teams that are bidding for the players owing to current political situation and sensitiviteis after mumbai attack. PCB might be interested in their players playing in IPL2010 but there was no gurantee that their behaviour would remain same over next 3 years. These kind of irresponsible statemements by board memnbers and some politicians with their own selfish interests from either side of the border are responsible for this mess in first place.

  • VivaVizag on January 25, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Who cares? IPL did and will do fine without Pakis. Doesn't PCB stand for Pakistan Comic Board? ;-)

  • Subra on January 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    It is a pity that the non selection of the Pakistani Players in the IPL has been taken as a snub against Pakistan. The loss of earning hurt but at the same time cricketers like Haddin, Swann have also been rejected. What must be understood is that the IPL is an Indian Private League, and the owners are buying players like (Gilchrist said) cattle ion an auction. The best way Pakistan can retaliate is by winning the next T20 championship. To do this they must put their emotions on hold, play professionally and WIN. Siva from Singapore