Pakistan news May 26, 2012

Positive IPL news for Pakistan - Butt

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Ijaz Butt, the former PCB chairman, has said that BCCI president and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla has assured him that the Pakistan players will be readmitted into the IPL. Butt had met Shukla and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar last week in Delhi, in a meeting sanctioned by the PCB.

Butt had then briefed current Pakistan board chief Zaka Ashraf about the discussions at the Delhi meeting, as well as on all the past communications he had had with the BCCI during his three-year tenure as board chief that ended last October. The briefing was organised in view of Zaka Ashraf travelling to India on Saturday, for the IPL final in Chennai on Sunday.

"With the consent of the incumbent PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, I met Rajiv Shukla and Sharad Pawar, and discussed the progress on the Indo-Pak cricketing relations," Butt told the Dawn. "In Delhi, Rajiv Shukla assured me that Pakistani players will be allowed to play in the next [2013] IPL edition."

During Butt's tenure, the relationship between Pakistan and India hit a low following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Following those attacks, bilateral ties between the neighbours were severed, and Pakistan players have not been a part of the IPL since. Also, a team from Pakistan was not invited to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20). Earlier this month, progress was made on last point, with the BCCI - the CLT20's largest stakeholder - saying it would inform the tournament's governing council that it had no objection to a team from Pakistan participating. Later, Ashraf was invited to watch the IPL final by the BCCI.

"Both Rajiv and Pawar are my very good friends, and we are on good terms for a long time," Butt told ESPNcricinfo. "I, during my tenure [as PCB chief], was for the resumption of dialogues with the BCCI. There were some differences though, which I don't want to share or comment on, but in the end I had to try to have good relations with everyone.

"I have had a good meeting with Zaka during which we discussed a lot of aspects, and I have updated him on my talk with the BCCI officials. From what I can see, there is improvement at the government level and both countries are coming closer. So now it's up to both boards, they should engage in healthy dialogues to revive bilateral ties."

Ashraf before flying to India, spoke to the media, said he is hopeful of a fruitful visit. "Their invitation [to the IPL final] is a strong clue that both countries are moving towards having good relations," Ashraf told reporters at the Lahore airport. "This is rare, in the past no such invitation was extended. So I am hopeful that I will have a good meeting with the BCCI officials on the sidelines of the IPL final regarding the revival of bilateral ties."

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  • on May 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    If Pakistani And Indian Players Meet To Gether And Play As A One Team Then World's Any Best Team Will Not Able TO Beat Them.

  • ottoflick on May 28, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I am a west Indian but a pakistani supporter to my heart. If this decision by shukla is a positive 1 for the pak players then that is ould be amazing. The ipl might be bigger than the world cup. I'll would have the most viewers ever.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 27, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    bad news for Pakistan because the reason Pakistan is playing so good cricket because they are not playing in IPL. If they again start playing in IPL, then Pakistan team performance will go down

  • on May 27, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs and Ram-i: I think it all depends on team composition, of course franchises will bid for their Pakistani players keeping in mind the team composition. for example why would RCB bid for Pakistani opener when they already have Gayle and Dilshan???

    Pakistani players are so talented and its all about team combination ,pitch condition and other key factors which will decide pakistani players would be on bench or will be in playing 11.

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    So it's a good news that pak players in ipl.Players for following teams 1 RR Sohail tanvir, Rana naveed ul hassan 2 PWI Muhammad hafeez,umar gul and shoaib malik 3 KXIP Imran nazir and saeed ajmal 4 DC Shahid afridi and abdul razzaq the big bash pair playing for melbourne renegades. 5 For youngsters nasir jamashed for delhi daredevils, ahmad shahzad and umar akmal will be 2nd choice for franchises.But ahmad shahzad has performed will in inaugral bpl.If he is in auction liswt then rcb must buy him and their opening pair will should be ahmad shahzad and ch gayle. 5 Umar akmal for MI,CSK OR DC but it will depend on auction.

  • BustIPL on May 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    It iis really god decision to admit the asian champions as well for business purposes. Also IPL has been good practice ground for foreign players and there are many examples for that.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    To be honest, if Pak players do come to the IPL, the only ones I can see playing are Ajmal, Afridi, and Umar Gul. The IPL has turned into this severely competitive series between international players since only 4 players per team can be international. Most amazing players are forced to sit on the bench the entire period. Scott Styris didn't get a single game this IPL, as did Tamim Iqbal. Kulasekera had a wonderful 3-4 games of the IPL, but was still dropped. Daniel Vettori, the bowler with the best economy rate in T20 cricket had a phenomenal start to the IPL but ended up sitting out most of the matches to give way to Murali. Don't get your hopes up

  • saabir786 on May 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    i nazir for pune,afridi for delhi becoz they required quality spinner,ajmal for d.c and abdul razzak for kkr

  • Ram-i on May 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    It would be lovely to see the Pak players in IPL, but before all comments start pouring in, only 4 foreign players allowed, so maximum a team can field in their side for any particular match is 1 as most of them have their foreigners slot filled in and confirmed players eg: for DC - Cam White, Sanga, Steyn will naturally play all matches: for RCB: Gayle, Vettori/Murali, AB,MI- unpredictable but Malinga,Pollard are sure to be in,DD-Morne,Mahela,Warner/KP are sure ins, so it leaves only 1 place for a foreign player in any given team for a particular match, so for eg: the pune squad being suggested will never happen coz Smith will automatically play, so will clarke/parnell. Bottom line: Great players in Pak, but not all will get a chance- maybe ajmal/razzaq/naved/umar/afridi..thats about it.

  • nzcricket174 on May 27, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Afridi will be a flop in the IPL for sure...meanwhile Ajmal will prove why he is the best spinner.

  • on May 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    If Pakistani And Indian Players Meet To Gether And Play As A One Team Then World's Any Best Team Will Not Able TO Beat Them.

  • ottoflick on May 28, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I am a west Indian but a pakistani supporter to my heart. If this decision by shukla is a positive 1 for the pak players then that is ould be amazing. The ipl might be bigger than the world cup. I'll would have the most viewers ever.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 27, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    bad news for Pakistan because the reason Pakistan is playing so good cricket because they are not playing in IPL. If they again start playing in IPL, then Pakistan team performance will go down

  • on May 27, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs and Ram-i: I think it all depends on team composition, of course franchises will bid for their Pakistani players keeping in mind the team composition. for example why would RCB bid for Pakistani opener when they already have Gayle and Dilshan???

    Pakistani players are so talented and its all about team combination ,pitch condition and other key factors which will decide pakistani players would be on bench or will be in playing 11.

  • on May 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    So it's a good news that pak players in ipl.Players for following teams 1 RR Sohail tanvir, Rana naveed ul hassan 2 PWI Muhammad hafeez,umar gul and shoaib malik 3 KXIP Imran nazir and saeed ajmal 4 DC Shahid afridi and abdul razzaq the big bash pair playing for melbourne renegades. 5 For youngsters nasir jamashed for delhi daredevils, ahmad shahzad and umar akmal will be 2nd choice for franchises.But ahmad shahzad has performed will in inaugral bpl.If he is in auction liswt then rcb must buy him and their opening pair will should be ahmad shahzad and ch gayle. 5 Umar akmal for MI,CSK OR DC but it will depend on auction.

  • BustIPL on May 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    It iis really god decision to admit the asian champions as well for business purposes. Also IPL has been good practice ground for foreign players and there are many examples for that.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    To be honest, if Pak players do come to the IPL, the only ones I can see playing are Ajmal, Afridi, and Umar Gul. The IPL has turned into this severely competitive series between international players since only 4 players per team can be international. Most amazing players are forced to sit on the bench the entire period. Scott Styris didn't get a single game this IPL, as did Tamim Iqbal. Kulasekera had a wonderful 3-4 games of the IPL, but was still dropped. Daniel Vettori, the bowler with the best economy rate in T20 cricket had a phenomenal start to the IPL but ended up sitting out most of the matches to give way to Murali. Don't get your hopes up

  • saabir786 on May 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    i nazir for pune,afridi for delhi becoz they required quality spinner,ajmal for d.c and abdul razzak for kkr

  • Ram-i on May 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    It would be lovely to see the Pak players in IPL, but before all comments start pouring in, only 4 foreign players allowed, so maximum a team can field in their side for any particular match is 1 as most of them have their foreigners slot filled in and confirmed players eg: for DC - Cam White, Sanga, Steyn will naturally play all matches: for RCB: Gayle, Vettori/Murali, AB,MI- unpredictable but Malinga,Pollard are sure to be in,DD-Morne,Mahela,Warner/KP are sure ins, so it leaves only 1 place for a foreign player in any given team for a particular match, so for eg: the pune squad being suggested will never happen coz Smith will automatically play, so will clarke/parnell. Bottom line: Great players in Pak, but not all will get a chance- maybe ajmal/razzaq/naved/umar/afridi..thats about it.

  • nzcricket174 on May 27, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Afridi will be a flop in the IPL for sure...meanwhile Ajmal will prove why he is the best spinner.

  • AmjadZork on May 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I missed on these 2 players, they are good T-20 players - Awais Zia & M Sami...

  • AmjadZork on May 27, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    We have an amount of T-20 players that can lift the IPL 2013: Lets say Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad (BPL), Rana Naved-ul Hassan, Afridi, Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Ajmal, Junaid Khan, A Rehman... You can add some more good T-20 players from Pak, if i have missed someone... Shoaib Akhtar might be a good choice as well !!!!

  • Totakhail on May 27, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Good news, I will see some of my favorite Pakistani players in the next IPL......

  • on May 27, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Hope the Pune Warriors get Umar Akmal and maybe Gul.

  • on May 27, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    it would be nice to see ajmal, umar akmal and boom boom in ipl.

  • potential0987 on May 27, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    If Pak players will allow for ipl2013, then my team for pune warrior--- 1) Md. Hafeez 2) tamim Iqubal 3) Manish pandey 4) Yuvraj singh(captain) 5)Robin Utahpa 6) Anusthup Majumdar 7) Sahid Afridi 8) Shaid Ajmal 9) Ashok Dinda 10) A. Nehra 11) Murli Kartik/ Rahul Sharma. !00% Asian 11. and no wonder will be the strongest and stable team in IPL2013.

  • potential0987 on May 27, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    If Pak players will allow for ipl2013, then my team for pune warrior--- 1) Md. Hafeez 2) tamim Iqubal 3) Manish pandey 4) Yuvraj singh(captain) 5)Robin Utahpa 6) Anusthup Majumdar 7) Sahid Afridi 8) Shaid Ajmal 9) Ashok Dinda 10) A. Nehra 11) Murli Kartik/ Rahul Sharma. !00% Asian 11. and no wonder will be the strongest and stable team in IPL2013.

  • joseyesu on May 27, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    I would be happy if chennai and Mumbai don't come in auction. If pune gets Afridi/Hafeez, it will be a good deal. DD with ajmal. RCB with Umar.

  • Romenevans on May 27, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    if that happens....Ajmal will become the richest IPL player bought in auction.

  • on May 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    In my piont of view kkr should by umar gul.deccan should buy ajmal. pune needs to buy imran nazir and philander.punjab needs to buy rana naveed.and becauz of pak players they should allow 5 overseas playes ina match

  • Romenevans on May 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Sohail Tanveer in our RR team. Can't wait to see that again. 2008 memories.

  • csowmi7 on May 27, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    if pakistan participate in the ipl next season csk should sign ajmal. But knowing Dhoni's obsession with all rounders csk will probably pay a fortune for Afridi. But if Pakistan players join next year the BCCI should change the rules such that 5 foreigners can play.

  • on May 27, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    good to see pak players in ipl afridi tanveer and others are good playes to see in ipl

  • ilovecricket1234 on May 27, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Awesome news!!! I can't wait to see the new IPL2013 next year. Finally some excitement!

  • on May 27, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    umar akmal, gul, ajmal are the only guys that gonna get slected

  • KXIP_is_underestimated on May 27, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Hold on guys... Only teams like KXIP,RR,DC and PWI will be able to buy any pakistani player because the other have already fulfilled their quota of 11 foreign players, so unless they terminate the contracts of some of their foreign players, they are not eligible. So CSK,MI,RCB,DD,KKR will have to let go but which of their foreign players will they terminate

  • Muhtasim13 on May 26, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Finally the IPL's going to get exciting :D

  • SanjivAwesome on May 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    It will be good to watch some of my fav Pakistan players next year.

  • on May 26, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    it will certainly be fascinating to see pakistan players in ipl. if CSK manage to buy ajmal, that would lbe fantasctic. Then tough beat them in slow and low chennai wicket.

  • on May 26, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Well if that thing happen ( Pak Players in IPL ) i will start watching IPL again. !!

  • Mannan.Khan on May 26, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    It will be interested KKR must go for Abdul Razaq he is the big match winner player a good all-rounder and regularly performs well at both batting and bowling.

  • Muhammad_Zahid on May 26, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    If pakistani players are allowed to play than all the matches will be sold out and about 10-15 players could be bought by the franchises. They will be highly paid. who can match players like Afridi, ajmal, umar gull, imran nazir, rana naveed, shoaib malik, hafeez etc. They are spicialized T20 players and can play a big role in winning the matches for their teams.

  • shazada1 on May 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    this is great news. Finally the rest of world will see what a great talent pakistan posses, and it will certainly boost performance of low ranked teams in IPL currently as they will be the main buyers of pakistani players.

    AFRIDIi will definitely be in KOLKATA's team. GUL will play for DECCAN as they desparately need world class bowlers.

    Who knows Shoaib Akhtar might even make comeback in 20 20 format only.

    I am certain if all these things happen then there will be INDIA-PAKISTAN series next year in INDIA.

    There is 90% chance Pakistan will play Australia in INDIA in August, if for some reason that doesn't happen then series will take place in SOUT AFRICA.

  • Hayat22 on May 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    I hope KKR gets some good swing pacer and DD gets Ajmal. If only Aamir was available...sigh. What a sight it would be to see Aamir under Wasim's guidance, playing under Gambhir! ;-D Perhaps Subroto Roy could go for Kamran Akmal, who will boost an already fantastic team! LOL. But to be fair Robin Utthappa hasn't done anything either with gloves or bat as well. ;-D

  • ddc....... on May 26, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    pune needs to buy big from the pak players available

  • on May 26, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Nice to see and hear positive thinking on part of the people on the other side of the border.

  • on May 26, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    very gud decision rajiv shukla. waiting 2 see boom boom in action . hope kkr sign him.

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Tanvir back with RROYALS ,ShahidAfid with Dekkan will boost the middle-locked teams! KXIP might be 9th/8th unless they get a good PaK

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Afridi, Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Sohail Tanveer will be the most highly valued Pakistanis for the IPL!

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Pakistan have some of the best T20 players in the world, Azhar Mahmood, a retired old player was a standout in this IPL so for sure the current players will be assets to their IPL teams...

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    It will be a horrible decision if pakistani players will participate in IPL, we haven't seen any top class players in IPL so if pakistani players wil participate then for sure they will loose there class and rep. As a Pakistani I am not in favor of ourrs play playing ipl.

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    and I'd like to make a request for Cricinfo to start a poll on either Pakistani cricketers should play in the next season of IPL, trust me, most of the voters who will vote in the favor of Pakistan will be belong to India as we just love to see Pakistan/Indian players playing as a single unit. no matter how many issues are there between our government it is always adorable and passionate to see both nation playing as a single unit.

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    This is bring huge interest in IPL as there are so much potential in pakistan youngsters, circketers like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Akmal, Saeed Ajmal are born to play T20 and they will bring new life in IPL

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    It's not about begging or anything, it's all about friendship. And this is just a step towards this friendship. A day will come when there will be no visa issue between Pakistan and India (as proposed by Quaid-e-Azam and Gandhi Ji) and all the other problems will also be solved. Our kind words and deeds will help to make this (sub-continent) peaceful. #amankiasha!

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  • on May 26, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    It's not about begging or anything, it's all about friendship. And this is just a step towards this friendship. A day will come when there will be no visa issue between Pakistan and India (as proposed by Quaid-e-Azam and Gandhi Ji) and all the other problems will also be solved. Our kind words and deeds will help to make this (sub-continent) peaceful. #amankiasha!

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    This is bring huge interest in IPL as there are so much potential in pakistan youngsters, circketers like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Akmal, Saeed Ajmal are born to play T20 and they will bring new life in IPL

  • on May 26, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    and I'd like to make a request for Cricinfo to start a poll on either Pakistani cricketers should play in the next season of IPL, trust me, most of the voters who will vote in the favor of Pakistan will be belong to India as we just love to see Pakistan/Indian players playing as a single unit. no matter how many issues are there between our government it is always adorable and passionate to see both nation playing as a single unit.

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    It will be a horrible decision if pakistani players will participate in IPL, we haven't seen any top class players in IPL so if pakistani players wil participate then for sure they will loose there class and rep. As a Pakistani I am not in favor of ourrs play playing ipl.

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Pakistan have some of the best T20 players in the world, Azhar Mahmood, a retired old player was a standout in this IPL so for sure the current players will be assets to their IPL teams...

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Afridi, Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Sohail Tanveer will be the most highly valued Pakistanis for the IPL!

  • on May 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Tanvir back with RROYALS ,ShahidAfid with Dekkan will boost the middle-locked teams! KXIP might be 9th/8th unless they get a good PaK

  • on May 26, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    very gud decision rajiv shukla. waiting 2 see boom boom in action . hope kkr sign him.

  • on May 26, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Nice to see and hear positive thinking on part of the people on the other side of the border.

  • ddc....... on May 26, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    pune needs to buy big from the pak players available