Pakistan news May 26, 2012

Positive IPL news for Pakistan - Butt

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Asad 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.

  • Mohsin 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Tahir 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.

  • Johnathon 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

  • SABIR 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 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.

  • Ryan 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.

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