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Pakistan missing out on IPL experience - Hafeez

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February 16, 2014

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Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said players from his country are missing out on a "great learning experience" by not being allowed to play in the IPL. The PCB, he said, should look into the matter and resolve it so that Pakistan players get a chance to work with other international players.


"It is strange that for years now Pakistani players have not been allowed to play in the IPL because it is a world-class league and there is so much to learn from it," Hafeez told Express newspaper. "I played in the first season of the IPL and I got a chance to share the dressing room with greats like Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting and it was a great learning experience. I believe that what our players are missing out the most is this aspect of playing in the IPL."

Hafeez represented Kolkata Knights Riders in the inaugural IPL season in 2008, but Pakistan players have not been allowed in the tournament since the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 which strained relations between the two nations.



"It is no use taking interest in a thing you are not part of," he said. "But this IPL problem is something that our cricket board should look into and resolve. Because it is a world-class event and every player wants to take part in such an event where the big crowds only add to the fun and excitement."

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Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

We need Pakistan players as well. Why to discriminate players for political reasons? The paradox is when Pakistan as a team is allowed to play in India vs India(Dec 2012 ODI series), then why shouldn't they play in India in IPL?

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (February 19, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

these pakistanis never stop cribbing about IPL "want to play/not interested/who cares/we are best T20 players/IPL missing us" - Franchises already burned their hands in 2009 IPL 2 in SA, when PCB did not allow any pakistani player to participate IPL2 in SA after the 2008 attacks. It was evident that last year no franchise had interest in PAK players as nobody got picked in auction. Nobody knows who will be incharge of PCB in April at the time IPL starts and the new chairperson will not allow Pakistani players to participate in IPL. Franchises do not want to take extra risk with limited overseas spots and providing security is another big headache for franchises.

Posted by heretic on (February 19, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Absolutely spot on Hafeez - Pak players need the IPL experience and why not the money as well.

As an Indian and a fan of IPL I would love (and pay) to watch Pak players play in IPL.

The bowling expertise they bring the grit and determination that I have known Pak players to show will add to both the IPL experience for the viewer and for the individual players who play in those teams.

Perhaps PCB should do more to get BCCI to allow Pak players.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

i love to see badrinath also..

Posted by Aashiyer on (February 18, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Even though Pakistanis attacked Mumbai why are Pakistani cricket players to be blamed. But if we let them in our league, they must let us into theirs. I am an Indian to those who may think otherwise.

Posted by asim229 on (February 18, 2014, 22:04 GMT)

Only substandard players like hafeez needs to go and play IPL so that he can earn some money and retires from the pak team. I don't see any advantage other then money for pak players playing in IPL because the conditions there are similar to pak and they will not learn anything.Also T20 is not the real game currently pak batsmen need to learn to stay on the wicket.If they want to play leagues then they are better off playing in BBL or SA leagues on the bouncy pitches.

Posted by android_user on (February 18, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

I would love to see mohammad irfan playing for Mumbai Indians.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

We need Pakistan players as well. Why to discriminate players for political reasons? The paradox is when Pakistan as a team is allowed to play in India vs India(Dec 2012 ODI series), then why shouldn't they play in India in IPL?

Posted by SalilN on (February 18, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

I would love to see Pakistani players in IPL and hoping them to be in this season. Being an Indian, I love pakistan T20 team and I agree, it would be beneficial to both the countries. Players like Junaid, Hafeez, Akmal and Ajmal should definitely participate in this kind of tournament.

Posted by wapuser on (February 18, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

well pak players are likely wecome in ipl but bcci and ipl shld also take intrest in them rather makng it one sided

Posted by mhdrhn177 on (February 18, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Well i am an indian but love to see pak players on the ground they surely have great t20 players like afridi, akmal, hafeez , ajmal etc. and want to see them in ipl is well come on bcci let cricket far along with politics.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 18, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Ipl most certainly shouldn't get a window, then all the others would want one. Ipl last about 2 months too long though.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

We are cricket lovers, and want to see much more excitement ... I believe! providing chance to Pakistani players in IPL will add more fun.. the other bright aspect which we can't ignore is; it will reduce gaps between nations..

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Pakistan players are far better players than Australia,SA,Srilanka and other teams.They should participate in the next years IPL. Likes for Mohammed Hafeez.

Just give them a opportunity to play in IPL T 20.......

Posted by wapuser on (February 18, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

Well mr hafeez if their was any chance of playing in ipl has gone by not accepting india as big3..

Posted by ADARSH100 on (February 17, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

I am an Indian and what Hafeez said is right. BCCI and PCB should joint their hands and allow Pak players to play in this world class event. Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeez, Misbah, Gul, Shehzad are fabulous players of T20 and it is certainly a treat to watch them play with Indians. There are many other players too who are valuable in this format. Hope we will see them play atleast in the next season. * Fingers Crossed *

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

i agree with Hafeez ipl is great event of cricket and u can can leans from it but i dont think pakistani will need this because he will never learn from any one so should foces on t20 cup best luck I am pakistani but love ipl .............

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Hafeez made mistake in his comment "Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said players from his country are missing out on a "great learning experience" by not being allowed to play in the IPL.", It should be "missing on great Earning experience", shame on you hafeez, you have never learnt match after match in tests, one days and T20's, what kind of learning you would get in IPL to stay away from a simple out swinging delivery of any average bowlers, let aside dale steyn etc.

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (February 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

When you mix up sports with politics its never good for that sport. If players like Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeez are not playing its only hurting the fans and the game.

Posted by Surajrises on (February 17, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

I agree with Hafeez. BCCI & PCB need to solve their problems and allow Pak players to participate. The Indian fans do miss players like Afridi and Tanveer who were part of the inaugural edition... Hope to see them back in IPL 8 if not 7 and according to me if IPL is being played in South Africa, why can't we allow Pak players to participate at least in this edition!

Posted by pak_rokkss on (February 17, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

@ullasjp I hope you remember 2009 T20 World Cup. Pakistan won it in England.

Posted by ullasjp on (February 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

@Sheik.Mohsin get ur facts right india won champions trophy.. icc world cup 2 major icc trophy's n they av beaten pakistan in both the tournaments.. yest ur under 19 team also lost. In last 5 years hw many icc tournaments ur team av won.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

This shows ipl is here to stay.. its time fr icc to create an window for ipl.. i agree with hafez evry player wants money fame exposure.. ecb n pcb need to look into this matter coz they all need money to survive after retirement

Posted by Sheik.Mohsin on (February 17, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

I think Pakistan is one of the best teams in world and they doesn't need so called IPL to prove it.I think India is doing nothing good outside home despite playing this IPL and so much of home cricket.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

@Abu Hamza before trying to make smart comments,get your facts straight. Rajasthan Royals won the first edition of the IPL and not the Lahore Badshahs. They won the ICL. Don't think they can keep the pak players out of the IPL forever. Once the boards are on good terms again,you will see the pak players back in the tournament.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (February 17, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but I enjoy IPL with my brothers. We really want to see Pakistani players in IPL but its not like not having them in IPL will stop us from enjoying it.

Its India's competition and its there wish if they don't want Pakistani players its there loss because they are loosing experience playing against them and some revenue from Pakistan but as a true cricket fan I don't care and I enjoy IPL same as I enjoy BBL :)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Yup. i agree with hafeez. BCCI should not avoid Pakistani players for whatever happened in the past. But cricket should be taken sportive. each and every player who enjoys cricket should be allowed to learn from a such an event..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

I think its not between India and Pakistan ... Its Between Big Boss "BCCI" vs PCB

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

Sports should stand above all podiums. A player shouldn't be barred from playing in a sport just because their political beliefs differ.

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (February 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

on one hand they say don't loose your pride and on other asking to let me play

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

He did not represent the majority here, we are unconcerned. Money talks!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Wrong statement at wrong time

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Hardly 4 overseas players plays in an IPL team and this time i saw so many good overseas players going unsold.

The only players i see playing in IPl teams for Pakistan are, Ajmal, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi (For His Bowling), Junaid Khan and Bilawal Bhatti.

Not to mention, if you see IPL side, all most overseas 4 players that plays in in a team are usually all-rounders, and i don't see any good all-rounders in Pakistan setup, but excellent bowlers.

Posted by stonk on (February 17, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

The IPL will end up only for Indians, preparing for when they will be isolated from world cricket and then we will see how much money they make. Already IPL 7 has seen foreign participation reduced by 50% in the number of foreign players. You aren't missing much, Hafeez.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 17, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

Pak should feel proud not cry over not being included, there is an unpredictability about Pak and Pak players, if they play in IPL they will be figured out by others players and teams much easily, when they come on the world stage like world t20 batsmen and bowlers will not know what to expect ad thats a great advantage.

Indian politics and just funny India and Pak can play a whole series IN India and can play in worldwide tournaments but the individuals of Pak team cannot play in IPL?! Where players from every recognized country are there. Maybe its the scar of the 1st season of IPL where the Pak team Lahore Badshahs took it all. LoL Pak should keep head high.

Posted by kc69 on (February 16, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

All I can say is that Pakistan is a good T20 side even without IPL but I guess it is the revenue Hafeez is indirectly talking about.

Posted by ThemanID on (February 16, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

I think he is right about that. Pakistani players should be in ipl

Posted by somnath.dutta on (February 16, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Away from politics as well as the moneymaking criteria,i would like to see Pakistani players in IPL..it's a feeling when thousand of people hoping for the best from you and they cry out for you...A player really judge it and feel it,no other can't...pressure,greet,money,fun,entertainment that's about the IPL is....but apart from the politics,money and scam, organizer or BCCI don't wants further criticality. because one poster can insult or headed down entire nation as well as sportsmanship..So Pakistani player's has to wait for sometime to fridge this issue.....anyway hope for the best in coming future....

Posted by Sudhir65 on (February 16, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

It is not that there is so much to "learn" from it but rather "earn" from it. Case in point- Pakistan- whose players have been absent since first season of IPL- have gone on to make finals and semis (2 times each) of 4 WC T20.

While India after making final (and winning) in inaugural competition (when IPL did not exist), has not made it even to the knock- out round of WC T20. Pakistan is much better off without IPL- at least if they want to do well in WC T20 (based on statistics and past history).

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

what ever it is p.p.l or p.s.l .... I dont think it will as successful as IPL is,was and will be. You have to understand the fact that IPL is an international brand with lots of fan following within India and other cricket playing nations, tons of money , infrastructure, guaranteed payments to players on time , media coverage , almost proper international window, backup of powerhouse bcci , advertisers interest , involvement of every Indian player plus big and emerging names from abroad.

For creating a tournament of scale of IPL you need so many things on deposit which seem next to impossible with Pakistan IMO. But anyway good luck with that

Posted by rohanblue on (February 16, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

if they were allowed , surely guys like hafeez , ajmal, md.irfan wouldve fetched some serious amt of money......

Posted by heartbreakerz on (February 16, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

This IPL issue is really confusing...

Pakistani umpires, commentators n coaches are all there at IPL but Pakistani cricketers are not welcome.

Posted by alischeme on (February 16, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

ICC T20 Rankings Allrounders Hafeez no.1 Afridi no.5

Bowlers Ajmal no.2 Hafeez no.5 In team rankings, PAK is no.4 in T20s Problems between both countries aside, don't say that PAK players aren't good enough to be in IPL. They're as good as any and better than the most.

Posted by ozone8237 on (February 16, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

"Pakistan missing out on IPL experience - Hafeez" Cracked me out!! Poor lil ol Hafeez He knows his place in Pakistan's Test Squad is gone and in ODI's and T-20's he is struggling to keep his form and fitness and it won't be too long when he will be called Ex-Player. Now he needs to look for alternatives to keep making money whether its BBL, CPL, SLPL, Big Bash or the corruption plagued entertainment show of IPL. IPL might have everything but not "any sort of learning experience" Pakistani Players and PCB should only concentrate on "PSL" Pakistan Super Leage and start it ASAP. Opening ceremony Final and Closing Ceremony in Pakistan the rest in UAE for the time being. The budget proposed for PSL was not cheap so I am sure it would attract many International big names and that will be a start in bringing back International cricket to Pakistan and huge Revenues will be generated that will further strengthen PCB and its "Voice" on international level

Posted by Desihungama on (February 16, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

For anyone who has ever played any "competitive sports" should know it's not about the money instead it's about showcasing your talent to the world in the company of equally talented players and be able to come out on top. That is what's irking Pakistan players that they are on par with most players if not better and yet can't compete. People commenting about consequences should know better same people who attacked India are attacking day lights out of Pakistanis so from that logic shouldn't you be more supporting Pakistan cricketers cause?

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

it can be a good experience for players to share dressing rooms with some greats.

but i dont think it matters much for skills of players. many players play in IPl and only few have transformed that form or exeprience in international level. india has about 60-70 players playing in ipl each year. but after 1st ever world t20 they couldnt reach to semi of all next ( not criticizing. just making a point to hafeez) pak players are not part of ipl for many years but performing well in t20 world cups. so it cant enhance skills. if it was then india would have won all wct20s.

may have effect on financial gains of players though.

Posted by drnaveed on (February 16, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

i think Pakistan should instead , concentrate on arranging P.P.L. ,in U.A.E. ,as soon as possible. they already have lost the last whole year, and still , there are no plans for organizing it this year as well .it should include all top players in it , and those players should not be allowed to played in it , whose board doesn't allow our players to play in their league.their will be no security issues there in U.A.E. , yes , they will have to offer a large sum of money to the players , for which they should look out for the sponsors, i think it will be not difficult to arrange the sponsors to help out our team in U.A.E. regarding Hafeez , i wonder , what his statement would have been , had the players been offered less than half the amount of what they are getting here. it would have been totally different . in the first edition , most of the Pakistani players sat on the bench, only sohail taveer ( if i remember correct ) played regularly.

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

No point repeating the same thing again and again by Pakistan players. Indians would never let the Pakistanis benefit in any way in cricket just like they've tried to damage them in politics. Pakistan must set it's own house in order. Involve the Arab sheikhs in cricket sponsorship and get a kickass domestic league to rival the ipl. That's the only chance even a bit far fetched. No hope for Indian support

Posted by SamWintson92 on (February 16, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

1. Man, I just loved when Sohail Tanvir was part of IPL season 1 & was the purple cap holder taking his team Rajasthan Royals to the title. 2. There are some T20 match winners in Pakistan side likes of Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umer Gul, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohail Tanivir, Misbah-Ul-Haq (he has excellent T20 records, remember his 100 in CLT20), Sharjeel Khan, Imran Nazir. But they are making a name for themselves across the world & we're getting them to see in CPL, BBL, Ram-Slam etc. 3. I agree it's time now Pakistan should organize Pakistan Premier League (PPL) in UAE in IPL format.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Hello All all players deserve equal chance and yes every one want more money why not if he can play good and entertain every one EVERY ONE WANT MORE MONEY... GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE PLAYER............

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Actions have consequences.

Posted by Hasun888 on (February 16, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

IPL is a great concept...but the international players are only in it for the money....the fact that there is a limit on the number of international players on a team creates imbalanced teams....allows ppl like Gayle to score a 100 in 30 balls & and Yusuf in 37...it's far from a competitive experience...it purely entertainment...I feel sad that Hafeez wants Pakistan to play IPL...they are doing great as a team...also getting good time to spend with family...and not having insane money spoiling them

Posted by Meraj_Usmani on (February 16, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

in my opinion cricket is real far away from politics at the moment everyone knows Pakistan players are good players i think BCCI and PCB should solve this problem it is too late this year hope they can play in ipl 2015 it would be great having them in ipl. Pakistani player should be consider in IPL.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Hafeez: & good money too...

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Why not PCB start a league of its own in UAE untill cricket returns to Pakistan. This will groom our players as well as it will generate some revenue. IPL is much longer, this league should be shorter

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

in my opinion cricket is real far away from politics at the moment everyone knows Pakistan players are good players i think BCCI and PCB should solve this problem it is too late this year hope they can play in ipl 2015 it would be great having them in ipl

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

hafiz, why dont u tell directly,that u want earn money from IPL?? what are the spcl experience u get from IPL?

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

What Hafeez said - "and there is so much to LEARN from it" What Hafeez meant - "and there is so much to EARN from it"

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

Stressed relations b/w the should be the reason why pakistan players are not allowed to play in the ipl. Pak are T20 specialist and should be given a chance to take part in this huge cricketing carnival.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 16, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

I think its a loss from both the sides no matters what the fans says. Ipl has grown rapidly and if pakistani players r included it wil be even more successful since they have few wonderful t20 players. At the same time pak players are loosing big money and also experience of playing against all great players from the all cricket playing nations

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 16, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

As pakistani we want to see our player in IPL...because they performed very well in T-20 cricket...if BCCI call us then should to go......

Posted by MianMoosa on (February 16, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

IPL is missing mighty bowling line up of Pakistan, imagine the likes of ajmal, afridi, irfan, gul, junaid hafeez etc, THey are best in shorter version,s if not in test, IPL standards will rise further

Posted by stormy16 on (February 16, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

I do understand the political sensitiveness between the two nations but surely that is what sport is there for? The BCCI is increasingly showing the lack of understanding of the 'spirit of sport' so this doesnt come as a surprise but I for one would love to see the Pakistan players in the IPL. That is the beauty of sport.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (February 16, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Pak players have huge fan following in India. It was evident from the fact when in Common Wealth Games which were held in New Delhi, Pak teams/ officials had got the 2nd highest loudest applause (of course after Ind) out of 70+ countries taking part.

Everyone knows BCCI is expert in making money. So allowing Pak players to play in IPL will only result in MORE MONEY as it will involve more and more viewers.

So the reason Pak players are not in IPL is because of tensions between Ind and Pak governments.

Posted by Tmalik on (February 16, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

IPL missing best of T20, but looks like Hafeez missing more on easy money, :) it is blessing in disguise for Pakistan... show by winning T20 WC, actions are louder than words, this would be answer to Hafeez......

Posted by KarmatBaig on (February 16, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Even if Pakistani players get permission to play IPL, I guess not more than 4 to 5 will get the bidding offer. Afridi was a huge failure when he played IPL with his performance and attitude, probably Hafeez, Ajmal & Umer Gul might get a franchise. Umer Akmal is not even good for any Pakistan team, as he has gone downhill instead of being a regular member of the team and is huge example of over confidence.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

hafeez ur a good player as well good reputation in pakistan cricket leave this matter on pcb,dont discuss this matter in such away,we pakistanis whole nation proud of our player ,we like u people so much

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (February 16, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I think the IPL is far poorer without Pakistani players. It is obviously too late for this year but I hope whatever the issues are that are causing this problem, are resolved in time for next year's IPL & we can see Pakistani stars like Hafeez back in the tournament. Our mutual love of cricket brings our two nations together & promotes peace more than anything else!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Just let it be like it was Hafeez, No need any experience. without it Team Pakistan won T-20 world cup already and one time they were semi finalist as well. why u need to bring bottles necks when the river flows so nicely. from SL fan.

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

I do feel for these guys atleast ajmal and hafeez deserve to play in the ipl if not anybody else. Come on bcci leave the politics out. and this is an indian commenting about letting pak players play ipl.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 16, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

IPL is surely missing Ajmal and Afridi

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