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Pakistan players hope PM discussed cricket on visit to India

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May 29, 2014

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Some of Pakistan's top players, including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar, have expressed hope that the issue of bilateral cricket ties with India was discussed by Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on his flying visit to the country.

Former Pakistan quick Akhtar pointed out that cricket had always played a big role in bringing the people of the two countries closer. "I am happy that our prime minister is in India and I hope cricket ties are discussed in these big meetings," Akhtar told PTI. "Because it is necessary to have bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

"It is particularly important for Pakistan, as whenever Pakistan and India play against each other these matches bring financial rewards for both boards and the PCB in particular needs a financial boost."

Akhtar said that he would also like to see the issue of Pakistan players in the IPL being resolved soon. "If things continue the way they are, I have a feeling by end of this year the Indians will take a decision on allowing our players in the IPL," he said.

Allrounder Afridi also wanted to see more India-Pakistan series' in future. "I hope with our prime minister also going to India, the Indian board responds positively and we see bilateral matches soon," he said.

Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan also backed the restoration of bilateral cricket ties. "Our prime minister himself has played cricket and is a keen student and follower of cricket, so I am sure this subject would have been discussed by him in these meetings," Younis said in Lahore.

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Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

I guess franchises are afraid to invest on pakistan players coz of ever lasting uncertainty of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. Nobody want to risk of dropping their foreign players (just in case if they have to and there is always that risk) after so much investment.

Posted by ak_dragon on (May 30, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

Adding Pakistani Players is just like some spice & flavors in your food.Nevertheless, the charm of IPL is about to finish. So who cares whether Pakistani player will play or not end ofh the story..!

Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

The IPL is a very important and popular tournament and it is a shame Pakistani cricketers don't have the privilege to play in it. The IPL has been very successful in getting players from different countries to participate. This allows the participating players to get experience playing against top players and develop their skills; while bringing in more moneys than their current salaries give them. It is very unfortunate Pakistani players lack this experience. If there is a new bowler emerging through the IPL, then while the other players will have gotten a chance to play him, he will rip through Pakistan because they have no previous experience playing him. The whole world plays IPL, not even allowing Pakistan to schedule a series with a country because of them lacking players due to their participation. If Pakistan is allowed to play in next year's IPL, the whole country's cricket will improve, giving young players a chance to emerge and more senior players a chance to practice.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 Because in our country every person has a right to say whatever he or she wants.

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 29, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

I beleive it is very selfish of the players to beg for playing in the IPL. They worry too much about Indo dollars and thats what is hurting them. But if they are allowed to play in IPL, these top players will be making a lot more money, will make them respect their own cricket even less. Their attitudes will change, much like chris gayle and statements like "I wont be too sad if test cricket dies would become a common thing. I therefore reject this idea. Besides, why would we want to always be on the mercy of someone else? India has refused to take our players like they are doing now, what is going to stop them from doing so again? If they are using cricket as a political tool then the best way is to develope our own T20 tournament. That will make the cricket board alot of money and the players also and will make us self sufficient. It is simply not cricket when cricket is reduced to petty politics, in my humble opinion.

Posted by Taimor-016 on (May 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

The idea of playing in IPL is not to just earn heavy salaries, it also gives the chance to young players to show their talent to the world. We all know how many youngsters India have been able to produce due to the presence of IPL.

Same goes for Pakistan. For young players, it is the most important league. However, for all the senior players (including players from Australia, South Africa etc..), it gives them an opportunity to play Cricket once they are retired and get well paid.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (May 29, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

While I am not sure cricket was discussed this time between Mr Nawaz Sheriff and Mr Modi, I think it is only a matter of time before we have the pleasure of seeing Pakistan's players in the IPL as the once were. Pakistan has always had some of the most talented youngsters in the game and I am sure the IPL will be richer for their presence. I hope both the countries realise that cricket is not politics. It is like having good economic relations. When there is profit everything will be forgotten.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

@Bhas Ernesto...why do u think so? Pakistan is a top ranked team in International T20s and have some of the best 20 20 cricketers. This may help in raising the standard in IPL.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Pakistan players should not allow to play in IPL matches.Only bilateral series only played.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

IPL is good for some top players as it gives them opportunity to earn good money and young promising Indian players to play with and against big names and in future have the opportunity to represent their country. However, from point of view of cricketing passion I am not attracting to it as it has an impact on both international and domestic cricket of other countries. What would be more interesting is that each country have their own domestic T20 involving majority of local nationals (at least 9) like in England and then there being super league say, two top teams from each major cricketing nation (India, Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan, West Indies and Newzealand). To this perhaps Bangladesh and another minnow can be added. This would make it far more interesting and attract cricketing fans throughout the world. It would also be a money earner both for players and cricketing boards thus enabling them to develop cricket to high standards in their respective countries

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