The Indian Express Editorial has lashed out at the exclusion of Pakistan’s cricketers in the IPL auction, which has “damaged the special place cricket has held during even the worst phases in India-Pakistan ties”.

It is a moment when the older ethos of cricket, based on the domestic and international calendars, is contrasted with the go-getting flamboyance of the IPL franchisees, all too often a moment when the future reveals itself. On Tuesday, when a bunch of cricketers including the 11 Pakistanis went under the hammer, that possible future revealed itself to be heartless.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo