Absence of Pak players will affect IPL: Rameez, Waqar
Waqar Younis and Rameez Raja believe that the high-profile Indian Premier League has lost some of its charm this season due to the absence of Pakistani cricketers from it's second edition and the event's relocation to South Africa.cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2009 19:10 IST
Waqar Younis and Rameez Raja believe that the high-profile Indian Premier League has lost some of its charm this season due to the absence of Pakistani cricketers from it's second edition and the event's relocation to South Africa.
The former Pakistan skippers were of the view that the cash-rich Twenty20 event will suffer due to its relocation out of India this year as cricket fans back home identified themselves with their respective city teams.
"I have no doubt that the IPL still remains a top event but because it is being held in South Africa it will take some time before the tournament gains momentum this time," Rameez said.
"This time it will take time before fans in South Africa start identifying themselves with the teams," he said.
The Pakistan government restricted its cricketers from participating in the IPL this year after diplomatic relations with India deteriorated in the wake of last year's Mumbai terror attacks.
To add to that, by the time the Twenty20 event was shifted to South Africa after Indian government refused to provide adequate security as it clashes with the general elections, all the eight franchises either suspended or their contracts with the Pakistani players.
However, Rameez had no doubt that the league had helped Indian cricket immensely in many ways.