Pakistani cricketers could participate in this year’s Indian Premier League despite the bad blood generated by the IPL franchises’ snub to them at the auction, says the sports management company representing a number of players here.
A senior official of the company said he has got indications from friends in India that the IPL had been taken aback by the reaction from Pakistan after the players were snubbed by franchises at the auction.
India Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Bollywood star and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan have conceded that the Pakistani players could have treated in a better manner at the auction.
“There are signs that the IPL commissioner Lalit Modi might find a way to open a door for franchises to sign on Pakistani cricketers even for this season,” Salman Ahmed of Portfolio World company said.
IPL chairman Lalit Modi today said he would be
speaking with the Pakistan Cricket Board to sort out matters over the players’ auction controversy and franchises can still pick Pakistani players as substitutes.
Official sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that despite furore created by the snub to Pakistani cricketers at the IPL auction, it was still willing to patch up with the Indian board.
“We have always said that there should be normal bilateral cricket relations between the two countries and sports should not be mixed with politics,” one official said.
“If Modi is willing to accept that our players were not treated properly and fairly and move forward, we can also reciprocate,” another official added.
Afridi open to IPL
Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi says he has gotten over the anger and hurt he felt at being “snubbed” in the Indian Premier League auction and is open to playing the Twenty20 event in future.
Afridi said if an opportunity came his way, he would like to play in India in the Champions League or IPL in future.