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Hurt Pak players to 'avoid' IPL in future: Team sources
PTI
Karachi, January 21, 2010
First Published: 13:28 IST(21/1/2010)
Last Updated: 13:57 IST(21/1/2010)

Hurt Pakistani cricketers have decided to "avoid" the Indian Premier League until Indo-Pak diplomatic ties don't normalise, sources in the team revealed on Thursday.

The players, who didn't find a buyer in the third IPL auction on Tuesday, held a meeting in Brisbane, where the team will play an ODI series against Australia. They decided it was best to ignore the event at least for the time being.

"The players unanimously decided to avoid playing in the IPL in future and until at least relations between the two countries normalised," one source said.

"The players were pretty upset that no franchise was willing to bid for them and they all felt this was a planned move by the IPL and franchises to humiliate them publicly," the source said.

The source said the players agreed to not play in the IPL until bilateral cricket ties resume between the two countries.

He said the players are also concerned about the non-payment of their dues for the one-day series they played against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite the passage of two months.

"The players have not received their match and tour fees for the three one day matches and two Twenty20 internationals," one source confirmed.


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