Shukla believes there is still hope for bilateral ties between the two nations to start up again
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President, Rajeev Shukla, has announced that Pakistan players will continue to be banned from the Indian Premier League (IPL), until the resumption of bilateral ties with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Shukla, however, stated that there was no hatred towards Pakistan, and that he also felt extremely saddened that players from the country could not be part of the entertaining tournament.
“No one is against Pakistan or Pakistani players in India or else we would not have allowed Pakistani commentators or umpires in the IPL 5 season. The reality is that everything is tied to the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries. Once that happens I think everything will happen automatically,” Shukla said.
Tie between the two boards fell apart, after Pakistani militants launched a series of terrorist attacks in India.
However, the Daily Times, has reported that the BCCI and PCB are in constant contact about the resumption of bilateral ties.
“We are in touch with them and I must say the PCB and its new chairman have made all the right moves to get the ball rolling. But until something definite happens It would not be proper for me to comment on when we can resume playing cricket again,” he added.
Shukla, also said that all hope is not lost however, since there have been serious talks about the inclusion of Pakistan’s Twenty20 champions, the Sialkot Stallions, in the Champions League.
“If we [are talking] about the Champions League, then just wait and see for a few months. I don’t think we should be pessimistic about Indo-Pak bilateral relations, remain optimistic … Pakistani players have special talents and everyone likes to see them play. But we need to be patient and wait for good things to happen,” he said.