Former Pakistan captain, Aamir Sohail, has demanded that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and government ensure local players can participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sohail, who was a former chief selector, and is now a well-known analyst and commentator, stated that it was sad to see only Pakistan players missing from the IPL.
“Players from all over the world are invited to take part in the competition. Why should only Pakistani players continue to be kept out of the IPL,” he questioned.
Sohail, also noted that the PCB should get a concrete answer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as to why Pakistan players are banned from playing in the tournament.
“The PCB and even the government should find out the cause for this issue. The PCB must ask the BCCI why only Pakistani players are not allowed to take part in the IPL. When our players can go and play in the World Series Hockey, I don’t understand why not in the IPL. No one appears to have a logical explanation for this,” he said.
BCCI vice president, Rajeev Shukla, stated that Pakistan players would only be given authorisation to play in the IPL once bilateral ties between the two nations improved.
“We have nothing against Pakistan if that was so we wouldn’t have allowed Pakistani umpires, commentators or coaches in the IPL,” Shukla had said.
Meanwhile, Sohail, also welcomed international cricket being brought back to home soil, after Bangladesh agreed to play an ODI and Twenty20 match in Lahore on 29 and 30 April.
“I think the PCB has done the right thing by inviting a foreign team to Pakistan because we need to get the ball rolling. It is a series where we should also try out our new players particularly fast bowlers,” he said.
With India and Pakistan trying to work relations out by planning a series between the two countries, Sohail, and many fans, may finally get their wish about Pakistani players being included in the IPL answered.