‘This IPL problem is something that our cricket board should look into and resolve’, says Mohammad Hafeez

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“It is strange that for years now Pakistani players have not been allowed to play in the IPL because it is a world class league and there is so much to learn from it”

Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to try and convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow Pakistani players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) once again.

“It is strange that for years now Pakistani players have not been allowed to play in the IPL because it is a world class league and there is so much to learn from it,” Hafeez told Pakistan’s Express newspaper. “I played in the first season of the IPL and I got a chance to share the dressing room with greats like Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Pointing and it was a great learning experience. I believe that what our players are missing out the most is this aspect of playing in the IPL.”

Hafeez also admitted that he no longer follows the IPL since there are no Pakistani players participating.

“It is no use taking interest in a thing you are not part of,” he said. “But this IPL problem is something that our cricket board should look into and resolve. Because it is a world class event and every player wants to take part in such an event where the big crowds only add to the fun and excitement.

“My belief has always been to keep politics and sports apart.”

Meanwhile, Hafeez also conceded that the national team will be pushed to their limits when they face India in the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month.

“I know that we have not performed well against India in ICC events but I believe for good or bad the past should be past,” he said. “This is a new event and obviously we will go into the match against India with lots of passion and will to win.”

Despite having India, Australia and the West Indies, who are the defending champions, in their group, Hafeez is confident that Pakistan “can go all the way this time”.

“We have beaten all these teams in the past and I think we have a top-class T20 squad that is capable of defeating anyone,” he said. “So definitely I am not under any pressure because of the strong group or India and I think we can go all the way this time.”

 

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