IPL: A story of continuing insults for Pakistan

This is the fourth time we have been rejected. Apparently we'll just keep going back for more.

Raja Yousuf February 12, 2012
This is not the first time that politics has intruded the Pakistan-India cricket scene. In fact, this is the fifth time that Pakistan has been snubbed by the Indian Premier League. As the diplomatic war between the rivals wages on, the Pakistani players are excluded. Unfortunately, the Pakistani authorities remain cooperative and apologetic; they don't feel the insult, but instead keep going back for more rejection. 

First IPL:

Pakistani players knocked the tournament and Sohail Tanvir was the leading wicket taker. But when Shoaib Akhtar complained fabout not receiving the contracted amount, he became the bad boy.

Second IPL:

India accused Pakistan of involvement in the Mumbai attacks, and the Pakistani cricket players paid the price when they were banned from the league. When Shahrukh Khan opposed the ban, he was threatened by Shiv Sena during the screening of his film “My name Is Khan".

Third IPL:

The Pakistani players were invited to take part in the bidding process where they were badly snubbed. Out of the 11 Pakistani players, which included Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul, none were selected.What can be more insulting than inviting these players and then refusing all of them, even when they were badly needed?

Fourth IPL:

Nothing changed for Pakistan, and no Pakistani cricketers were included in the IPL. What amazes me is that despite this development, Wasim Akram agreed to coach the Kolkata Night Riders. Doesn't representing Pakistan mean that if one unit is rejected, the others should boycott the league as well? It is a pity that Akram did not decline the offer.

Fifth IPL:

The ban continued this time as well. But when I heard that Azhar Mahmood was bought for $200,000 I was more shocked than humiliated. How could he play for a country that is actively rejecting his teammates? What inspired Mahmood to present his British passport to the league and beg to be included? Was it in the spirit of diplomacy, or for monetary gain?

Lalit Modi recently admitted that the BCCI exerted undue pressure on the franchise for not selecting Pakistani players. He said in an interview to CNN-IBN that “arm-twisting happened by senior BCCI officials that nobody should pick them". This shows that our players were not shunned based on merit, but due to an internal plot to keep them out.

Avijit Ghosh, senior editor at The Times of India said:
Undeniably this is a shameful episode in Indian cricket history. And if it is a question of politics, then Indian authorities should have been upfront and open about it. Lalit Modi should at least say sorry to the Pakistani players.

If the Indian government can take their dignity so seriously then why can't we? This is the fourth time we have been affronted, but it seems that we are planning to do nothing about it. We vigorously give lectures about self-respect and dignity, but when it comes to Pakistan’s esteem, we do nothing.

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Raja Yousuf An MBA graduate and a cricket Fanatic
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


PakMan Awais | 10 years ago | Reply Since we are talking about terrorism, India needs to understand that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was not responsible for the Mumbai attacks and the only people India can blame is the terrorists because they carried out the attacks not Pakistan. also the Terrorist group behind the attacks are also responsible for many bombings in Pakistan as well which have cost lots of lives so the group is threat to both countries. India will keep on blaming Pakistan but even though the fact is that only a few messed up, deluded idiot Pakistani's carried out the attacks and lots of people in Pakistan say those people aren't even Pakistani because of there actions and Pakistani are not meant to do such tragic thing. India needs to understand that even though majority of the 9 11 hijackers where Saudi citizens America still did not blame Saudi Arabia for the attacks instead they attacked Iraq for Financial Gain. also same with India and Pakistan not all of the citizens of both of these countries can be controlled and Thats a fact India has to accept and stop blaming Pakistan. India should be blaming the terrorists and not the over 180 million strong innocent Pakistanis who had nothing what so ever to do with the attacks.
Fawad | 10 years ago | Reply @cosmo: Pakistan did not celebrate for what happened in Mumbai, we are as human as any other country's citizen. Excluding Pakistani players is out of a political reaction. Why blame Pakistan for everything. We are already a hurt economy, don't you think we have better things to do. I guess u have forgotten about the attack on the Lankan team in Lahore. Did Pakistan blame India for that. Pakistan is already fighting a war against terror which has turned out to be more of a civil war. We have enough problems to worry about and so does India. Pakistan playing in the IPL would bring the 2 countries closer. I have had Indian friends and they were not much different than us Pakistanis. Pakistan had it's time and is facing economical and social problems, but inshAllah Pakistan will revive again. PPL will come soon, and if India wants to play we will let them and see let the best sportsmen win.
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