Indian players to be extended PPL invite: Zaka Ashraf

Published: June 6, 2012
“Politics should be kept separate from sports because it’ll hurt Pakistan’s image."  PHOTO: FILE

“Politics should be kept separate from sports because it’ll hurt Pakistan’s image." PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Premier League (PPL) looks a distant possibility – the planning is kept behind closed doors and the dates are not fixed yet. However,  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf has confirmed that an invite will be sent out to Indian players for the event’s maiden edition.

“It’s up to them whether they want to take part or not but the PCB will send out an invitation,” Ashraf told The Express Tribune. “My aim is to do whatever I can to put the relations between the two boards back on track because the fans want to see Pakistan and India in action.”

Meanwhile, Ashraf blasted the Punjab government and said the unwanted interference – bringing down a wall of Gaddafi Stadium – could harm Pakistan’s image and also the prospects of holding PPL matches in the province.

“Politics should be kept separate from sports because it’ll hurt Pakistan’s image. We are trying to launch the revival of international cricket here and the Punjab government is doing such things. We can’t even think of hosting an international team or a league match in Punjab in the current scenario.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Kaleem
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:02AM

    I did not expect punjab govt praises from zardari’s friend anyway. you are losing the respect which i had initially in post-butt era


  • Aka
    Jun 7, 2012 - 6:31AM

    What nonsense…do u think foreign players wil tour pak by putng their life in risk??noo…even if pcb organize ppl in UAE indian top players wont participate maybe 2nd rated indian players may play…bt i hope they wont play coz they r getng big bucks 4m ipl..


  • Noor
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Why are we so adamant for IPL????????????


  • Faiz
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Joke of the day ..y would Indian players earning in crores will come to a play here..Recommend

  • Aka
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:43PM

    ipl is bigest t20 tournament in d world


  • THE
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:03PM

    Zaka Ashraf is proving to be a ignorant of the ground realities and it seems like he is working on a one point agenda and that’s to engage India somehow or another. There are several other teams that Pakistan should be playing series with etc but this chairman has blinders on with India written on them.


  • ashok sai
    Jun 7, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Its better for Indian players to play Duleep, Ranji, etc. matches, after all they will be sure of what bowled against them is a Cricket ball not a grenade !


  • GhostRider
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:12PM

    @Ashok sai: Please dont inflate your ego too much…standard of cricket in Pakistan is at par with India…infact ours is much better in many senses….inclusion or no inclusion of Indian player is not going to affect the quality of cricket in Pakistani league….infact if Indian bowlers are picked our bowling standards might deteriorate.


  • Singh
    Jun 7, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @ashok sai:
    No matter what there are lot of good people too. Every one in Pakistan is not a Zaid Hamid. I have lot of Pakistani friends here in US. And they are good human being. It is same as every Indian is not a ashok sai. So please keep some normal sense in your comments. So much hatred for anything is against your Dharma.

  • antony
    Jun 7, 2012 - 7:50PM

    @Singh, In fact the last comment by ashok sai is such a sensible comment which you cant read it clearly from America . He says Its better to play in Indian soil even for a local trophy because in pakistan you never know what is thrown into the ground from spectators and it could very well be grenade looking at Srilankan tourist episode! … Either pakistanis should counter this fear by quoting new games held with top notch security for international players ..Or just accept the statement from people like ashok sai and wait for things to improve.! Remember the comment never pointed about quality of cricket in pakistan!!


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