Pakistani cricketers ignored again for IPL

Published: December 21, 2010
No Pakistani featured in list of 416 to be auctioned in Bangalore for the fourth edition of T20 tournament.

No Pakistani featured in list of 416 to be auctioned in Bangalore for the fourth edition of T20 tournament.

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan’s cricketers will continue to miss out on the Indian Premier League (IPL) bonanza after none of them were included in the auction for next year’s money-spinning event, organisers said on Tuesday.

No Pakistani featured in a list of 416 players whose services will be auctioned in Bangalore on January 8-9 for the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament, which is to be held in April and May. Pakistani cricketers took part in the inaugural IPL in 2008, but were forced out of the 2009 edition due to security concerns in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, and were then ignored for the 2010 tournament.

An IPL official said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had not forwarded any names for the January auction. “The rules stipulate that a player must apply through his home board if he wanted to be put up for the auction. No names were received from Pakistan,” the official told AFP.

Some top stars from other countries opted out. The Australian trio of captain Ricky Ponting, his deputy Michael Clarke and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson chose to give the event a miss. Other notable absentees include former Australian stars Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath.

The former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who signed for 1.55 million dollars with the Chennai Super Kings in 2009, has retired. But ex-West Indian captain Brian Lara, 41, who was not part of the first three editions, has thrown his hat in the ring despite bowing out of international cricket in April 2007.

Other first-timers include England’s Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy and Luke Wright. The eight founder franchises will be joined by two new teams from Kochi and Pune for the auction. Twelve players who were retained by their franchises will not feature in the auction. Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka were retained by the Mumbai Indians.

Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings kept Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and South African all-rounder Albie Morkel. The Aussie duo of Shane Warne and Shane Watson were retained by Rajasthan Royals, while Delhi Daredevils kept Virender Sehwag and Bangalore Royal Challengers retained Virat Kohli.

The tournament, due to run from April 8 to May 22, will be the first without the IPL’s chief architect Lalit Modi, who was thrown out by the Indian board over accusations about his conduct. The Indian board has registered a criminal case against him for the misappropriation of Rs4.68 billion ($106 million) and he also faces a government probe over alleged financial irregularities.

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  • Dec 21, 2010 - 1:50PM

    I sometimes feel that Pakistani goverment should strictly take into account this action of Indian Cricket board. We should ban IPL in Pakistan and protest at international level and ICC. IPL IS UNDER DESTRUCTION TRACK AND IF IT CONTINUES TO SHOW RACISM AGAINST PAKISTAN, IT WILL FINALLY FINISH. Recommend

  • M.K
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:10PM


    Look at the reason why they were not included. PCB did not forward any names. Dont just blabber. The news paper is also guilty here, it says ‘ignored’, but by whom?
    If you read correctly by PCBRecommend

  • Anoop M
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:32PM

    If IPL borad has deliberately done this , I also condemn this arrogant behaviour of BCCI . This is no way to show your anger on some thing un-related to cricket . But as the news item says that PCB themselves have not forwarded any names to IPL , then it is a different matter .Hope reasons come out clearly .Recommend

  • rizwan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:46PM

    why didn’t our board forward the names?? Recommend

  • Daubic
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:49PM

    Mr FarhanKhanVirk, All these suggestions are fine if your players are clean. But they are dominating the world cricket on the underworld side. They involved in match fixing , ball tampering, ball biting, instant spot fixing etc….. I am not sure How the team members of Pakistan were able to find a new way of cheating in Cricket.

    Moreover, your suggestion that IPL is under destruction track does carry any value as your players are desperate to play in it. Look into the first interview given by Younis Khan after Pakistan won the world T20. We are world champions and hence we want more from IPL as our market values are higher. This interview would define what you team is after and their desperate attempt to play for IPL to earn money.Recommend

  • vasan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 3:20PM

    FarhanKhanVirk; IPL is a commercial venture and can include whom they want. PLEASE FOR HEAVENS SAKE READ THE ARTICLE FULLY, And then go and vent out your feelings on PCB. By the way did u know they were betting on whether IPL will include pakistani players or notRecommend

  • Sandeep
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:14PM


    …Mind reading the article again?Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 4:36PM

    Reply to Indian Community insulting Pakistani team :)
    you say Pakistani Cricketers are corrupt take a glance at Lalit Modi the IPL ‘S RECENT INCHARGE. It’s a fact Indian Premier league is at destruction track. You can blast Pakistani team but you can never change facts. Your whole board is corrupt. But the problem is it doesn’t come out because president of Icc is Indian and he pushes his best to make Pakistani team look bad. :)
    inner news: PCB didn’t forward their names because it was directed by Bcci and Ipl authorities.
    Racism still exists among our neighbours! :) Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 4:37PM


  • American
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:09PM

    Ghairat ! ghairat !!
    What about Ghairat !!!Recommend

  • ashok
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:18PM

    @Farhan Khan

    inner news: PCB didn’t forward their names because it was directed by Bcci and Ipl authorities*.”

    –> **I agree with you man.I would also like to add that it was BCCI which paid majid to direct that trio to give no balls. And i would even like to say that it is BCCI which is destabalizing PCB by making aizaz butt the president of PCB.Hail with the BCCI. Long live PCB. Poor butt and co. By the way Farhan how close are you with PCB?**

    “**you say Pakistani Cricketers are corrupt take a glance at Lalit Modi the IPL ‘S RECENT INCHARGE

    –> Again i agree with you.You indians you wouldn’t be able to find this lalit type of guy in PCB. I dare u all.And if you could find one what the hell can pakistani do other then wait for
    ICC to take some actions.

    “Your whole board is corrupt. But the problem is it doesn’t come out because president of Icc is Indian and he pushes his best to make Pakistani team look bad”

    –> Yes. I think Mr.pawar should have resigned the next day when that tabloid broke the news that butt and co. is responsible for the spott-fixing that way he could have won the hearts of our pakistani friends. But I must appreciate mr.shahyar khan under whose presiding of ICC no indian player was exposed like this one. He must be so kind.I wonder if some pakistani will allege him as pro-indian or may be he already has been.Recommend

  • Danish+S.
    Dec 21, 2010 - 8:00PM

    I don’t think Indian cricketers are the cleanest either. There were two confirmed bans on indian cricketers for corruption (Azharuddin and Jadeja). More recently there is the whole Lalit Modi saga and the news which totally went under the radar about Suresh Raina being spotted with some bookie connection. It was published in a UK tabloid just like many others about Pak players. Why didn’t this news make major headlines on Cricinfo or other cricketing news? Sure there was no “sting” operation and being merely spotted with a girl who’s associated with a bookie doesn’t make one a criminal. But who knows what happened behind closed doors? Why isn’t Raina being questioned by the ICC’s ACSU body? I think had it been a Pakistani player the entire world would have been up in arms about it. There would have been calls to ban Pakistan from international cricket; the player would have been suspended by the ICC and PCB would’ve revoked his central contract (of course I’m exaggerating a little to make a point). I’m no way saying that Pakistani players are angels, because they’re not. However there are still plenty of good Pakistani players who play for their country and nothing else (Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi comes to mind) and its absolutely ridiculous to call all of Pak cricketers cheats because of a few bad apples.Recommend

  • Muhammad Uzair
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:17PM

    Dudes… this article is incomplete… before PCB could put names for IPL, IPL has to ask for names… that means IPL has to invite boards to put in their players’ names… IPL did not do that… to sum up IPL is RACIST!Recommend

  • Muslim+Boy
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:58PM

    Did the prophet ever play cricket?
    I think cricket should be banned as well. Its blasphemyRecommend

  • Golden Horde
    Dec 22, 2010 - 5:25AM

    Every year india comes up with a new excuse for rejecting the pakistani players. And yet all of you pakistani will continue to watch indian movies in cinemas and at home!

    You deserve this treatment and humiliation because YOU are responsible for it. Dont blame india. Blame yourself.Recommend

  • Harish+S
    Dec 22, 2010 - 7:51AM

    IPL is Racist. PCB is corrupt.
    IPL did not fail because of Modi. Pakistan cricket failed because of its players
    Pawar didn’t come to Pakistan asking to be elected to ICC. Butt came to India asking for his butt to be saved
    You do not have any players that can be auctioned. You just have terrorists, gamblers and prayersRecommend

  • Suresh
    Dec 22, 2010 - 9:06AM

    What do you mean by racist? Both Indians and Pakistanis are the same race.Recommend

  • kamal
    Dec 22, 2010 - 10:07AM

    BCCI ignored Pakistani player or PCB did not forwarded the name..forget this.I just wanted to ask its a commercial venture where people are paying millions to own a team.Why on earth they should be forced to take a player whom they do’nt want? Its there decision?why Pakistani citizen should have problem in that??If team owner suffer loss whether these people commenting here will pay a penny???Recommend

  • Analyser
    Dec 22, 2010 - 10:41AM

    Once again it’s a commercial decision for the league not to include Pakistani players. Lets not make a big deal out of it like everyone did last time. Get used to being left out, no one wants to come here, and given the option, no one wants us to host us either. Recommend

  • Analyser
    Dec 22, 2010 - 10:43AM

    Once again it’s a commercial decision for the league not to include Pakistani players. Lets not make a big deal out of it like everyone did last time. Get used to being left out, no one wants to come here, and given the option, no one wants to host us either.Recommend

  • Harish+S
    Dec 22, 2010 - 4:54PM

    Indians and Pakistanis are not and will never be the same race. We are just in the same race.IPL 2 & 3 did well without Pakistani players. IPL 4 will do well too. We don’t need to facilitate players that will probably go back and contribute some of the money earned from IPL to some terrorist organizationRecommend

  • Khadija
    Dec 22, 2010 - 5:54PM

    The pakistanis and Indians are neither the same race nor the same people. What is IPL? Its bunch of Book makers betting on every single match yet the collective offense is ignored for money involved worldwide.Recommend

  • Dr+Dev+Mishra
    Dec 23, 2010 - 3:56AM

    Can I respectfully make a few points in this heated atmosphere-

    IPL and India are independent and can choose to invite who they want to, surely guests cannot force themselves in.
    If Pakistan and Pakistanis respect India and Hindus/ Sikhs, then surely the latter will bend over backward inviting them in.
    If Pakistan does not let Indian artistes or films in their country, then surely we in India should respect their decision as well.
    When we have been bombed and attacked repeatedly over the last 10-15 years by a particular country (Kargil, Parliament 2001, Akshardham temple, Mumbai stock exchange, Diwali blasts, Jaipur 2008, Mumbai- Kasab 2008 etc etc) then are we Indians not even allowed to show a bit of hurt and anger and allow ourselves even this simple choice of saying no, for a short time.

    After all, would a village hit by drones ever invite George Bush or his relatives for a conclave and pay them for it?

    And yet, the second loudest cheer in CWG this year went to the Pak team. Life is funny and sad. The loudest one went to our beloved ex President Dr Abdul Kalam, a muslim. Long live Indian secularism.

    Sorry if I offended, but it is better to speak simply and directly.

    My best wishes to all in Pak, we all hope you overcome the dark forces of fundamentalism in your country. I visited in the eightees and fondly remember the warm welcome offered to me.
    Dr Dev Mishra, India and UKRecommend

  • kamal
    Dec 23, 2010 - 10:00AM

    Khadija,if it is so bad then why ur players and people are so desprate to be a part of it??Create your own PPL(if you have the capability)..and do’nt allow Indian players in it(if they are willing to play)..Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2010 - 10:30AM

    I know IPL 2 and 3 did well without Pakistani Players and IPL$ will do well to but it is also fact due to the IPL Indian team reach only once in the final and pakistan has played 2 finals and one sami. it is strange that they make full practice of the T20 by Playing IPL before T20 world cup but didn’t reach the semis.
    I think Pakistani players don’t need to signs for the IPL from here onword as they are invited by the Australian T20 team and they can sign and play there and there are also other domestic tournament who are interested in Pakistani player only the Indian are not good for our players.Recommend

  • Dr+Dev+Mishra
    Dec 23, 2010 - 12:40PM

    Sorry if my above comment sounded harsh, but we did send our PM Vajpayee in the ninetees on a bus to Lahore to sign a peace treaty and he did recite some wonderful poetry there. All we got in return was Kargil (500 Indian and 1800 Northern Light Infantry dead).

    Maybe the Indian cricketers should sue the architect of Kargil and Mumbai 2oo8 attacks for lost earnings in IPL.

    Peace to all, Dr Dev Mishra, India and UKRecommend

  • Dec 23, 2010 - 1:20PM

    @Dr Dev Mishra : I think politic should be separated from games and as we all know that game brings both nation close to each other. that is what I have to say about your above replay where you have list against pakistan.Recommend

  • Dr+Dev+Mishra
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:45PM

    Dear Asim

    Thanks very much indeed for your very dignified response indeed. I agree, most ppl in India including myself were very much for Aman ki Asha and all types of human to human contacts. But there is a limit to hospitality and just like America after 9/11 acted tough against its perceived aggressors, so to we need time to breathe and to exercise a little anger.

    How difficult must it be for you ppl to rein in yr terror camps, Dawood Ibrahim etc and also teach your children and the general populace to respect all religions and races, and see how quickly we open our arms again.

    Believe it or not, most Indians do not consider Pak ppl to be very different, in a humane way we consider them to be just as different as the Gujratis or Tamils are to a northerner like myself.
    Peace brother. Dr Dev Mishra, London and IndiaRecommend

  • Manish
    Dec 31, 2010 - 11:19AM

    Last year many many and many pakistani including Shahid Afridi after the snub said “never play in India”. Its not even last year this year itself. Now you forget your national oaths and start all over again that why no Pakistani included in IPL ……….. you tend to forget what u said just a couple of months ago, he he.Recommend

  • Manish
    Dec 31, 2010 - 12:22PM

    @Danish+S. at least we did not kill BOB WOOLMER :PRecommend

  • Dec 31, 2010 - 12:55PM

    @Manish : Nor did you did that for your information.Recommend

  • Manish
    Jan 2, 2011 - 11:15AM

    @ Asim+Sajjad see what you wrote

    @Manish : Nor did you did that for your information,

    Thanks for the support ….. Recommend

  • Reddy
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:40AM

    @ Allah+rakha

    He will do a better job with this kind of understanding.Recommend

  • Majeed
    Jan 10, 2011 - 6:58PM

    we dont need pakistanis for IPL. they only pray and dont playRecommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 11, 2011 - 2:44PM

    People who still watch IPL have no taste in cricket or entertainment. Grow up, nobody outside india even cares about the IPL. It’s a profit driven league it cares not about cricket, fans or the game…it only cares about profit and making lots of it.

    We have our own domestic league and our own teams which are much better talent wise than indian IPL teams. Go Peshawar Panthers!Recommend

  • vasan
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:27PM

    Anwar: Sour grapes. People who watch Pakistan league are Cricket connoiseurs who bet on every limb movement of every pakistani player. Come on friend, give me a break, If u do not want to watch IPL , pl dont, We do not care., For your info, even I am not an IPL fan but definitely Pakistani league cricket is below even in IPL in my list to watch.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:08AM

    @Vasan, the fact you are on a Pakistani newspaper forum goes to show your insecurity not to mention Pakistanphobia. If you don’t watch, don’t…but to categorically say that T20 League in Pakistan is “below” IPL is somewhat ridiculous to say the least. The T20 League in Pakistan is backed by the PCB and is a recognized league in the ICC. It’s teams always rank top in the T20 world rankings, Sialkot Stallions have always been the World #1 T20 team. You’re not an IPL fan good for you, but don’t pass judgements on something you haven’t even seen. It’s a common known fact the T20 League in Pakistan can blow away any IPL team.Recommend

  • Asim Sajjad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:10PM

    @vasan : Nice to see persons like you who don’t see the IPL and making judgement Great to see the Judgement and your list don’t tell me about it as you don’t watch and fan of IPL and it tell how good is the List ;)Recommend

  • vasan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Hold on guys ie Anwar and Asim; I never passed judgement on Pakistani league cricket, It is just not in my list to watch and so is IPL and other league crickets of other countries., Where is pakphobia and Indophile business coming into this.Recommend

  • Asim Sajjad
    Jan 12, 2011 - 6:08PM

    @vasan : if you didn’t see the IPL then how can you says that Pakistan cricket league is lower then IPL even though you didn’t watch IPL. Recommend

  • ayaz ali unnar
    Jan 13, 2011 - 3:24PM

    jeo pakistan we all are pkistani and proud to be M AAMIR and if icc have any commetment about ammir we all are with m amir Recommend

  • rehan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Very very goood!!!!Recommend

  • Phatak
    Jan 26, 2011 - 8:05AM

    @SAIF UR REHMAN: What kind of respect are U talking about. Whole world knows pakistan as a country of terrorist.Recommend

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