PCB wants Pakistani cricketers to play in IPL
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) new managing director Wasim Khan, after being seated in the role on Saturday, highlighted his focus areas of responsibility.
He expressed his wishes to meet and discuss with his arch rival counterparts at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to find out ways to improve the relationship between two conflicting nations.
Furthermore, Wasim Khan said he wants to see Pakistani cricketers being welcomed at the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I want to sit down with my counterpart at the BCCI and see if I can improve that relationship,” Wasim was quoted by the International Cricket Council website.
“But the complications go far beyond cricket and will require changes in thinking. I’d like to see Pakistan players welcomed into the IPL, though,” the 47-year-old added.
“That would be a big step,” he said.
Pakistan players featured only in the inaugural season of IPL but political tensions thereafter stopped their participation in the cash-rich league.
The Pakistani players that featured in IPL 2008 are – Shoaib Akhtar (Kolkata Knight Riders), Shoaib Malik (Delhi Daredevils), Shahid Afridi (Deccan Chargers), Younis Khan (Rajasthan Royals), Mohammad Asif (Delhi Daredevils), Kamran Akmal (Rajasthan Royals), Umar Gul (Kolkata Knight Riders), Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals), Mohammad Hafeez (Kolkata Knight Riders), Salman Butt (Kolkata Knight Riders), Misbah-ul-Haq (Royal Challengers Bangalore).
Pakistan, thereafter, since the inception of their own franchise based T20 tournament the Pakistan Super League, have been gaining cricketing boosts in the country.
Wasim Khan said, “As things stand, there will be eight games in the next PSL played in Pakistan. We hope the number of foreign players coming to Pakistan will gradually increase and they will pass on their positive experiences to their team-mates.”