In­dian Premier league will miss Pak­istani crick­eters: Akram

The Pak Banker - - International -

KARACHI: The IPL will cer­tainly miss ex­cit­ing play­ers like Shahid Afridi and Ab­dul Raz­zaq: Wasim Akram

For­mer Pak­istan cap­tain Wasim Akram be­lieves the In­dian Premier league (IPL) will lose its gloss af­ter ig­nor­ing Pak­istani crick­eters, most of whom he stressed are counted among the best in the shorter ver­sion of the game.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a match fea­tur­ing spe­cial chil­dren here at the PIA Academy, the le­gendary pacer also took a swipe at the na­tional cricket au­thor­i­ties over their fail­ure to get IPL berths for the play­ers.

It is for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year that the Pak­istani crick­eters have been side­lined for the cash-rich Twenty20 league.

"There is lit­tle doubt about the pop­u­lar­ity of Pak­istani crick­eters in Twenty20 cricket," said Akram, re­garded among the great­est fast bowlers of all time. "That is why I be­lieve that the IPL will cer­tainly miss ex­cit­ing play­ers like Shahid Afridi and Ab­dul Raz­zaq."

Pak­istan has fea­tured in two fi­nals of the three ICC World Twenty20 cham­pi­onships held so far and are con­sid­ered to be a ma­jor force in the short­est for­mat of the game.

But IPL of­fi­cials have shown lit­tle in­ter­est in Pak­istani play­ers.

Pak­istan' cricket stars were not in­cluded in the auc­tion of 416 play­ers for next year's edi­tion of the IPL. The auc­tion will take place in Ban­ga­lore Jan 8-9

Al­though Pak­istani crick­eters took part in the inaugural IPL in 2008, they were forced out in 2009 due to se­cu­rity con­cerns in the wake of the Mum­bai ter­ror attacks and were ig­nored for this Twenty20 event.

IPL or­gan­is­ers have de­clared that Pak­istan' cricket au­thor­i­ties did not in­form them whether any of their play­ers were in­ter­ested in the fea­tur­ing in the league.

How­ever, Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed that the IPL or­gan­is­ers never kept them in the loop.

Akram lamented that a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the PCB and IPL or­gan­is­ers has de­prived Pak­istan's play­ers of an ex­cel­lent plat­form to ex­hibit their skills. -PB News

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