Pak­istan play­ers back from the cold with seven on In­dian Premier League short­list

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SEVEN Pak­istan play­ers have made the cut for the next In­dian Premier League auc­tion af­ter the lift­ing of their com­pe­ti­tion ban, while fresh English tal­ent is con­spic­u­ously ab­sent from the 51-man short­list.

Pak­istan play­ers were banned from the last IPL be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal fall­out from the Mum­bai ter­ror­ist at­tacks, but have been al­lowed back in for the third edi­tion of the lu­cra­tive Twenty20 league, to be played from March 12 to April 25.

Pak­istan’s Twenty20 cap­tain, Shahid Afridi, bat­ting sen­sa­tion Umar Ak­mal and fast-im­prov­ing pace­man Mo­ham­mad Aamir are among the short­listed Pak­istan play­ers named, along with spinner Saeed Aj mal , hard-hit­ting open­ing bats­man Im­ran Nazir and all-rounders Rana Naved and Ab­dul Raz­zaq.

While Pak­istan play­ers missed out last sea­son, Eng- land play­ers look like be­ing ab­sent from the forth­com­ing cam­paign.

None was on the short­list for the Jan­uary 19 auc­tion, with IPL com­mis­sioner Lalit Modi say­ing their ab­sence was due to “new con­di­tions im­posed by the ECB”.

The short­list re­leased on Thurs­day was said to be fi­nal, mean­ing even late ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the English and In­dian cricket boards – thought to cen­tre on the un­will­ing­ness of the ECB to have its play­ers ab­sent from the early part of its do­mes­tic sea­son – would go nowhere.

The auc­tion, in which fran­chises bid for play­ers based on an­nual salaries, will add new play­ers to the ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional mix of those on ex­ist­ing multi-year con­tracts.

Aus­tralia at­tracted the most play­ers in the new short­list with 11. It is fol­lowed by South Africa (9), Sri Lanka (8), West Indies (8), Pak­istan (7), New Zealand (4) and one each from Bangladesh, Canada, Hol­land and Zim­babwe.

The auc­tion al­lows teams to sup­ple­ment their squads, adding to play­ers on mul­ti­year con­tracts.

Short­listed SA play­ers in­clude Yusuf Ab­dulla, Zan­der de Bruyn, Justin Kemp, Rory Klein­veldt, Wayne Par nell, Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Lon­wabo Tsot­sobe, Jo­han van der Wath and Vaughn van Jaarsveld. Sapa-AP

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