IPL's Pak recruits may get govt nod for CL T20

Pakistani cricketers contracted with the IPL franchises are likely to get government's permission to participate in the Champions League Twenty20.

updated: July 24, 2009 13:41 IST
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Pakistani cricketers contracted with the Indian Premier League franchises are likely to get government's permission to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in India in October, the company representing the players has claimed.

Salman Ahmed, who heads the company Portfolio World, said that the IPL teams taking part in the Champions League have no problem fielding their Pakistani players but it all depends on clearance from the governments.

"We are hopeful the players whose franchises are in the Champions League can play in India because the IPL franchises are keen to see Pakistani participation in the next IPL season in march, 2010 as well," Ahmed said.

Pakistani players could not play in the IPL's second season after the government advised the board not to send them to India because of the tense relations between the two countries following the Mumbai terror attacks last November.

He said clearance from Pakistan government would be sought once the franchises send a formal request for the players to play in the Champions League.

"When Tanvir played last month for Rajasthan in the charity match against Middlesex, they sent a formal request to the Pakistan board to clear him," Ahmed noted.

Rajasthan Royals, who will play in the Champions League, have several Pakistani players on its payroll including Sohail Tanvir and Kamran Akmal while Delhi Daredevils also have Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Asif.

Ahmed said though the Delhi team said they had terminated Malik's contract but the position was not clear as yet.

"Asif's contract was indeed terminated after he tested positive in the IPL dope tests last year and his financial issues have also been sorted out," he added.

Ahmed also said that flamboyant all-rounder, Shahid Afridi has been released by the Deccan Chargers after playing for them in the first season and would now be put up for trading in the next players auction.

"I can say this that teams are already quoting prices of up to USD one million for Afridi after his fantastic performance in the T20 World Cup," Ahmed said.