Keeping Pakistan Players Out of IPL is Hurting India's Image: Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi says Pakistan has always supported Indian cricket and wants cordial relations with the neighbours. Keeping Pakistan players out of IPL though, he says, is detrimental to Indian cricket's image worldwide.

updated: May 24, 2014 10:21 IST
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Karachi: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels Indian cricket's image has taken a hit worldwide due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers' decision to keep players from his country out of the Twenty20 event.

Talking to reporters in Lahore, the former captain said it was strange to see that while cricketers from all over the world were in the IPL, only Pakistani players were being sidelined by the Indian authorities.

"It is a setback for Pakistani players but overall it is the image of Indian cricket that has suffered because of this policy," Afridi said. (Also read: Was Umar Akmal approached to fix matches in 2012?)

Afridi said Pakistan has always supported Indian cricket and even now was putting its hand out to have normal and cordial relations.

"I have always said that not only through politics but even through cricket, relations between the two countries can improve a lot," he asserted.

Afridi also talked about his future plans insisting he might quit playing one-day internationals after the 2015 World Cup.

"I will take a decision than on what to do after looking at my fitness and performances. But there is no doubt that this World Cup is of great importance and significance for senior players like myself."

"Maybe after the World Cup I might decide to just focus on playing T20 cricket," Afridi said.

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