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IPL and Pakistan

On 19 January 2010 during the IPL auction none of the 11 Pakistan players was picked up by any of the eight franchisee teams. This set off reactions in Pakistan.
Lalit Modi, IPL Commissioner, said teams did not select any Pakistan player and only one player from Australia was selected. Team owners said they were not convinced of the availability of Pakistani players for the entire season or they had some other players in mind and such things. It was clear it was decided beforehand not to bid for Pakistani players. Pakistani players had faced visa problems in December 2009. That was the foretaste of things to come. If Pakistani players were not to be selected they should not have been included in the list. Pakistani players were angry. Many Pakistanis were angry and considered it insult of Pakistan. Pakistan had won 2020 championship in 2009. Pakistan cancelled the visit of its parliamentary delegation to India. Pakistani sports minister spoke to India’s sports minister Mohinder Singh Gill who said IPL is a commercial enterprise and the government has nothing to do with it. Lalit Modi’s effigy was burnt in Pakistan.
The repercussions of not bidding for Pakistani players seem to affect many things other than cricket. There was talk of Pakistan boycotting Hockey World Cup in India but the idea was given up as it is a World Federation event. IPL telecast will not be allowed in Pakistan. There is demand to ban Indian films. Pakistan Kabaddi Federation cancelled India tour. Pakistan team was to play five matches in Inida.
Not many believe that the Government of India had nothing to do with the non-selection of Pakistani players. In 2009 Pakistan did not allow its players to play in IPL due to security reasons. If it had been announced before hand that Pakistani players will not be part of the auction due to security reasons it would not have been a problem. It could have been done in December by refusing visas. They were given visas after due date and were hopeful that they will be selected for IPL.
The controversy was avoidable. Care should be taken that such things do not happen in the future.
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  1. according to my opinion owner of every team never select pakistani cricketer if they select him,then cricketer will be paid by owner then this money using in terrorist activity against our country afterall our money using in killing of our brother and sister so i think it is matter of patriotism

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