Now Modi is not even picking up my call: Ejaz Butt
The controversy of not choosing the Pakistan Players by the IPL owners has now lead into a new problem.
The PCB Chief Mr. Ejaz Butt said to the news that Lalit Modi had assured that the Pakistan Players will surely play in IPL 3.
He has told that he is upset with the approach and says that the IPL commissioner has betrayed him.
He also quoted that he was in close contacts with Modi and had several discussions on the participation of players in IPL 3 and says that Lalit Modi had assured that all his players will play this year.
“He is not answering my calls. But we will take up the matter with the Indian board,” Mr Butt said. Eleven Pakistan cricketers, including its Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Rana Naved and Umar Akmal had registered for the IPL auction but none of the eight IPL franchises bid for them.
Disappointed at the way the players were snubbed, veteran cricketer Javed Miandad called on the ICC to take control of Twenty20 tournament. “It’s nothing less than humiliation, not only of our cricketers but the whole nation,” Miandad, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s director of operations said.
“When we call IPL an ICC approved tournament, it should mean that at least all the test playing countries will get a substantial representation in the event.” Pakistan’s main opposition PML-N MPs decided to boycott any official visit from New Delhi and asked the government to snap all sporting ties with India. Senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is also Leader of Opposition, announced his party’s stance while speaking in the National Assembly.
Officially, none of the franchisee heads ET spoke to on Wednesday were willing to come on record on the Pakistan issue. But most were of the opinion that they had been given ‘signals’ to stay away from the Pakistani players. The head of one franchisee team said: “None of us are comfortable about having the Pakistani players because it’s too risky. It was playing on our minds for a long time, and we don want unnecessary controversies.”
Another franchisee head said: “Our choice of players is more a commercial decision than anything else. How can we sink in money on players whose participation in the tournament is uncertain?” The official added: “Last year the Pakistanis did not play IPL. It made no huge difference to our team.
Source: Economic Times