'Pakistani players should be allowed to play in IPL'

Top spinner says he definitely will like to play in lucrative league

LAHORE – Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he would definitely like to get an opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League in the future and hoped the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) looks into the matter.

Talking about the continued absence of the Pakistani players in the lucrative T20 league, Ajmal said that the organisers and the India’s cricket board needed to review their stance on this situation. “They have to look to give Pakistanis a chance to play in the IPL,” he said.

“When there are former Pakistani players present as coaches and umpires why are the present players missing. If the IPL classes itself as the best T20 tournament in the world, then it should allow the best players from any country to take part,” Ajmal told a news website.

“I just think this is something for the authorities to sort out and I hope there is a change of stance in the future as I definitely would like to have a chance to play in the IPL,” the spinner said. Earlier this week, all-rounder Shahid Afridi also said that it was disappointing that Pakistani players were not being allowed to play in IPL.

By keeping Pakistani players out of the league, Indian cricket's image had suffered, the outspoken cricketer told reporters. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram – who is on the coaching panel of the Kolkata Knight Riders – also called for the restoration of regular matches between Pakistan and India.

Pakistani players appeared for nearly every franchise in the first edition of the IPL in 2008 but after the Mumbai attacks, the event organisers and the Indian board stopped inviting them for the mega event. “We will be ready for World Cup 2015,” Ajmal said when asked why Pakistan couldn't defeat India in the World Cup events.

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