PCB chairman Ejaz Butt has claimed that the decision to snub Pakistani cricketers at the third Indian Premier League auction was part of a conspiracy to not allow them exposure before the Twenty20 World Cup.
Butt held IPL commissioner Lalit Modi responsible for the embarrassment and humiliation caused to Pakistani players.
“The fact is these people didn’t want our players to get practice and exposure before the World Cup which is being held after the IPL in India,” Butt said on a show on a private television channel.
Asked whether he was directly blaming the Indian cricket Board for the IPL fiasco, Butt questioned: “Tell me who is Lalit Modi, he is vice President of the Indian cricket Board and the IPL is part and parcel of the Indian board.”
“I blame Lalit Modi because he gave me promises and assurances and then ditched us. He didn’t even properly inform the franchises that we have assurances from our government that this time our players would not be stopped from going to India for the IPL third season,” Butt said.
Pakistan are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup this year and ironically last year won the title in England after the IPL was held in South Africa where no Pakistani player could took part.