No Pakistani player in Indian Premier League (IPL)

Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has confirmed that no Pakistan player would participate in the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

Modi also said they will not put any Pakistani player up for auction for the next edition of the twenty20 league which starts from April this year.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board has advised their players not to travel to India as the situation is not conducive for traveling amidst tension between the neighbouring nations.

“We have been informed by the foreign ministry today that the situation is not conducive for Pakistan cricketers to travel to India,” Sports Minister Aftab Jilani said on Monday.

On Saturday the sports minister had sent its recommendations on a note moved by the PCB to the President’s Secretariat for the final no objection certificate.

The PCB had moved the note to the Ministry seeking guidance after the IPL authorities asked it to confirm if Pakistani players were allowed by their government to take part in the IPL.

The IPL authorities had made it clear that if Pakistani players were stopped by their government from playing in the Twenty20 tournament they would not be paid anything but if they couldn’t take part in the league because of Indian government’s directive they would be fully compensated.

Five Pakistan cricketers-Yasir Hameed, Yasir Arafat, Asim Kamal, Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Hafeez-were due to appear in the IPL player auction at the Indian state of Goa on February 10.

The twenty20 extravaganza is starting from April 10 this year and top players from almost all Test playing nations are expected to participate.

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