With clouds of uncertainty still hovering over the availability of Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, most of the teams have put them on the trading list of the transfer window. But there are no takers for them.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who had registered Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s name in the transfer window, have got no feelers yet from the other seven teams. According to sources, KKR’s next list had names like Salman Butt and Mohd Hafeez. But the story was just the same – no one came forward for trading.
When TOI spoke to the Indian cricket board, a top official said, ‘‘We are not going to take any call on the availability of the Pakistani players in the IPL. Ask the government and they will tell you about their status.’’
In this scenario, if relations between India and Pakistan improve and Shoaib Malik and his men are allowed to take part in IPL, those teams which have listed Pakistani players will have to buy out their contracts.
If the Pakistanis don’t come, which seems most likely, the teams will not have to pay 10 per cent of the contract money to the Pakistani players. ‘‘In case a team is unable to trade a player, they will have to buy out his contract. Still, some clarity is awaited from the IPL governing council on this,’’ an IPL team source said.
Meanwhile, sources said that Bangalore Royal Challengers, who had listed six foreign cricketers – Dale Steyn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Abdur Razzak, Nathan Bracken, Misbah-ul-Haq and Cameron White – for trading, have now withdrawn all the names.
All said and done, the IPL transfer window has been a flop show till now. ‘‘Initially, there was some interest but now there are no gains. Not a single buying has taken place till now,’’ a team official admitted.