Pakistani cricketers associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) fear that they might not get their dues from the cash-rich Twenty20 league because of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries, a newspaper reported.
According to Express, an Urdu daily, top Pakistan players who featured in the inaugural season of the IPL last summer are yet to get fully paid by the IPL and believe that the current tensions between the two countries will cost them a fortune.
According to the report, Pakistani players associated with various IPL franchises didn’t confirm their participation in this year’s season though the Jan 29 deadline has already passed.
Quoting sources, the newspaper said that the IPL management has made it clear to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that it will clear the dues of the Pakistan players only if they were available for the next season.
The report added that the IPL has also said that only if the Indian government formally blocks the participation of Pakistan players in the league would it pay their dues.
The report quoted an unnamed Pakistani player as saying that he and his team mates fear that they will get their IPL dues. He also said that the Pakistani cricketers were not in favour of crossing the border in the current circumstances to play in the IPL. “We would rather stay back in Pakistan than to suffer humiliation in India,” the player was quoted as saying.
Several leading Pakistani players including their current captain Younis Khan, former skipper Shoaib Malik, fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, all-rounder Shahid Afridi, pacers Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanvir and several others featured in the inaugural IPL.