PCB stopped Pakistani players from playing in IPL

Former pacer Wasim Akram on Wednesday lambasted the Pakistan Cricket Board, claiming it was PCB, and not the Foreign Ministry, which prevented Pakistani players from participating in the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

“As per my understanding, our foreign ministry did not show the red light to the Pak players. I don’t know why the PCB has done this,” Akram said.

“The foreign office had left it to the PCB and the sports ministry to decide. It did not mean players should be barred from playing. This is not a solution,” said the former left-arm pacer.

Terming the decision as “nothing short of ridiculous,” Akram said the board’s mishandling of crucial situations is isolating Pakistan from world cricket.

He also felt authorities on either side of the border have blown the security situation out of proportion.

“Actors, cricketers, singers are not politicians. They are loved by all. I don’t think they need to worry about security,” Akram said.

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