Pakistan bars cricketers from IPL

Published: Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 12:09 [IST]
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Pakistan blocks its players from IPL

Islamabad: The Pakistan Foreign Office has asked its international cricket players not to visit India citing security concerns, The News reports.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office here, five players namely Yasir Hameed, Danish Kaneria, Asim Kamal, Mohammad Hafiz and Yasir Arafat have been advised not to travel to India.

The players were scheduled to visit India to take part in the auction of players for the Twenty20 extravanza, the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The three-point advisory issued from the foreign ministry, while hinting at the strained Indo-Pak relations in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, says that India has not given any security guarantee to Pakistani players, so it would be not safe for them to travel there.

However, the Pakistan Sports Ministry had earlier given permission to the players to visit India for the IPL auction.


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