Jaipur: Lalit Modi has shut the doors on Pakistan players in the third edition of the IPL as they failed to produce the no objection certificate from their cricket board and obtain visas to play in India in March-April next year.
"We have been informed by PCB that they have not been able to obtain the visas as of now. So we are not being able to extend the deadline. Today is the absolute deadline for confirmation of Pakistani players (to take part in IPL). The exchange window is day after Tuesday," Modi said.
"Unfortunately, the Pakistani players are out and they will not be allowed to take part in the next IPL because we are handicapped by the fact that the exchange window is day after tomorrow. We are informing the teams that they now can go for the replacement of the Pakistani players," he told Times Now channel.
The third edition of the Indian Premier League wll be played at various venues in the country in March-April.
The Pakistan government barred its players from travelling to India for the second edition of the IPL this year and they stayed at home even after the Twenty20 tournament was shifted to South Africa.
Five Pakistan players - Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Abdul Razzaq, Misbah-ul Haq and Kamran Akmal - have contracts in place with IPL teams.