IPL auction: No takers for Pakistani players

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 16:04 [IST]
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Pakistan players get IPL snub

Mumbai: No Pakistan players will take part in the IPL's third season this year after being ignored by franchises at the players" auction on Tuesday.

11 players, including T20 world cup hero Shahid Afridi with a base price of USD 250,000, found no takers at the glitzy auction at Mumbai.

Apart from Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal, young Pakistan batting sensation Umar Akmal, Imran Nazir, young fast bowler Mohammed Aamer, Rana Naved ul-Hasan and four others were up for the auction on Tuesday.

Even though, Pakistan players took part in the IPL's inaugural section, they were denied permission by Pak government to play last year due to growing political tensions with India.

None of the owners of the eight clubs, who attended the auction, declined to comment on why the Pakistanis were kept out.

Did Afridi's behavior cause his elimination?

It seems that the franchise owners had a discussion over this issue before the beginning of auction because no single bid happened for some talented Pak players.

Shiv Sena also has warned that they will not allow any Pak cricketers to Play in India.


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