It appears that one of the reasons why no Pakistani players will figure in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is because of a breakdown in communication between all the parties involved.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed that it contacted the IPL governing council for the latter to clarify its stance on whether the Pakistani cricketers would be allowed to join the lucrative league again, but got absolutely no response.
However, when the IPL announced its list of 416 players in the auction pool and no Pakistanis figured in the list, it was evident that they had been excluded from participating in next year's event.
The PCB has been insistent it wants its players to participate in the League. To compound the mis-communication, none of the Pakistani cricketers seeking admission to IPL4 even approached the PCB for help in their objective. After all, it is their board that is invested with the authority to give them permission to play in the tournament and accordingly provide No-Objection Certificates (NOCs).
"No player or franchise has approached us," Ahmed said. "They've actually revised the process of inducting players, so any player who wants to participate will have to get permission and NOC from their board. No player has approached us."
Sources had earlier claimed that the reason players from across the Indo-Pak border were not included in the running for participating in the event, is because too many of them were in the shadow of the spot-fixing scandal.
However, Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer,had told a leading news agency that the PCB had not forwarded any names for the auction. "The rules stipulate that a player must apply through his home board if he wanted to be put up for the auction. No names were received from Pakistan."
Pakistani cricketers figured prominently in the inaugural IPL, but after the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 sparked a decline of relations between India and Pakistan, New Delhi has apparently been reluctant to engage in any bilateral cultural activities, which includes allowing Pakistani players into Indian domestic cricket.