It was a situation no one expected. The situation left many speechless. And the result is that a nation which loved parading its famed sportsmen felt cheated. The situation was no Pakistani player was taken by the IPL team franchisees for the season-3.
The team franchisees have played safe this time around and opted for underrated Carribbean players rather than the volatile players across the border. May be the team owners of the eight teams were a bit reluctant to take over the Pakistani players especially after the 26/11 attacks. They might have feared that there might be lot of troubles from the political players if they acquired any Pakistani player. And the likes of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdur Razzaq and the rest were disappointed as they had no takers.
Pakistani players expect the IPL to fill in their finances as as a nation, Pakistan is playing very less cricket and the PCB itself is not in a position to promote the game in the country, given the volatile political instability. Players like Afridi and Razzaq, who are not even Test players now, expected IPL to boost their finances but are left red-faced with the act of IPL franchisees.
Afridi went hoarse over the bid and said that “India has snubbed Pakistan in a big way.” Likewise, the Pakistani Speaker of the Parliament said that “India has hurted the sentiments of the public of Pakistan.”
But as an Indian, one would be tempted to ask, why can’t the Government of Pakistan take up some steps to counter the charges levelled by the Indian Government. For bilateral ties to be normal, the confidence building should happen right from the hearts and not from mere talks.
Till then Indians would feel proud to have sent the message loud and clear, “if you want to benefit from us, be prepared to be our friend in totality.”