ICC president wants BCCI to consider Pakistan Players for IPL


Karachi: Former Pakistan batsman and International Cricket Council (ICC) Zaheer Abbas said he will interact with Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to allow Pakistan players to play in Indian Permier League (IPL).

Abbas told the media in Lahore that if Pakistani players were included in the IPL, “it would raise the importance and status of the league.” Zaheer Abbas also called for the revival of bilateral cricket ties between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan have struggled in recent times, especially in the shorter format of the game, where they have plummeted to number nine in the ICC team rankings.

The former Pakistan captain will be flying to Bangalore this week to watch the final of the IPL on the invitation of the new BCCI President Anurag Thakur.

“I have accepted the invitation and it is a good opportunity for me to again highlight the importance of resuming bilateral cricket ties although they are obviously subject to government clearances,” he said.

A number of Pakistani cricketers took part in the inaugural edition of the IPL but after the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 the BCCI stopped inviting them for the lucrative league which is now in its ninth year.

The final of the IPL will be played on May 29 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and the winner of the second qualifying final.