ICC boss Abbas wants Pakistani stars in IPL
Speaking from Karachi, ICC president Zaheer Abbas has called for an end to the enforced absence of Pakistani players from the IPL, and the resumption of bilateral tours between India and Pakistan.
The IPL has grown to become a global phenomenon since its inception in 2008. The inaugural tournament saw players from all over the globe, including Pakistan, feature alongside India’s domestic elite, but after the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, the BCCI imposed a ban on Pakistani stars featuring in the IPL.
Speaking to a media gathering in Karachi, Abbas has said that Pakistani stars should be included in the IPL, as it would “raise the importance and status of the league."
Pakistan launched their own T20 tournament, the Pakistan Super League, earlier this year, attracting a number of international stars, but the tournament is yet to rival the viewership or prestige of the IPL.
Abbas will attend the IPL Final as part of his duties as ICC president, and has also called for the resumption of bilateral tours between the India and Pakistan.
"I have accepted the invitation (to watch the IPL final) 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.
There is no denying that clashes between India and Pakistan will attract massive TV audiences, generating enormous interest in the game from all over the globe, but both sides have serious security concerns, and will need to get the go-ahead from their respective governments before any tour could go ahead.
The only bilateral tour between India and Pakistan since 2007 was Pakistan’s brief stop-over in 2012/13, when the two sides met for three ODIs and two T20Is.
South Africa vs India: ‘We played close to the perfect game’ – Bavuma
South Africa beat India by 31 runs.
Women’s Ashes: England captain Heather Knight wants ‘really aggressive’ start
The the multi-format series gets under way with the first of three Twenty20 matches on Thursday.
T20 World Cup
England exclusive: Phil Salt focusing on the fundamentals in T20 World Cup bid
Phil Salt wants to be in the T20 World Cup squad in Australia.
Ottis Gibson announced as Yorkshire CCC head coach on three-year deal
Ottis Gibson comes into the troubled county.
New Zealand visit to Australia put on hold due to border controls
Quarantine periods have proven a dealbreaker.
First ODI: South Africa vs India – Live scoreboard
Follow SouthAfrica vs India.
Ashes failure: Eoin Morgan says Test cricket ‘always been the priority’ in England
Morgan defended The Hundred amid criticism of England’s priorities following the Test team’s Ashes embarrassment.
England Twenty20 squad: Jofra Archer’s presence welcomed as he links up
The World Cup-winning fast bowler is still some way off an international return.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup
ICC Men’s Under 19 World Cup: England, SA and Afghanistan win
England, Afghanistan and South Africa recorded wins in the West Indies.
England news: Injury-hit Jofra Archer back for first time in nearly a year
Archer is still some way off a return after heading to his native Barbados following a second operation on a longstanding elbow complaint last month.