Press Esc to close
Monday 20 October 2014
News updated at 1:32 PM IST
Weather
Max: 30.8°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Akram requests BCCI to allow Pakistani players in IPL

Karachi, Apr 6, 2013, (PTI) :
Former Pakistan captain and pace legend Wasim Akram. File Photo

Former Pakistan captain and pace legend Wasim Akram has requested the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to allow Pakistani players to participate in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

Akram said Pakistani players would only help add color to the Twenty20 tournament.

"I have always been a great believer that sports and politics should be kept apart and if our players take part in the IPL it will only raise the bar of the event," said Akram, who was the bowling consultant of current IP champions Kolkata Knight Riders.


Pakistani cricketers have not been allowed to take part in the lucrative IPL after the first edition due to varied reasons but mainly because of the diplomatic tensions between the
two countries.

Although Pakistani umpires, commentators and coaches will feature in the ongoing sixth edition of the IPL but no cricketer has been invited for the event.

Akram felt since Pakistani bowlers are better than India's, it will only benefit the IPL.
Although Pakistan team toured India for a short ODI series in December last year but the BCCI still didn't clear the way for the players from the beighbouring country to participate in the IPL.

Last year the BCCI, however, for the first time allowed a Pakistani team to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 held in South Africa.

Akram also confirmed that he had signed an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board and as per the contract he would help in producing more pace bowlers for the country.

Akram has also entered into a partnership with a leading cellular company, Ufone to hold trials and search for raw and pacers throughout the country.

But he said he will be holding a 10-day specialised camp for the Pakistan team pacers and upcoming youngsters performing in domestic cricket in Karachi later this month.

"I am happy that now I will be able to play some role in Pakistan cricket because I want to give back what Pakistan cricket has given me. I want young bowlers to take advantage of my expertise and experience," Akram said.

The former captain also said that he would be working in tandem with the national team bowling coach Muhammad Akram during Pakistan's training camp in Abbotabad ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Autumn light is seen at sunset on the Alexandre III Bridge, with the Eiffel tower in background...

Autumn light is seen at sunset on the Alexandre III Bridge, with the Eiffel tower in background...

BJP candidate Sanjay Kelkar flashes victory sign while celebrating with his supporters...

BJP candidate Sanjay Kelkar flashes victory sign while celebrating with his supporters...

Supporters celebrate Congress candidate Praneeti Shinde's victory in the Assembly polls ...

Supporters celebrate Congress candidate Praneeti Shinde's victory in the Assembly polls ...

Former Indian Cricket players Krishnamachari Srikkanth with Devang Jayant Gandhi and Deepak Shodhan.

Former Indian Cricket players Krishnamachari Srikkanth with Devang Jayant Gandhi and Deepak Shodhan.

Indian Hockey players vie for the ball during final of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2014...

Indian Hockey players vie for the ball during final of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2014...

Dia Mirza poses with her long-time beau Sahil Sangha after she got married...

Dia Mirza poses with her long-time beau Sahil Sangha after she got married...

Players in action during a football match played between North East United FC and Goa FC...

Players in action during a football match played between North East United FC and Goa FC...

Atletico De Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos FC Players in action during their ISL Match...

Atletico De Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos FC Players in action during their ISL Match...

Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary board meeting...

Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary board meeting...

Only media personnel at the AICC office…

Only media personnel at the AICC office…

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523