Pak cricketers fail to get visa, will not play in IPL III

Pak cricketers fail to get visa, will not play in IPL III

Bilateral series in neutral venue can solve Pak crunch

“We have been informed by PCB that they have not been able to obtain the visas as of now. So we are not being able to extend the deadline. Today is the absolute deadline for confirmation of Pakistani players (to take part in IPL). The exchange window is day after tomorrow,” Modi said.

“Unfortunately, the Pakistani players are out and they will not be allowed to take part in the next IPL because we are handicapped by the fact that the exchange window is day after tomorrow.

“We are informing the teams that they now can go for the replacement of the Pakistani players,” he told Times Now channel.

The Indian Premier League III will be played at various venues in the country in March-April.

Pak want bilateral ties

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board has incurred huge loss because of its isolation in international cricket but a bilateral series against India, even at a neutral venue, can solve the financial crunch, PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said on Monday.

Butt told a news conference in Lahore that the PCB was losing nearly 71 per cent of its revenues after the suspension of international matches in Pakistan due to the prevailing security conditions here.

“We are losing a lot of revenues from sale of our television rights because teams are not willing to come to Pakistan and this is what I informed the ICC special task force on Pakistan in Dubai,” he said.

Butt said during his recent visit to India he had met BCCI officials and requested them to take steps to resume bilateral ties with Pakistan as soon as possible. “The vibes I got from the Indians were positive and we are hopeful they would soon get clearance from their government to play bilateral series with us at neutral venues,” he said.

Butt said that since India was the biggest commercial market for cricket, obviously broadcasters wanted rights of maximum matches featuring the Indian team. “But overall for Pakistan, it is a woeful situation because leave alone India, no team is willing to tour our country at the moment and we don’t know when the situation will improve,” he added.

Meanwhile, Controversy seems to have struck Pakistan cricket again following sensational reports that pacers Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer got engaged in a scuffle after the second Test against New Zealand ended in Wellington on Sunday. According to TV reports, the Pakistan team management found both Gul and Aamer guilty of breaching the code of conduct and opted to slap heavy fines on them.

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