Pak players to avoid IPL in future, outrage continues

Pak players to avoid IPL in future, outrage continues

Pakistani cricket fans shout slogans beside a burning effigy of Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Kumar Modi during a protest in Lahore on Wednesday. AFP

The players, who did not find a buyer in the third IPL auction on Tuesday, held a meeting in Brisbane, where the team will play an ODI series against Australia. They decided it was best to ignore the event at least for the time being.

"The players unanimously decided to avoid playing in the IPL in future and until at least relations between the two countries normalised," one source said.

"The players were pretty upset that no franchise was willing to bid for them and they all felt this was a planned move by the IPL and franchises to humiliate them publicly," the source said.

The outrage over Pakistani players being ignored at the auction threatened to snowball into a major diplomatic row and there were reports that angry cricket fans burnt effigees of IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi in Lahore.

Some former players made a scathing attack against the IPL organisers and the franchisees for humiliating the Pakiistani players.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Zaheer Abbas suggested that the national hockey team should be withdrawn from the World Cup in India to protest the "humiliating" treatment meted out to the country's cricketers

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