Monday, February 16, 2009

Pakistani IPL Players Calling for Remuneration from Government

Suspended IPL players from Pakistan have recently sought compensation to Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari for not being allowed to take part in the big-money Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. Four Pakistani players: Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul and Misbah-ul-Haq- have been suspended by their respective IPL franchises, while ten other Pakistani players, who had contracts with different IPL teams, were terminated from their contracts, before the recently held IPL auction being taken place. All these decisions of suspension and contract termination came in the wake of Pakistan government’s decision not to allow its IPL and ICL contracted players to visit India in fear of lack of security for the Pakistani players.

Governments of two neighboring countries, India and Pakistan, have fallen out with each other since the fiery terrorist attack in Mumbai last November. Following Mumbai attack, Indian government cancelled their pre-scheduled tour of Pakistan in January this year and both countries put a bar on their national hockey team to exchange visits to each other.

Pakistan government is now considering the appeal of four suspended IPL players from Pakistan. They might have been compensated a part of their potential earnings from the tournament, but in that case, ICL players would also seek the same treatment from Pakistan government.

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