Shahid Afridi believes it’s time for the Indian Premier League to open its doors to Pakistan players again.
Several Pakistan players took part in the inaugural tournament but they were barred from the next two editions following the political fallout from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.
Although the tension between India and Pakistan has cooled down since then, no Pakistan players were bought during the IPL auction in late 2010.
“It is high time the Pakistani cricketers also get a place in the IPL. For three seasons, including the current one, we haven’t been a part of the IPL. We have no problems playing in India as we have just played a World Cup semi-final there,” Afridi told the Press Trust of India.
“I am not saying I want to play the IPL but it could be a great platform for youngsters. They could make a mark for themselves.”
Afridi, who captained his country during the recently concluded World Cup, feels it’s high time that Pakistan and Indian players face each other in international competitions.
“Our PM responded positively to that invitation,” he said. “Now the IPL can be a platform to further ease the tension. We should play more against each other. This will not only ease the pressure but will also reduce the unwanted media hype surrounded with Indo-Pak matches.”