IPL 2020: Pakistani cricketers losing an “excellent” chance to play in IPL, says Shahid Afridi
- IPL is a very big brand in the world cricket, says Afridi.
- Pakistan cricketers are missing an “excellent” opportunity to play in IPL.
- IPL 2020 has begun in UAE due to pandemic situation in India.
With IPL 2020 has officially started in UAE, former skipper of Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistani cricketers are missing an “excellent” opportunity to play in IPL (Indian Premier League) due to tensions between Pakistan and India on political grounds.
Pakistani players missing an “excellent” chance
Star player, in an interview with Arab News, said that the money-spinning league would give cricketers the chance to play in IPL in front of an Indian crowd and share the dressing room with other Indian and international stars to learn and develop their skills.
“I know that IPL is a very big brand in the world of cricket and it is an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam or many other Pakistani players to go there [to India] and play under pressure and share dressing rooms,” Afridi said.
“So, in my opinion, Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity by not to play in IPL.”
When speaking of his own playing days in the arch-rival country, the man famous for his aggressive batting from the very first bowl of his inning, and nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ said that he was met with a positive response from the other side of the border and continues to receive support from social media despite issues between the two neighbours.
“No doubt, the way I have enjoyed cricket in India; I have always appreciated the love and respect that I have gotten from the people of India. And now when I speak on social media, I get many messages from India and I reply to many people. I believe that my overall experience of India has been excellent,” Afridi spoke about the love he received from another side of the border.
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However, the star man believes that with crippling political tension between two countries continues, with this, in near future, there is close to no chance to rekindle cricketing ties as of yet.
No chances of cricket between Pakistan – India
“The government of Pakistan is always ready but with the present regime [in India] there are no such chances of [resuming] cricket relations, of [Pakistan-India] series,” Boom Boom Afridi said.
IPL 2020 in UAE
IPL 2020 was scheduled to play in India but due to pandemic situation in India, the mega event shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to prevent Coronavirus spread among players and officials.