IPL snub shocks Afridi
Shahid Afridi's manager Umran Khan blamed Lalit Modi and the Indian government after Pakistan players failed to land IPL contracts.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 19/01/10 4:24pm
Shahid Afridi's manager Umran Khan has hit out at Lalit Modi and the Indian government after Pakistan players failed to land IPL contracts.
Only 11 players were signed during the auction on Tuesday, none of them hailing from Pakistan, despite players such as Afridi, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul and Umar Akmal all being on the shortlist.
Khan has blamed a perceived issue over visas for lack of interest in players from Pakistan, the reigning World Twenty20 champions, despite IPL commissioner Modi's insistence that all franchises were free to bid for any of the players on sale.
"I'd heard prior to the auction that franchises were being advised not to bid for Pakistani players as the players from Pakistan would not be issued with visas by the Indian government and that is precisely what has happened," Khan told www.pakpassion.net.
"The Indian Premier League have been using Afridi's name and pictures to publicise the tournament and to build up the hype and he was expected to be one of the most popular players amongst the franchises.
"Lalit Modi and the Indian government have a lot to answer for. The way I see it is that, because Afridi and the other Pakistani players would have been employed by an Indian company for the IPL, the Indian government wouldn't issue a visa.
"Yet, if Shahid was to play for South Australia in the Champions League, they would issue him with a visa, as they did for Yasir Arafat when he played for Sussex in last year's Champions League.
"I think Shahid and the other Pakistani players have been wronged and mistreated here."
Afridi himself admitted he was shocked to have not secured a signing.
"I'm stunned by the omission and, yes, I'm obviously very disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing once again in the Indian Premier League and testing my skills against the world's best players and against friends and colleagues," said Afridi.
"I thought I would be picked and am very surprised at the outcome of the auction."