For years now, the Pakistani players have not been featuring in the IPL and Shahid Afridi has repeatedly gone on record saying that the players from their country should be given an opportunity to play in the mega-event. Now during an interview, the former Pakistani player had said that many talented cricketers like Babar Azam and others are missing out on an opportunity in the cash-rich league like the IPL. During the course of the interview, he also said that the bilateral series between the two countries will not resume until Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in power. Shahid Afridi Continues to Blame IPL for Sri Lankan Players' Drop-Out from Their Home Series.
The two countries have been playing in the ICC tournaments. In the same interview, he even admired the Indian fans who give a plethora of support to the Pakistani players. "IPL is a very big brand & it's an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam or many other Pakistani players to go play under pressure and share dressing rooms. So, in my opinion, Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity by not playing in IPL," he said during the interview.
The first edition of IPL 2008 had Pakistan players like Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and others playing for the franchises, but after the 26/11 attack, the Pakistani players have been banned from participating in the tournament. He also spoke about the bilateral ties between the two countries. Afridi explained, "With Modi in power, I don’t see it’s going to happen." India and Pakistan played their bilateral Test series in 2012.
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