Karachi: Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla has claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is open to considering any request from its Pakistan counterpart seeking permission for its players’ participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). (Pakistan Super League: Venue Shifted From Doha to Dubai And Sharjah)
“So far we have not got any such query from the PCB but if they do contact us on this topic we will look into it,” Shukla said. (Pakistan Super League Gets Kumar Sangakkara Boost)
PSL head Najam Sethi has indicated that he is interested in having some Indian players in the T20 league that is scheduled to start from February 4 in Dubai and Sharjah. (Pakistan Cricket Board Makes U-Turn, Wants Indians in Pakistan Super League)
So far, the PCB is yet to reveal details of the league and has kept mum on the sale of broadcasting and title sponsor rights besides the five franchises.
The BCCI, as a policy, doesn’t allow its players to take part in any foreign Twenty20 league but Shukla said if the PCB sent them a request, the matter would be looked into.
The two boards apparently have reached a consensus on playing a short limited-overs series in Sri Lanka next month but details are yet to be finalised.
“We understand the predicament of Pakistan cricket but at the same time I think the PCB needs to realise that they have to draw a line somewhere when it comes to playing its home matches in UAE,” he added.
He again advised the PCB to work on creating a safe venue in their country to convince other Test-playing nations that it was safe to play in Pakistan.
“We would be willing to play in Pakistan at a safe venue if the appropriate security assurances were given to us and the ICC also gave security approval,” he said.