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Yellow Star Treatment

The IPL’s disregard for Pakistani cricketers is hurtful and unwise

Yellow Star Treatment
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Yellow Star Treatment
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The rejection of Pakistani cricketers at the IPL auction is baffling because they are some of the best players in the world, especially in Twenty20 cricket. Since the auction defies cricketing logic, the people of Pakistan feel they have been humiliated, that the IPL treated the nation’s beloved stars shoddily.

No one can explain why someone like Damien Martyn, who retired from cricket over three years ago, is more useful than Shahid Afridi. Rated as the best Twenty20 player in the world, Afridi has no place in the IPL, even though he has been signed up by both Hampshire and South Australia. Also ignored were also stellar performers like Sohail Tanvir, who helped Rajasthan Royals win the first IPL tournament, and talented youngsters like Umar Akmal.

Since there has been no credible explanation why Pakistani players were put up for auction and then not bought, I feel it’s fair to believe that there was a conspiracy to keep them out. In situations such as the IPL auction, it’s not an individual, but the nation that...

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