PCB to invite Indian players to participate in Pakistan Premier League

Zaka Ashraf (L) said it’s up to Indian players whether they want to take part or not but the PCB will send out an invitation AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Karachi: June 7, 2012

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf confirmed that Indian players will be invited for maiden season of Pakistan Premier League.

“It s up to them whether they want to take part or not but the PCB will send out an invitation,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

“My aim is to do whatever I can to put the relations between the two boards back on track because the fans want to see Pakistan and India in action,” he added.

The PCB chief came down heavily on the Punjab government and said the unwanted interference – bringing down a wall of Gaddafi Stadium – could harm Pakistan`s image and also the prospects of holding PPL matches in the province.

“Politics should be kept separate from sports because it will hurt Pakistan’s image. We are trying to launch the revival of international cricket here and the Punjab government is doing such things. We can`t even think of hosting an international team or a league match in Punjab in the current scenario,” Ashraf said.