Former cricketer Shahid Afridi has expressed disappointment on absence of Pakistan players in the IPL according to a report in Pakistan media.
Afridi said that the players from Pakistan are in demand all around the T20 leagues. He further added that players like Babar Azam would get to learn a lot if they are included in the cash-rich league.
“The IPL is a big brand and I know that if our players like Babar Azam and others get a chance to play in it they would learn to play under pressure situations. Unfortunately, due to the existing policies, our players are not getting that big platform,” he said.
“Our players are in demand in other leagues all over the world and the good thing is they have their own top league, PSL, to showcase their talent, gain exposure and share dressing rooms (with top players),” he said.
Some of the Pakistan players did play in the inaugural edition of the IPL but were banned after the Mumbai attacks. Afridi himself was a part of the Deccan Chargers while Shoaib Akhtar played for KKR.
All-rounder Shoiab Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Asif played for Delhi Daredevils, Younis Khan, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal for Rajasthan Royals and Umar Gul too was a part of KKR.