New Delhi: A decision on Pakistani cricketers’ participation in next Indian Premier League IPL and fate of Kochi franchise players will come up for discussion when IPL’s Governing Council meets here on Friday.
Pakistani cricketers have not participated in the IPL since 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and Council is expected to take a decision on the issue. “This (participation of Pakistan players) decision has to be taken by Governing Council. Members will give their views. It is not that Pakistan as a country has been banned in IPL,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla who will chair meeting said.
Another major issue that will come up for discussion is on how to deal with players of Kochi franchise, which has now been scrapped from cash-rich IPL for breach of contractual obligation. Top players like Mahela Jayawardene, Muthiah Muralitharan, S Sreesanth, VVS Laxman, Brendon McCullum & RP Singh played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in last edition and now face uncertain future. IPL Governing Council will take a call on these players on whether they could be included in auction pool for next edition and how they could be compensated financially.