What former Skipper Shahid Afridi says over Pakistani cricketers participation in IPL

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What former Skipper Shahid Afridi says over Pakistani cricketers participation in IPL

KARACHI - Former skipper Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan cricketers are missing an “excellent” opportunity to partake in the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to tensions with India stemming from severed political ties.

Afridi, in an interview with Arab News said that the money-spinning league would give cricketers the chance to play in front of an Indian crowd and share the dressing room with other Indian stars.

“I know that IPL is a very big brand in the world of cricket and it is an excellent opportunity for, whether it’s Babar Azam, or many other Pakistani players to go there [to India] and play under pressure and share dressing rooms,” Afridi said. “So in my opinion Pakistani players are missing a big opportunity.”

When speaking of his own playing days in the rival country, the man nicknamed Boom Boom said that he was met with a positive response from the other side of the border and continues to receive support from social media despite issues between the two neighbours.