Whether the IPL or the ICL wants the Pakistani players is an issue to be considered by the players themselves too.
Pak-Aus series likely to be played at UAE
Australia v Pakistan 2009
Pakistan on target for one-day series with Australia
February 4, 2009
The Pakistan Cricket Board is confident its one-day series with Australia will proceed in April, with a schedule to be released later this week. Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, met with Cricket Australia officials in Melbourne on Wednesday to discuss the contest, which is likely to be held after Australia's tour of South Africa.
The series is certain to be played at neutral venues - perhaps split between Abu Dhabi and Dubai - and will probably consist of five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals. Butt, who was a guest of Cricket Australia at the Allan Border Medal on Tuesday, said he would release further details upon his return to Pakistan on Friday.
"I think the series will be going ahead," he said. It will be the first time Australia have played Pakistan in an away bilateral series since the three Tests in 2002, which were staged in Colombo and Sharjah.
Australia were due in the country for Test and limited-overs contests last year but they were postponed due to safety and security concerns. The series in Pakistan will severely limit the availability of Australia's one-day players from participating in the second Indian Premier League.
Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo
Nah, the tensions are pretty much at the Government level, mate. If it were upto the BCCI and PCB, the tour would have happened, Pak guys would be playing in IPL and ICL and everything will be normal.. BCCI would do everything to keep PCB and its vote in their corner and PCB would do everything to appease BCCI because they are helping them out... I am sure once even a semblance of normalcy returns to the relationship between Indian and Pakistani Governments, the boards will act as they have been doing in the past..
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Only thing to add here is the role the England team and ECB played by returning to finish the test tour. However symbolic, it was deeply appreciated in India. It is quite conceivable that BCCI's attitude towards 'non Asian bloc' boards also was modified.
I really don't see what the big deal is with Pakistan's cricketing isolation. By now everyone must have accepted it. Its just a minor (on the scale of things - people are dying here) victim of US and Pakistani policies. Countries like south africa have survived isolation. The SA team has actually prospered since the end of minority rule. So it will be with Pakistan. There is no dearth of talent here.
It was there before the Mumbai blasts..
Still think, even politically speaking, Pakistan needs to be more friendly with India and India would also realize that being hostile towards Pakistan is only contributing us needless trouble. Really do expect a bit more commitment from Pakistan on clamp down of terrorists in the near future and more financial support and perhaps a bit of giving up in terms of Kashmir territory from India..
I suppose it is a dream, but it is a pretty nice one. And hopefully it will come true soon.
*Sits back and waits for the lynching of GIMH.*
In fairness, I think Pakistan's problems are more complicated than can be fixed by a 'bit more commitment'. And the Kashmir thing is roughly as complicated as the Palestine issue in terms of being resolved to each parties satisfaction. Unfortunately, I think my morbid joke above is more likely to come true than for either side to compromise to the extent that would satisfy the other in regards to Kashmir.
the Kashmir issue is an issue that we can put both countries at fault.. i have said it before and i will say it again.. the only problem Pakistan and India has is it is territorial.. no Religion, no terriost and nothing else.. it is just the Kashmir issue.. the sad part in here is that none of these countries listen to what Kashmiree people want.. both Pakistan and India are being Selfish and only care about their interest..
Finally after writing 20 to 50 posts.. i found someone who is admiting this and agreeing with me. I hope that Sirdj notice read this..
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What didn't you know that the BCCI is sitting on El Dorado and has posession of the Holy Grail too. They can buy any **** and bring back to life anybody.
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