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Pak overjoyed with PC's remark
The Pakistan cricket fraternity said that Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement has only vindicated their stand on the IPL auction.
Former cricketers from Pakistan have alleged that the cricketers of the country were "humiliated" and "embarrassed" by the IPL, when not a single team decided to buy any of the Pakistan players in the Mumbai auctions a week back.

Chidambaram today said that exclusion of the Pakistani cricketers from the cash-awash twenty20 event was a "disservice to cricket" and he could not understand "why the IPL teams acted in the manner".

"It just confirms what we have been saying all along that our cricketers were humiliated and embarrassed by the IPL and the franchise owners," former Pakistan captain Moin Khan told PTI.

"It is nice to hear even the Indian Home Minister say he couldn't understand the logic given by IPL for not signing on our players," Moin added.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, who is a co-owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, also admitted recently that the Pakistani cricketers were not treated properly during the glitzy auction.

All the 11 Pakistani cricketers, from a 67-strong pool of players, found no takers at the IPL III auction held in Mumbai last week. The matter has outraged players, politicians and fans across the border.

Another ex captain Zaheer Abbas, who had called for boycotting sporting ties with India after the incident, said statements of Shah Rukh and Chidambaram had come at the right time.

"At least now the IPL and its franchises know where they stand in this issue. But I still believe the statements are no compensation for the treatment meted out to our players and the Pakistan Cricket Board must pursue the matter with the ICC," Abbas said.

"The IPL has now been exposed and they must accept their mistake," former skipper Rameez Raja said.

Former batsman Basit Ali said, "If the IPL had issues with signing on our players it should have been honest and open about it but to include our players names in the auction and then simply not bid for them was insulting to us."

Meanwhile, PCB sources made it clear that there was no intention now even after the statements of Chidambaram and Shah Rukh to drop the issue at the highest level.

"If anything the PCB now has a strong case to go with to the ICC and tell them that an organisation like IPL which is run by the BCCI can't be allowed to show disrespect to the national players of other countries," one source said.

"The PCB strongly feels that somewhere there was a conspiracy to humiliate our players and that is not acceptable," another board official said.
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