Pak cricketers likely to settle their monetary, contractual issues with IPL

April 23rd, 2009 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar Islamabad, Apr 23 (ANI): There are bright chances that Pakistan cricketers, whose contracts have either been terminated or suspended, are likely to settle their monetary and contractual issues with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The officials of the Portfolio World, a sports management company, hired by Pakistan cricketers, are flying to Mumbai, India for negotiations with the IPL bosses.

Portfolio World chief executive officer Salman Ahmed confirmed this to Daily Times on Wednesday.

“Yes we are travelling to India to negotiate with the IPL management and also to talk to our lawyers there,” added Salman.

The IPL, which owes 38.5 million dollars to Pakistan players, has terminated contracts of Younis Khan, Malik, Shahid Afridi, Salman and Shoaib Akhtar, who all played in the inaugural IPL tournament and suspended contracts of Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Misbah and Kamran Akmal.

Salman said his main objective for India visit was to consult the lawyers on this issue. “The IPL administration is yet to issue termination-suspension letters to our cricketers who were verbally told about the decisions. Our efforts will be to handle this issue in a positive manner,” he maintained.

He added that presently they were planning to issue a legal notice to the IPL. “We have also received signals that the IPL might get Pakistan players back into its fold because the second edition of the league ongoing in South Africa has less colour than the previous one.”

Salman said the IPL administration had started feeling that the Pakistan players were their need.

He said they would file a case against the IPL management if the issues were not resolved. “This is not a matter of India and Pakistan but livelihood, security, future and well being of cricketers. (ANI)

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