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Pakistan's IPL players may be put on sale

Pakistan's IPL players may be put on sale

It was highly unlikely any team would bid for Pakistan cricketers.

Karachi: Pakistan players taking part in the Indian Premier league have been asked to sign consent forms that would enable franchisees to put them on sale in the transfer market.

"Some of these players have been told by their IPL team management that it would be unlikely they would be able to get clearance to play the next season," a source close to the players told PTI.

"Some players have been told they would need to sign consent forms which would allow the teams to make them available on the transfer market," the source added.

With the current tension in India-Pakistan ties, it was highly unlikely any team would bid for them and sign them once they are released by their original teams.

The source said the consent form would be needed because players usually had three-year contracts with the IPL and were unlikely to suffer major financial setbacks even if they don't play in the Twenty20 tournament.

"But given the circumstances in India it would be diplomatically and politically a problem for Indians to have Pakistan players in the IPL next season until the situation improves," the source said.

Top Pakistan players have contracts with the IPL including captain Shoaib Malik, Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Younis Khan, Salman Butt and others.

Sources said Pakistan players were also aware of the situation and some of them had even started exploring the possibility of playing for English county teams this summer.

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