In a major setback to Pakistan players, the franchises with Indian owners in the UAE and CSA T20 leagues don't want them.

In a major setback to Pakistan players, the franchises with Indian owners in the UAE and CSA T20 leagues don’t want them. They have closed the doors on Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan & Shaheen Afridi. The IPL team owners fear retaliation from the public in India, according to InsideSport.IN.

“We don’t want Pakistani players. First, it is hard to negotiate with the board for the NOCs. Then comes the backlash in India. I don’t think any fan in India will be happy if Pakistani players play for us,” a franchise official with teams in both UAE & South Africa leagues told InsideSport.

An IPL franchise official with the team in the UAE league said they are not considering any player from the neighboring country.

“A lot is at stake for the team as huge investment is involved. No one wants to hurt gthe sentiments of the fans back home. We have decided not to chase any player. They have some of the best players in the shortest format of the game, but it’s not in our best interest,” the franchise official told InsideSport.

Indian franchises have requested the BCCI to allow non-contracted Indian players to play in overseas tournaments.

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