Saturday, January 23, 2010

IPL and Pakistan

No Pakistani players were selected for the Indian Premier League cricket teams. This has resulted in a lot of hot air from both sides of the border.

E.g. this from India and see this and mentions in this editorial in Dawn.

Since the Pakistani players undeniably have talent, the question is why did (the private parties comprising) the IPL not pick any of them? Was it purely a business decision? (e.g., extra security would be needed).

IMO, this letter from an Indian, published in the Daily Times of Pakistan, said it well:

Comment from Mumbai

Sir: Apropos your editorial ‘Politics at IPL’ (Daily Times, January 21, 2010), while one can understand the hurt felt by the Pakistani players and Pakistanis at large, I tend to believe that this is an instance of ‘non-state actors’ acting without the guidance of the Indian state. If Pakistanis and the Pakistan state can wash its hands of 26/11, why hold the Indian state responsible for the decision of a few rich individuals? After all, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander as well!
Mumbai, India

The DT editorial is here.