Islamabad, April 14 : Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal has said the reason behind the rise of the Indian Premier League in India is "more money than cricket".
As for the exclusion of all Pakistani players from the IPL, Iqbal felt that the loss was that of the Indian audiences and the franchises. The Pakistan cricketers have not played in the tournament since its first edition in early 2008.
"I think the exclusion of Pakistani cricket has nothing to do with cricket. I am absolutely sure that many Indians and franchises would like to have these brilliant cricketers - the Pakistani cricketers [such as] the Afridis, the Abdul Razzaqs and the Umar Guls and Umar Akmals." PakPassion. net quoted Iqbal, as saying.
Last week, butter-fingered wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal was dropped from Pakistan's squad for the limited-overs series against West Indies following a spate of poor outings in the recently concluded World Cup.
Asif was clear about the reasons for Kamran''s exclusion, saying that "technically he [Kamran] has huge faults and the team was playing him due to his batting."
The former skipper also agreed with the exclusion of Younis Khan from the squad for the Caribbean tour due to his abysmal performance in the recently concluded World Cup, and expressed his happiness at the manner in which the decision had been implemented.
"Instead of saying that they have been dropped or dumped, the selectors and the board are saying that they have been rested, which is a nice thing and should be appreciated," Asif said.
Talking about the need of a batting coach for the Pakistan team, Asif was clear that coaching is not a skill to be taken lightly as it is a "specialized position".
He opined that whilst Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad was a "great motivator," he was less convincing as a coach.
"To have him around will obviously be of great help to Pakistani batsmen. But to have him as a coach - well I am not too sure," Asif said.
Meanwhile, Miandad, who was approached by Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi and PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to take up the batting coach assignment, turned down the offer citing personal reasons. (ANI)