Aaron Moores | cricket20
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has announced that Pakistan's top cricketers will be unable to take part in next years Indian Premier League after their attempts to gain clearance to play had failed.
Despite the Pakistan Federal Interior Ministry giving security clearance to the national cricketers and the Pakistan Cricket Board being in possession of all the relevant NoCs and clearance letters the players have been unable to gain the visas needed to allow them to travel to India.
"We have been informed by the PCB that they have not been able to obtain the visas as of now. So we are not able to extend the deadline," Modi told the Times Now channel. "Today is the absolute deadline for confirmation of Pakistani players. The exchange window [ends] the day after tomorrow."
"Unfortunately, the Pakistani players are out and they will not be allowed to take part in the next IPL because we are handicapped by the fact that the exchange window is the day after tomorrow. We are informing the teams that they now can go for the replacement of the Pakistani players."
The failure to gain the necessary visas by today's deadline means a number of IPL franchises will now have to begin the search to replace some of Pakistan's top cricketers including Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul and Misbah ul-Haq.