James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
Less then a week after being denied their place in next years IPL Pakistan's top cricketers have been given fresh hope of finally ending their exile from the league.
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi had hinted that any Pakistan players under contract with the IPL franchises will be able to take part in the next IPL auction in January in order to find a team for next season.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai Modi said "There is an auction coming up on January 19. If there are spots open at the auction point. They can then apply through the auction".
"As far as reversing these contracts is concerned, it's a very difficult system because we have a system in place. And we can't abuse the system. And everybody was given a fair chance to be able to go out there and prove their case and also present their NOC's and letters"
"As they have missed the deadline, the teams have replaced these players and signed new contracts. So there are contractual obligations that come into place," he said."
With the Pakistan players involvement in the IPL still unclear a number of franchises have already made moves to replace their contracted Pakistanis during this weeks IPL trade window.
The Bangalore Royal Challengers have replaced Misbah-ul-Haq with South African Roelof van der Merwe while Umar Gul has been dropped by the Kolkata Knight Riders in favor of Carl Langeveldt.
The Rajasthan Royals who have two Pakistanis in their squad have so far replaced Kamran Akmal and Sohail Tanvir with Johan Botha.