Malik wants to continue playing in IPL
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Sunday expressed his desire to continue playing in the Indian soil despite strained relations between the two nations after India cancelled their tour to the neighbouring country following Mumbai terror attacks.
However, Malik, who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, said although he and other Pakistani players have contractual agreement with the Indian Premier League, they will abide by government's advice on the matter.
"As professional players our wish is that we can continue playing in the IPL. But to be honest they are many things beyond our control," Malik told reporters here.
"We as players wouldn't like to do anything that would put us in breach of our contracts. But obviously if there is a government policy decision then I can't comment," added the right-handed batsman, who along with other Pakistani cricketers have signed three-year contract with different franchise teams of the IPL, the second season, of which is scheduled for April next year.
Malik's statement came after tension rose between the two cricket playing nations following India's decision to shun their next month's tour to Pakistan. Criticising India's decision, former Pakistani players have called the Pakistan Cricket Board not to allow its players to feature in next edition of the IPL and rebel Indian Cricket League as a retaliatory measure.
Around a dozen Pakistani cricketers are signed up for different teams in the IPL, while around 18 players play in the ICL.