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Pak players likely to be part of IPL 2013

Ex-PCB chairman meets with Pawar, IPL chief Rajiv Shukla in Delhi,

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the BCCI's top brass has assured him that the players will be allowed to play in the next edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.

Butt met with former Indian Board president and chairman last week in the capital.

The meeting was organised by the PCB ahead of current chief Zaka Ashraf's visit to India for today's final in Chennai.

"With the consent of the incumbent PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, I met and Sharad Pawar, and discussed the progress on the Indo-Pak cricketing relations," Butt said.

"In Delhi, assured me that Pakistani players will be allowed to play in the next (2013) edition," Butt told the 'Dawn'.

Butt's three-year tenure at the top was a tumultuous one as the relationship between and India hit a low following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Following the attack, bilateral ties between the two countries were severed, and players have not been a part of the since.

If they were not enough, a team from was not invited to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).

But things seem to be changing now. Butt has said that he has updated Ashraf on the talks he has had with their Indian counterparts.

Before leaving for India, Ashraf said he was hopeful of a fruitful visit.
"Their invitation (to final) is a strong clue that both countries are moving towards having good relations. This is rare, in the past no such invitation was extended. So I am hopeful that I will have a good meeting with the officials," Ashraf said.

First Published: Sun, May 27 2012. 11:28 IST