Shoaib says IPL shift could pave way for Pakistani cricketers
LAHORE: Shoaib Akhtar is hopeful the Indian Premier League (IPL)ís impending move to South Africa or England could pave the way for Pakistani players to return to the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
In an interview to a cricket website, Shoaib said he and his Pakistani counterparts were holding out hope of an eleventh-hour call-up to the IPL, now that the tournament seems destined to be shifted out of India.
"For me, it ain''t over till it''s over," Shoaib said. "I haven''t given up. It''s up to the franchises. If they call upon my services, I will provide them.
"We do not have great circumstances with India at the moment. The situation between us is not crictical anymore, and hopefully it will get better in the coming months. It is a shame for the Indian fans that the tournament will not be played in India.For now I am preparing to play against Australia in the ODIs next month and take wickets for my country."