Mumbai:Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday said the Pakistani cricketers have missed the deadline for the third IPL and the only way they can be part of the Twenty20 tournament is through the January 19 auction.
Modi said the Pakistani cricketers missed the bus by failing to get visas by the December 7 deadline and the IPL franchises have already replaced them with fresh recruits.
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In such a scenario, the Pakistani cricketers could hope to be part of the event only through the next round of players auction scheduled on January 19.
"Yesterday all the teams were required to do the replacement strategy and the replacement was allowed for those players who are not going to be part of the squad.
"Unfortunately the teams have already signed their replacements. Kolkata Knight Riders have already replaced Umar Gul with Charls Langeveldt, Misbah-ul-Haq (of Royal Challengers Bangalore) has been replaced by Roelof van der Merwe and there have been replacements in the Rajasthan Royals also. These replacement contracts have already been placed and cannot be reversed," Modi said.
The only ray of hope for the Pakistani players, Modi said, was to come through the next auction. "There is an option coming up on January 19. If there are spots open, they can then apply for the auction now.
Because you have to go through the process, now the process for applying for auction is by January 1," he said.
Modi said the IPL had given its franchises the go ahead for new contracts after the Pakistani players failed to get their visas before the deadline.
"As they missed the deadline, the new contracts have been signed and they (the franchises) have written back to us stating very clearly about the new contracts. It is a very difficult process to reverse the new contracts. We have a system and we cannot abuse the system," he said.
"The players can go to the auction pool now, because they have missed the trading pool, if any of the team wants to pick them up," Modi said.
Modi said he had talked to Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, who told him that four Pakistani players - Sohail Tanveer, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul - had been granted visa by the government but they have to come as fresh recruits in the auction.
"The way auction pool works is that the franchises have to forward us the name of players. At present, they have got 140 players, who are eligible for auction. After shortlisting, the number will come down to 40-50. It would depend on the franchisee which player they want in auction pool," he said.
Modi said that the IPL board will take a call on January 17 on the contracts which have been terminated because of visa problems.
The IPL governing body has placed a cap of $7,50,000 on the franchisees for the purchase of players.