New Delhi: Breaking News! Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna rejected the allegations that the Indian government colluded with the IPL authorities to "insult" the Pakistani cricketers. Krishna also clarified that all Pakistani players were issued visa and the government had nothing to do with their rejection by the IPL team owners.
"Government has nothing to do with IPL, on selection of players and various exercises that are connected with it. So, Pakistan will have to draw a line between where Government of India is connected and where Government of India is an actor", said Krishna.
SM Krishna revealed that the visas were issued to Pakistani cricketers at a very short notice in December 2009 and January 2010. At least 17 cricketers were issued visas during that period. "Two visas were issued in Islamabad, while three were issued in Wellington (New Zealand) and 12 in Sydney (Australia)", he added.
The External Affairs Minister reacted sharply to the comments made by Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who said that the manner in which the players were "insulted" showed that India was not serious about the peace process.
Krishna termed all allegations and comments against the Indian government over the non-selection of Pakistan cricketers in the IPL as "unfortunate".
Pakistan is repotedly contemplating not to send any Parliamentary delegation to India to protest against the treatment meted out to its cricketers in the IPL bidding process. None of 11 Pakistan players were selected during the IPL 3 auction, despite the fact they are the world champions.