‘Pehle Idhar toh dhang se khel le’- Fans react as Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali expresses his wish to play in IPL

Cricket enthusiasts in India and Pakistan have responded enthusiastically to Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali's recent declaration of his desire to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a recent interview in Pakistan.

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The game of Cricket is often a unifying force between people and countries of both India and Pakistan have been using this gentleman's game as a medium to ease tensions between the two countries but after the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, it has become a medium to create divide both the nations. 

One such instance is the ban imposed on Pakistani player's participation in the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL) after its first season. The roots of this ban trace back to 2008 Mumbai terror incident, which led to the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the IPL. 

This prohibition, came in force for over a decade, affected renowned players like Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik, and Shoaib Akhtar, restricting their participation beyond the inaugural season. However, amidst this ban, Hasan Ali, a formidable bowler representing Pakistan, has boldly expressed his desire to make his mark in the IPL.

In a recent interview with a local news program, Hasan Ali conveyed his eagerness to overcome this barrier and play for one of the IPL teams. He said, "Every player wants to play IPL, and it is my wish to play there. It is one of the biggest leagues in the world, and I will play there if there is an opportunity in the future,".

Pakistani players has limited opportunities

The ban on Pakistani players has posed substantial challenges to their cricketing careers. The exclusion from the IPL has limited exposure, opportunities, and the chance to showcase their skills on a global stage and also affected the financial benefit of Pakistani players quite a bit.

However, despite the ban some former Pakistan players like Azhar Mehmood has played in the IPL while because of giving up his Pakistan nationality and being turned into British citizen. Mohammad Amir is set to follow the same path to fulfill his IPL desires. The ball is not just in these player's court, it's in the court of cricket enthusiasts, IPL organizers, and the broader cricketing community.

As news of Hasan Ali's desire circulates, cricket enthusiasts and the media are actively engaging in discussions. Here as some of the tweets of the fans on "X" formerly Twitter:








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