Rishi Kapoor has made a plea for Pakistani players to be considered for playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) again. The 64-year-old actor took to Twitter on Tuesday night to make the request, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 10th edition of the cricket tournament.
IPL. You got world players. Afghanistan makes debut. My plea is please consider Pakistani players.Phir match hoga! Hum bade log hain.Please!— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 4, 2017
Two Afghanistan cricketers, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, will make their debut in the T20 league tournament for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year.
Kapoor’s plea comes at a time when ties between the two countries are going through a rough patch. No Pakistani player has played in the IPL after 2008.
The tenth edition of the IPL began on Wednesday evening with Royal Challengers Bangalore squaring off against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the second match of the tournament, Mumbai Indians take on Rising Pune Supergiant on Thursday.