IPL controversy likely to shatter Afridi's Champions League's dreams

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Sydney, Jan.26 (ANI): The controversy over the Indian Premier League's (IPL) snub to Pakistani cricketers has put in doubt hard hitting all-rounder Shahid Afridi's participation in the multimillion dollar T20 Champions League.

Chances of Afridi's participation in the Champions League for his team, the South Australian Redbacks, are bleak as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has threatened to boycott both the tournament along with the Indian Premier League's 2011 edition in wake of the IPL 'humiliation.'

Afridi's absence would be a massive blow for the Redbacks, which is hoping to pocket the 3.33 million dollar prize money in the Champions League.

When asked that whether Afridi would be playing in the T20 tournament or not , Pakistan Sports Minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani said : "At the moment, I cannot say. We're looking at this matter."

Meanwhile, Afridi said he was eagerly looking forward to participate in the Champions League, but added that the final decision would be taken by the Pakistan government.

"I think it is not my decision. I will speak to the Sports Minister and see what he is saying, then I will make a decision. I want to play in the Champions League," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Afridi, as saying.

However, there is some glimmer of hope for Afridi as Jakhrani said that the national team would not boycott any future tours of India in order to thwart India's attempt to alienate Pakistan on the international cricketing stage.

"All of this has been designed to isolate us, that is what India wants. We will not be isolated. There is a World Cup in the subcontinent in 2011 to be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. What if we make the final against India? We cannot quit, we will play," he said. (ANI)

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