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The third IPL auction, held in Mumbai on Tuesday, has been overshadowed by a controversy arising from the fact that not a single Pakistani player of the 11 on the auction list – including several of the World Cup-winning team – was picked up. Pakistan’s players have reacted with anger and attributed the blackout to politics; the IPL has said it was the franchises’ decision and the franchises have explained it on grounds of cricketing strategy or availability during the tournament.
Though the players – including proven Twenty20 performers Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul and emerging talent Mohammed Aamer and Umar Akmal – had been given the go-ahead from the Pakistan government, franchises were said to be wary over whether the strained relations with India would affect their ability to get visas.