The Candid Eye

February 1, 2010

My family is from Pak, let’s not hate them: Shah Rukh Khan ; You go to Karachi : Shiv Sena to Shah Rukh

As a perceived snub to Pakistani players by the Indian Premier League spark a spat between the neighbouring countries, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, an IPL franchisee himself, believes they should have been picked.

“I truly believe they (Pakistan playeers) should have been chosen,” Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR), said.Khan however said that since “some issues” were involved the matter could have been handled by the IPL “respectfully”.

“My family is from Pakistan. There are issues but we need to solve them. Let’s love each other,” Shah Rukh said.No Pakistani player was bought by the eight Indian clubs during an auction on Tuesday for the third edition of the glitzy IPL despite the Pakistan team being the reigning world champions in the Twenty20 format of the cricket tournament.

Rooting for the Pakistani players, Khan said they are the best T20 players in the world. “They are the champions, they are wonderful but somewhere down the line there is an issue and we can’t deny it,” he told NDTV.

Khan said it was humiliating to him as a KKR owner that no one bid for the Pakistani players despite them being put up for auction.

You go to Karachi: Sena to Shah Rukh

Shiv Sena attacked Shah Rukh Khan for lamenting exclusion of Pakistani players from IPL and dared him to take the players in his team Kolkata Knight Riders.

“If Shah Rukh wants Pakistani players to play here, he should go to Karachi and Islamabad to play with them. If he includes Pakistani players in his team, he should be aware of the consequences,” Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

Reacting to the non-selection of Pakistani players in the IPL auction, Bollywood star and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Shah Rukh Khan had recently said that they (Pakistani players) should have been welcomed.

“I truly believe they (Pakistan players) should have been chosen,” Khan had said.”We would have loved to have Pakistani players if they were made available legally,” he had said.

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