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    At least 12 Pakistani players have shown interest in playing the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with most of the touring squad currently in Australia reportedly in touch with IPL authorities.

    According to information reaching here, the players have applied to the IPL requesting to be placed in next season's auction, though the identities of all the applicants is not yet clear.

    The IPL had earlier this month set a December 3 deadline for players from Pakistan to make themself available in the auction pool for IPL 3.

    However, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Gul are already under contracts with franchises from the first season, though they stand currently suspended.

    They could only find a place in the squads if their franchises free up a spot by replacing a foreign player.

    ''All the players here have sent emails to Lalit Modi expressing their interest for next season,'' one of the players told Cricinfo.

    ''We haven't yet applied for visas to India but we have the NOC's in place from the board.

    Meawhile, an IPL official has confirmed that ''over 12 players'' had applied from Pakistan though he doesn't want to give the clear figures.

    ''The PCB has passed out general NOCs for all its players, clearing them from their end to play next season. The board has been keen on its players being able to take part in the next season after they missed out on the last IPL, held in South Africa,'' the website added.

    However with relations between India and Pakistan remaining unstable, it is unclear whether franchises will show interest in Pakistan players during the auction.


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