IPL 2018: Cricket is a beautiful game, tweets Saqlain Mushtaq

IPL 2018: Cricket is a beautiful game, tweets Saqlain Mushtaq

The former Pakistan spinner puts up a very touching tweet.

Saqlain Mushtaq, Moeen Ali
Saqlain Mushtaq and Moeen Ali during the nets. (Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

Whenever the IPL season rolls around, the still-imposed ban on the Pakistani cricketers becomes a trending topic of discussion. Although the participation of Pakistan cricketer would have certainly made the tournament more open and exciting, it has not been possible yet for various reasons. But while social media is usually used to seeing heated conversations being exchanged between the fans of the two countries, Saqlain Mushtaq has something more cordial to say.

As the 11th edition of the tournament kicked off on April 7, former Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq took to Twitter to show his support for IPL and all such similar cricket leagues. The likes of the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Big Bash League of Australia and the latest on the block, the Pakistan Super League have definitely helped improve the spirit of the game in the last few years. All of these tournaments have followed the path set down by the Indian Premier League way back in 2008.

In his tweet, Saqlain Mushtaq applauded these tournaments for bringing together the cricketers of various nations and also wished luck to all the participants of IPL.

“Cricket is a beautiful game,It teaches to respect & honour fellow beings. Tournaments like @thePSLt20 @IPL @CPL @BBL @OfficialBPL R teaching unity & togetherness so we must respect Every tourney.Good luck & well wishes to every1 who is a part of @IPL looking 4ward to the matchs” – Mushtaq’s tweet read.

The spirit of the cricketing world has been taking some serious blows in the last few weeks, especially after the ball-tampering saga. In the light of such events, a tweet like this from the bowling consultant of England will hopefully go a long way.

Here are some of the replies to Saqlain’s tweet:

IPL 2018 started off on Saturday, April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium with the classic clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the returning franchise Chennai Super Kings.