Bollywood celebrity and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty has said that the non-inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL was by their availability and not nationality. She made it clear that she didn't want to take risk by selecting pakistani players.
Shilpa Shetty at a function organized by the Rajasthan Royals said "The decision on Pak players was never on nationality, it was always on availability. And by availability I don't mean dates on a diary. I'm talking about whether they'll be available in India for us to use them. We didn't want to take risk," .No Pakistani player was bought by the eight IPL teams during an auction for the third edition of the competition
Shilpa Shetty recently supported Shahrukh Khan and she described it as a unfortunate, that the actor was being targeted for expressing his opinion. she says these controversy has affected the spirit of the game. "What is great about IPL is that when a wicket falls, we see a Pakistani and Indian player hug each other and see an Australian and South African do a high-five, I miss that. These controversies have take away the spirit of the game," Shipa adds.