“They are the champions, they are wonderful but somewhere down the line there is an issue and we can’t deny it. We are known to invite everyone. We should have. If there were any issues, they should have been put on board earlier. Everything can happen respectfully,” he told a news channel.
Shah Rukh’s statement is bound to ruffle the feathers of other team owners, who have been defending their decision to give the Pakistanis a miss unapologetically.
“A lot of Australian players were not taken in the auction but zeroed in on that particular thing. So the idea of sensationalising the country’s conscience is handlelled by the media. It is very, very important for the media to react sensibly,” said Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta.
“Are we in a situation to provide security with certain political parties and lunatic fringes constantly threatening? I don’t think that is something that we wanted to take the onus for. And we were the losers,” said Shilipa Shetty, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals.
IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, too, won’t be pleased with SRK. After all he has been blaming the media for the controversy.
“Why are you taking the case of only one country?” Modi had asked the reporters.
Clearly just as the storm was showing signs of tapering off, SRK’s words are bound to find resonance on both sides of the border.