LAHORE The Pakistan Cricket Board will officially raise the issue of the Indian Premier League auction with the International Cricket Council. Talking to media after a detailed meeting with the PCB chairman, Federal Sports Minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani said that IPL is a commercial tournament and he and his Indian counterpart could not do anything on the exclusion of the Pakistan players from the game. I did talk to the Indian sports minister and he conveyed his surprise over the Pakistans players snub in the IPL auction. But he said that as IPL was entirely a private event and the Indian government had nothing to say and do on the issue, said the sports minister. But he said the Indian government was behind this decision to exclude Pakistan cricketers. The PCB will file a complaint with the ICC after its players were ignored during the IPL auction earlier this week, said Ijaz Butt, PCB chairman. The eight IPL franchises on Tuesday did not bid for any of the 11 Pakistan cricketers including its Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi. Jhakrani said the exclusion of Pakistan players is a serious issue. Pakistan is the reigning world Twenty20 champion and they were treated like this, he added. Jhakrani added: Its our unanimous decision to take up this issue at the highest forum and lodge our protest at the ICC. The PCB official briefed the sports minister in details about the PCBs business plans along with the steps the board was mulling after the their cricketers went unsold in the Indian Premier League auction. The sports minister and PCB chairman meeting was aimed at providing the former with the clear cut picture of the issue after the government had cleared the players participation in the IPL. The sports Minister further said that he was satisfied with the performance of the PCB and the national cricketers. Win and loss are part of the game but the way the team lost the Sydney Test should come under scanner, he added. We did not want to bring the PCB under the ministry but amendments in the constitution would be made for better working, he added. We have also discussed the domestic cricket structure and the development programme and the under-19 team has bee selected under that programme, he said. On hockey teams participation in World Cup, he said he was not alone to take the decision and it was also not an Indian tournament. Too early to say anything about India series: Butt PCB chairman Ijaz Butt sees the bilateral cricket ties between Pakistan and India as premature. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr Butt said: Its premature to decide or say anything about the series against India on a neutral venue. Mr Butts statement on the series has come after Pakistan players were ignored by the Indian Premier League, which has ignited widespread protest and political wrangling. We are raising the issues with the ICC, said Ijaz Butt. The PCB chairman and federal sports minister Friday discussed the issue and decided to take up the matter with the ICC officials. On Thursday, former Pakistan captain-turned politicians Imran Khan also called upon the PCB to raise the subject with the ICC. Pakistan and India have not played bilateral cricket since 2007. India was to take the tour but the political development kept the cricket crazy nations away from the playing field. Pakistan has expressed his desire to play them on neutral venues but the Indian board and its government was not willing to play as yet and the boards also did not find any opening in the cricket schedule to plan a series or a couple of matches. The security situation in the country has not only deprived Pakistan of several home series but also took away the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and its share of matches of the 2011 World Cup, which it was to host with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh after the Sri Lankan team was attacked in March last year. Critics and political pundits see the neighbourng countrys hand behind the attack in reply to the Indias perceived involvement of Pakistan in Mumbais terror incident. They believe India did not come in support of Pakistan when the ICC deprived Pakistan of the World Cup matches. But Mr Butt did not see Indian hand behind the World Cup matches deprivation. There was no Indian hand in the moving away of the World Cup matches from Pakistan, said Ijaz. However, all the upheavals that came from the political and terror attack that compelled the PCB to hold its home series on neutral venue has hit it hard and its finances has reduced badly. Ijaz said that the PCB is under financial difficulties and it would only recover when foreign teams start playing in Pakistan. Amid all this crisis, the PCB is further facing threats of take over from the sports ministry and possible amendments in the PCB constitution. But Ijaz Butt pointed out that the board is being run in accordance with the constitution. Although there are certain people who were trying to enter the governing board through a back door, he added. Ijaz said that they wont allow those people to come in from illegal ways and the vacant governing board posts will be filled soon.