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Razzaq gets ICC clearance, says joining ICL was a 'mistake'


Posted: Jun 11, 2009 at 1628 hrs IST

London: The International Cricket Council has approved former rebel Indian Cricket League player Abdul Razzaq as replacement for injured Yasir Arafat in the Pakistan squad for the remainder of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. The ICC said in a statement that the event technical committee of the ICC World Twenty20 has approved Razzaq as Arafat's replacement and the confirmation has been conveyed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Arafat suffered a hamstring injury during the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup and was advised 12 days rest. The ICC said Razzaq has been deemed eligible to take part in the tournament after he terminated his contract with the ICL and received a sanction from the PCB for his involvement in unofficial cricket. "The PCB has advised the ICC it has imposed a sanction on Abdul Razzaq in accordance with the ICC Board resolution," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

Meanwhile, an overwhelmed Razzaq said it was great feeling to don the national colours after a long time. "It's a great feeling to know that I am going to return to action in the Pakistan team. I would be playing for Pakistan after nearly two years. I have missed playing for my national team all this time," said the all-rounder who is expected to play Pakistan's first Super Eight match against Sri Lanka on Friday.

‘Joining ICL was perhaps a mistake’

His international career resurrected with the surprise call up in the Twenty20 World Cup squad, Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq reckons joining the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League was perhaps a mistake on his part.

"Perhaps it was an error on my part but those two years are behind me now and I want to enjoy my remaining cricketing years playing for Pakistan," Razzaq said on Thursday.

The all-rounder, a veteran of 46 Tests and 231 one-day internationals, has been cleared by the ICC to join the Pakistan team in the World Twenty20 tournament in place of the injured pacer Yasir Arafat.

Razzaq thus became the first ICL player to be allowed to play for his national team once again after resigning from the rebel league.

"When I joined the ICL in 2007, I was frustrated at being dropped from the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup and by the behaviour of the board and some officials. But now those two years are behind me and it is like a dream come true for me to be able to represent my country again," the 29-year old said.

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