Inzy, Yousuf, Klusener join Indian Cricket League

Published: Monday, August 20, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq and South African all-rounder Lance Klusener have inked a deal with Indian Cricket League for its proposed Twenty20 series to be launched in Oct, organisers said on Monday.

The Pakistani trio of batsman Mohammad Yousuf, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and batsman Imran Farhat plus South Africa spinner Nicky Boje have also joined the league.

Earlier on Monday, Razzaq announced his retirement from international cricket in protest over the Pakistan Cricket Board's indifferent attitude towards senior players while opener Farhat, who was discarded for Twenty20 World Cup on the alleged disciplinary grounds, rejected PCB's central contract last week saying that it is a one-way document.

The Indian Cricket League (ICL), promoted by the Essel group which owns the country's largest listed media firm Zee Telefilms, also named several former India players and domestic cricketers.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev and Himanshu Mody, ICL's business head, said about 50 players had signed up so far.

The boards of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have threatened to ban players if they join the league.

The ICL had already signed up former West Indies skipper Brian Lara and are hoping to attract more top international names.

Dinesh Mongia, Ritender Singh Sodhi, S Sriram, Ambati Rayadu, J P Yadav, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Ibrahim Khaleel, Abosolom, R Satish, R Satish, Mithun Manhas Anirudha Singh, Indra Shekar Reddy Sachin Dholpure are some of the top notch first-class players from India to pen a deal with ICL.


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