IPL: Bangla spinner Rafique ponders SRK offer

Published: Monday, February 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Dhaka: Bangla left-arm spinner Mohd Rafique is considering an offer from Bollywood matinee idol Shah Rukh Khan to play in his Kolkata IPL side when the inaugural Twenty20 competition begins in April.

SRK recently bought the IPL's Kolkata team from the Indian cricket board (BCCI) for more than $75 million.

Rafique, who will retire when Bangla's home series against South Africa ends in March, said he was interested in the offer but would wait before making a decision.

"I felt really honoured after getting a call from him (Shah Rukh). But at the moment I am only thinking about the home series against South Africa," the left-arm spinner told reporters.

South Africa are due to arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday to play two Tests and three ODIs. The first Test starts in Dhaka on Feb. 22. The series ends in March.

Bangladesh selectors have recalled 37-year-old Rafique, who has played in 31 Tests and 125 one-dayers, in a 17-member preliminary squad.

"It is going to be my last series, so I want to finish it on a high," said Rafique, Bangladesh's leading wickettaker with 94 Test and 125 ODI wickets.

"I have remained in touch with Shah Rukh's agent in Kolkata. Hopefully we will sign a deal after the South Africa series is over," he added.


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