Abdul Razzaq to be 'Knighted' in Kolkata?

Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 15:30 [IST]
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Abdul Razzaq to be 'Knighted' in Kolkata

Abdul Razzaq could become first and the only Pakistani cricketer to appear in the third season of the Indian Premier League. Just hours after Deccan Chargers Hyderabad had denied plans to approach the Pakistni all-rounder Shahrukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders seems to be interested in him. Shahrukh it may be recalled was the first voice among the team franchise who had voiced support for cricketers from Pakistan in the IPL.

Abdul Razzaq was quoted as saying on a website “A one-year contract with KKR is ready, I have been told, but the IPL"s clearance is needed first," Razzaq also said he had been offered a contract by the KKR franchise and it's captain Sourav Ganguly. Sourav Ganguly on his part gave a very measures reply to the question on Razzaq. In an interview to NDTV the former Indian captain said “We have spoken to Razzaq for a very long time, we wanted him in the team but will wait for the IPL rules. The issue of Pakistani players is between the IPL and government. We shall have to wait for the rules "

The Pakistani Cricket Board on its part has also softened stand says that it has no objection to Razzaq's participation. PCB chief Ejaz Butt told a leading news daily "We never had objections. Why should the player not go if he has been invited." His statement is a complete contrast of what PCB has earlier decided on not allowing it's cricketers to take part in events in India any more. It will be interesting to see if Razzaq makes it to Kolkata Knight Riders this season.


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