Abdul Razzaq back in business
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 11th June 2009
Razzaq to replace Arafat
Abdul Razzaq is the first former Indian Cricket League member to get back into mainline cricket for Pakistan as he was named replacement for the injured Yasir Arafat.
According to an ICC release, “the event technical committee confirms Abdul Razzaq can replace Yasir Arafat in Pakistan squad for ICC World Twenty20 2009”.
The confirmation was conveyed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on behalf of the event technical committee on Wednesday.
Razzaq takes over from Arafat after the latter was diagnosed with a hamstring injury. Having reviewed the medical reports, the technical committee agreed to his replacement in the squad.
Razzaq has been deemed eligible to take part in the tournament having terminated his contract with the Indian Cricket League and received a sanction from the PCB for his involvement in unofficial cricket, the release adds.
The nature of that sanction is determined by each ICC Member Board subject to the laws within their own territories.
The requirement for each Member to impose some form of sanction is in accordance with an ICC Board resolution agreed at its most recent meeting in Dubai in April.
The rationale for the resolution was to protect the fabric of the game and to discourage players from switching at will from official to unofficial cricket and back again.