Offbeat November 23, 2009

Razzaq beaten in flight

Cricketers have stated some unusual excuses for missing games

Cricketers have stated some unusual excuses for missing games. Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq had one of his own when he didn’t show up at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur for Abahani’s Premier Division Cricket League match against Gazi Tank. The allrounder apparently failed to get on the flight to Dhaka for the match thanks to a false tip-off from an anonymous caller that the match was cancelled due to Eid holidays.

"What we learnt is that someone from Dhaka, in the name of an Abahani official, gave him a call and told that the league matches will resume after the Eid vacation and that's why he cancelled his ticket,” Jalal Yunus, vice-chairman of Abahani's cricket committee, told the Daily Star. “He took the decision from the airport but surprisingly he didn't even check with the agent.”

Yunus added that the identity of that caller is still a mystery, and that attempts to get Razzaq in the next available flight had failed. Timed out.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo