Farhat and Razzaq to uphold ICL contracts
Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzaq have said they will play in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and accordingly leave for India on November 17 to join the other players.
Farhat and Razzaq were among the four Pakistan players, along with Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who joined the ICL in August. While Yousuf had cancelled his contract to make himself available for Pakistan, Inzamam is already in India for the tournament starting on November 30.
Farhat, who was served a legal notice by the Pakistan board for joining the ICL while still holding a contract with the PCB, said he had been asked by some board officials to return to Pakistan cricket. "They told me to come back and play for Pakistan but their condition is that I must cancel my contract with ICL which I don't consider right as I have a commitment with them," Farhat told the News, a Pakistan daily.
Razzaq, who took back his decision to retire from international cricket in order to play for Pakistan, said he had not been approached by any board member. "The thing is until they don't talk to me what can I say?" he said.
Meanwhile, the ICL unveiled jerseys for its six teams - Mumbai Champs, Chandigarh Lions, Chennai Super Stars, Delhi Jets, Hyderabad Heroes and Kolkata Tigers - in Mumbai. "We are nearing the start of the ICL competition and it's like a dream come true for us," said Kapil Dev, the chairman of the ICL's executive board.