South Africa T20 series January 23, 2012

No Afridi or Razzaq in South Africa's T20 competition

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Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq will not travel to play in South Africa's domestic 20-over competition. The Pakistan duo was signed up by the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise, whose chief executive Cassim Docrat confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that neither will participate in the tournament.

National duty will keep Afridi away from The Wanderers. Pakistan play four ODIs and three T20s against England between February 13 and 27. Afridi will then play two matches for the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League and will likely also be involved in the Asia Cup which is scheduled for March 12 to 22. The South African tournament runs over six weeks from February 15 which will clash with both these events.

Razzaq recently had a shoulder injury which kept him out of Pakistan's end-of-year tour to Bangladesh. He played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, alongside Afridi, but has not been performing to standard. He scored 42 runs in six matches and took two wickets for a bloated 123 runs. Docrat said the decision was taken from the Lions side not to pursue the engagement with Razzaq.

The withdrawal of the Pakistan pair leaves the South African competition with just one of its four major signings. Shaun Tait, the Australia fast bowler, pulled out of the Durban-based Dolphins squad two weeks ago with an elbow injury. Only Chris Gayle is still confirmed, for the Dolphins, though there was some speculation about his availability following his hefty deal with the Bangladesh Premier League.

Gayle was bought for US$ 551,000 by Barisal and will only play a handful of matches in Dhaka. The amount he is being paid by the BPL is reportedly eight times more than the Dolphins are dishing out for him but they have received a guarantee from Gayle's management.

"When I saw that he was involved in the Bangladesh Premier League I called his agent to see if it would affect his South African deal," Jesse Chellan, chief executive of the Dolphins said. "His agent has assured us that he will be available for the full campaign. He is due to arrive on February 16."

The Dolphins are still searching for a replacement for Tait. Chellan said the BPL has "hampered us," in the search to find suitable foreign players. Kieron Pollard and Sohail Tanvir were also on the radar of some South African franchises but have both been contracted by the BPL.

The Lions are close to signing Dirk Nannes while the Cobras and Titans have secured the services of Owais Shah and Alfonso Thomas respectively. One of the other names mentioned is that of Dwayne Bravo, who was not picked up at the BPL.

The six South African franchises are allowed to contract two foreign players each. The yet-to-be-named to seventh franchise, which will be announced this week and will comprise of the best semi-professional cricketers in the country, will be allowed four. However, with the prospects thinning out it seems likely that the tournament will be without the glam factor that a foreign contingent brings, leaving the competition at risk of being the lowest in profile among its counterparts.

The IPL leads the pack but T20 competitions in other countries have followed suit. The BBL, the BPL and even Zimbabwe's Stanbic T20 featured some of the games marquee 20-over cricketers while South Africa's does not even have a name or a sponsor yet.

The ongoing bonus scandal has kept corporates away from CSA over the past summer. They played the T20s and one-day series against Australia without a backer and secured cooking oil manufacturer Sunfoil ahead of the two Tests. Sunfoil have stayed on for the Sri Lanka series and extended their agreement to include the one-day series.

Standard Bank sponsored the 20-over competition since its inception but pulled out at the end of last season when they cancelled all their sports sponsorships. CSA are still in negotiations for a replacement but the recent resignation of their commercial manager, Richard Glover, has set them further back. With the competition little over three weeks away, the possibility of the tournament being funded entirely by CSA is looming.

A source close to CSA said the body can handle the costs "for now," although the format of the 20-over competition was altered to cater for a specific sponsor. A seventh franchise was included and the teams will play a double-round of fixtures instead of just one match against each of the other teams as was previously the case. "At least CSA have stuck to the new format and have not downgraded the event just because there is no sponsor yet," the source said.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    not good .. lets hope boom boom leave a mark in UAE ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Everyone loves to see Afridi or Razzaq playing in any nation, Pakistani players should never even think about IPL becoz there is no need for them to play IPL. Why to play on a nation who not even wants to see Pakistani side playing in their country. that doesn't mean end of the world. BPL,BBL or even English T20 is much much better than IPL. IPL is long and boring format and i think this is the major reason of indian side that they cant even a single test match in any other nation except their flat pitches. World champions of flat grounds lol. :P

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @karan sagar at least he's not a hypocrite like the so called little master who makes it a point not to miss a single ipl match but when it comes to international T20s he says that he is too old for T20, doesn't miss his national duties to keep making meaningless runs and yes wait for that elusive 100

  • POSTED BY owais_90 on | January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    plz write his full name his not razzaq its abdul razzaq

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | January 24, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I see end of the road for International matches for most of the players and earlier retirements. If any one who plays in these tournaments and talk about busy schedule they must be slapped on their face.

  • POSTED BY alikhan224 on | January 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Proud of BOOM BOOM AFRIDI for such a brave act...it takes a lot of courage to reject around 60,000,000 PKR for Pakistan ODIs...what a sportsmen and a true pakistani....Cheers afridi.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @Hassan.Farooqi : ICC doesnt need to come to this schedules.. The organisers can look into it.. From team perspective, overlapping does cause some hurdles.. Freelancers who specialize only this format will be missed..

  • POSTED BY mano.mcse on | January 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    afridi is a good fighter to all. COMPARE TO SEHWAG AFRIDI NOT BAD.HE IS REAL T20 BATSMAN IN PAKISTAN. THEY ARE MISSED mogamad yousuf.

  • POSTED BY SRHaider on | January 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @Karansagar....atleast he has the courage to decline $750K BPL and now SA T20 for Pakistan. Sachin never plays for India in T20 but is a regular in IPL. You need to decide what comes first... the country or money! Afridi has made a right choice... Indian cricketers have not!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    boom boom afridi & razak dangerous player's

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    not good .. lets hope boom boom leave a mark in UAE ...

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Everyone loves to see Afridi or Razzaq playing in any nation, Pakistani players should never even think about IPL becoz there is no need for them to play IPL. Why to play on a nation who not even wants to see Pakistani side playing in their country. that doesn't mean end of the world. BPL,BBL or even English T20 is much much better than IPL. IPL is long and boring format and i think this is the major reason of indian side that they cant even a single test match in any other nation except their flat pitches. World champions of flat grounds lol. :P

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @karan sagar at least he's not a hypocrite like the so called little master who makes it a point not to miss a single ipl match but when it comes to international T20s he says that he is too old for T20, doesn't miss his national duties to keep making meaningless runs and yes wait for that elusive 100

  • POSTED BY owais_90 on | January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    plz write his full name his not razzaq its abdul razzaq

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | January 24, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I see end of the road for International matches for most of the players and earlier retirements. If any one who plays in these tournaments and talk about busy schedule they must be slapped on their face.

  • POSTED BY alikhan224 on | January 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Proud of BOOM BOOM AFRIDI for such a brave act...it takes a lot of courage to reject around 60,000,000 PKR for Pakistan ODIs...what a sportsmen and a true pakistani....Cheers afridi.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @Hassan.Farooqi : ICC doesnt need to come to this schedules.. The organisers can look into it.. From team perspective, overlapping does cause some hurdles.. Freelancers who specialize only this format will be missed..

  • POSTED BY mano.mcse on | January 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    afridi is a good fighter to all. COMPARE TO SEHWAG AFRIDI NOT BAD.HE IS REAL T20 BATSMAN IN PAKISTAN. THEY ARE MISSED mogamad yousuf.

  • POSTED BY SRHaider on | January 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @Karansagar....atleast he has the courage to decline $750K BPL and now SA T20 for Pakistan. Sachin never plays for India in T20 but is a regular in IPL. You need to decide what comes first... the country or money! Afridi has made a right choice... Indian cricketers have not!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    boom boom afridi & razak dangerous player's

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @r1m2 It is not BBL (Big Bash League), it is BPL (Bangladesh Premier League),,, The Barisal Burners, which is a franchise of BPL, will give 8 times more than the Dolphins.. Best wishes for all format of cricket.....

  • POSTED BY gskgk on | January 24, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    With Chris Gayle playing every T20 championship on the globe , there is every chance that he will need to play for every team in the Champions Trophy !!!

  • POSTED BY Pablo123 on | January 24, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I'm with iBilal on this - not good.

  • POSTED BY Max169 on | January 24, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo has Picked by Chittagong Kings for $150,000.00- a franchise of BPL. So, the report mentioning he is not picked by any BPL franchise is incorrect...

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    There is hardly any other international cricket played during IPL. I guess might is right, or perhaps money makes the mere go.

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | January 24, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Afridi & Razzaq rock the cricket game; no matter who they play for... As for IPL; who cares and the show is coming to end!

  • POSTED BY mlsp on | January 24, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    If they need a pace man who also can bat at the end (or even bat up in the order in T20s) they can deal with Chaminda Vaas . He is in good form as well .He is the 2nd height first class wicket taker in 2011

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St

    T20Is 6 2 1 33 21 33.00 41 80.48 0 0 1 0 0 0 First-class 221 296 58 6204 134 26.06 4 29 57 0 List A 409 284 90 3220 76* 16.59 0 8 83 0 Twenty20 49 43 8 643 73 18.37 582 110.48 0 4 55 15 8 0 Bowling averages Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Tests 111 194 23438 10501 355 7/71 14/191 29.58 2.68 66.0 20 12 2 ODIs 322 320 15775 11014 400 8/19 8/19 27.53 4.18 39.4 9 4 0 T20Is 6 6 132 128 6 2/14 2/14 21.33 5.81 22.0 0 0 0 First-class 221 40624+ 18747 766 7/28 24.47 2.76* 53.4* 34 4 List A 409 19345 13425 504 8/19 8/19 26.63 4.16 38.3 12 4 0 Twenty20 49 48 1005 1147 57 3/16 3/16 20.12 6.84 17.6 0

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I can hit the ball a miles too! and i'm dynamite in the field! oh yeh!!!! " i can also crank the ball close to 90mph!" so, tell your agent to get in touch with my agents and let's ink this thing IPL, BPL, PFT etc.

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | January 24, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Cricket going the soccer way. Five years from now, these leagues in many countries will be the main form of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 24, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Abdul Razaq is still young. He is a class player of limited overs but after injury going through some poor form. He can win you matches single handedly.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I don't think Abdul Razzaq is of International standard anymore. ODI's anyway. T20's keep him.

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | January 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    this writer is incorrect...West indies t20 tournament is lower than all...lower than Zimbabwe....

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | January 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Why can't ICC schedule these events so that they do not clash with each other. The fans would get to watch good cricket year round, and the players would get a steady income.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | January 23, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well what do they expect being cheap with the purse. If BBL is paying Gayle 8 times more to appear in less games (BBL is shorter than this league apparently), why on earth would Gayle play in SA? This is now completely down to money, and CSA doesn't want to spend it, so tough.

  • POSTED BY karansagar on | January 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Watch Afridi play for SA T20 compition. Since he will retire from Pakistan again

  • POSTED BY iBilal on | January 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    so many t20 leagues these days. Somebody has to do something about it. It has high potence to spoil and injure the cricketers. The day is not far when majority of players will abandon national sport for these t20 contracts, just like Gayle

  • POSTED BY criclover112 on | January 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    lol, so many IPL style T20 leagues cropping up.

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  • POSTED BY criclover112 on | January 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    lol, so many IPL style T20 leagues cropping up.

  • POSTED BY iBilal on | January 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    so many t20 leagues these days. Somebody has to do something about it. It has high potence to spoil and injure the cricketers. The day is not far when majority of players will abandon national sport for these t20 contracts, just like Gayle

  • POSTED BY karansagar on | January 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Watch Afridi play for SA T20 compition. Since he will retire from Pakistan again

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | January 23, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well what do they expect being cheap with the purse. If BBL is paying Gayle 8 times more to appear in less games (BBL is shorter than this league apparently), why on earth would Gayle play in SA? This is now completely down to money, and CSA doesn't want to spend it, so tough.

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | January 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Why can't ICC schedule these events so that they do not clash with each other. The fans would get to watch good cricket year round, and the players would get a steady income.

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | January 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    this writer is incorrect...West indies t20 tournament is lower than all...lower than Zimbabwe....

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I don't think Abdul Razzaq is of International standard anymore. ODI's anyway. T20's keep him.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 24, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Abdul Razaq is still young. He is a class player of limited overs but after injury going through some poor form. He can win you matches single handedly.

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | January 24, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Cricket going the soccer way. Five years from now, these leagues in many countries will be the main form of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I can hit the ball a miles too! and i'm dynamite in the field! oh yeh!!!! " i can also crank the ball close to 90mph!" so, tell your agent to get in touch with my agents and let's ink this thing IPL, BPL, PFT etc.