Steelbacks stunned after BCCI revoke certificate

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

The Northants Steelbacks have suffered a major setback to their hopes in this summers Friends Provident t20 after the BCCI revoked their No Objection Certificate for Virender Sehwag.

The Indian batsman had been cleared by the BCCI on Thursday to play for the Steelbacks this summer but in an amazing turnaround Sehwag’s certificate entitling him to play county cricket was revoked.

After reviewing the heavy work load the Indian cricket team has this years the BCCI took the decision to revoke the NOC’s for all of their players this summer.

The decision has stunned Steelbacks Chief Executive Mark Tagg who was already planning for increased attendances this year at the County Ground.

"I received an email out of the blue from the BCCI which said “BCCI has (since) reviewed the International calendar of the Indian Team during 2010 preceding the World Cup 2011," said Tagg

"Considering the heavy work load of the Indian Team during the year, it has been decided to revoke the NOC granted to all Indian Contracted players including Mr. Virender Sehwag," he added.

"This is really difficult news for us and Virender himself who was very keen to play in this country this summer. After the excitement of receiving the NOC on Thursday we were planning the season with confidence but now we have to rethink."

"We are already actively seeking the possibility of bringing alternative potential match winners to supplement the fine squad that we have at the County Ground."
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