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Injured Mushtaq quits ICL

Pakistan's famed leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has confirmed his resignation from the ICL but claimed this was because of a nagging knee problem that prevented him from playing in the Twenty20 league this season.

Insisting that his decision to resign from the ICL was not linked to his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board as bowling coach and consultant, Mushtaq said he had parted ways with the ICL in amicable fashion.

"I have reached an understanding with them to part ways. I have sent them my resignation," he added. Mushtaq has returned to Lahore to prepare for his new coaching role with the England team and the ECB's performance centre where he will work with the spinners.

The ECB is also seeking his help to prepare the national team spinners for the India tour starting mid-November. "I will definitely be joining the England team in the last week of November but if the ECB wants me to start assisting their bowlers before that in India I have no problems with that," he said.

Mushtaq's contract with the ECB has also been questioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) who have told the ECB to reconsider their agreement with the Pakistani leg-spinner because of his past.

Mushtaq, who took 185 wickets in Test cricket and 166 in one-day Internationals, was among those mentioned prominently by a judicial commission probing into match-fixing allegations.

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