Razzaq at the center of new IPL signing row
Pakistan's Abdul Razzaq is at the center of a new IPL row with the all rounder claiming the Deccan Chargers have approached him to play in this years IPL.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters in India that the Chargers will make an official approach for Razzaq after the row over the 'snub' of Pakistan cricketers at the player auction had died down in the last few days.
"I have asked him to get the letter of invitation on email and I’m expecting a copy of that tomorrow morning. I will then talk to our High Commissioner (in India) and have a word with Razzaq" said Butt.
The Chargers however have confirmed they have no interest in signing Razzaq and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi went further by saying the Chargers have no money or any space to sign the Pakistani.
"They have exhausted everything on (West Indies pacer) Kemar Roach in the auction. Even if they had a slot, there's no money unless someone gets injured and is unavailable for the season. In that case, he could be replaced by someone else from the auction pool.” Modi told the Hindustan Times.
This leaves Razzaq with little option but to wait, the Mumbai Indians are the only team with a slot free to sign a player but they spent their $750,000 budget on Kieron Pollard at last weeks auction.
If any of the franchises suffer an injury Razzaq and the other Pakistan cricketers could be signed as a replacement.