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Essex miss out on Yusuf Pathan signing

The Essex Eagles have announced they have missed out on signing Indian all rounder Yusuf Pathan after the BCCI withdraw its 'no-objection certificate.

The Eagles completed the signing of Pathan six weeks ago but they have been waiting to make the announcement until the BBCI approved the move.

Pathan was given a 'no-objection certificate' last week allowing him to play in the Friends Provident t20 this summer for the Eagles but the BCCI revoked the NOC the very next day after they decided to rest their international player.

"Six weeks ago we completed the signing of Yusuf for our 2010 Friends Provident t20 campaign. We made the decision not to make this public until we had received the NOC from the BCCI," said Essex Cricket Chief Executive David East.

"We made a formal request for Yusuf’s release to the BCCI and received verbal confirmation from the player that this would be granted by them," he added.

"On the 26th March we received official confirmation from BCCI that Yusuf could play for us this season, subject to the usual agreement that should he be required for international duty during his time with us then he would be released back to play for India."

"Unfortunately the following day (27th March) we received notification that the NOC had been revoked by the BCCI because of a review of the Indian players international workload during the course of the year."

"Naturally we are very disappointed and puzzled by the timing of their decision. We have made contact with Yusuf asking him to make personal representation to the Indian Board requesting they reconsider their decision and we await the outcome."

"We would like to reassure all members and supporters that we will continue to do all we can to secure Yusuf for this season’s FP t20 campaign, but should this not be possible we will continue to search for the right person to add to our already strong Twenty20 squad".

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