The Indian Premier League is always full of surprises. After all the fuss over Pakistan being ‘excluded’ from the 2010 auction comes a soothener: IPL-2 champions Deccan Chargers will be signing up Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, as an injury replacement for IPL-3.
Incidentally, Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan had recently said that he was keen on signing Razzaq, but seems to have missed out.
Deccan Chargers chairman V Shankar said on Thursday, “One of our (international) players is injured and needs a surgery. Therefore, we needed a replacement and Razzaq fits the bill well because of his all-round abilities. There was never an issue about Pakistan players being deliberately not picked as has been talked about all along.”
The injured cricketer in the Deccan camp is West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Chargers did not reveal any further details but the injury to Edwards opened up a slot for an international cricketer, paving the way for Razzaq. However, as of now, Chargers is the only team going ahead and buying a player from across the border.