Rajasthan Royals call back Mohammed Kaif for exhibition match

Mohammed Kaif, who was sent back from South Africa before the start of the IPL-II, has been recalled by Rajasthan Royals to play against Middlesex in an exhibition match at Lord’s in London.

The pre-planned charity match between the champions of the inaugural Indian Premier League and domestic Twenty20 champions of England is scheduled for July 6.

Kaif was asked to attend a practice camp in Jaipur, from where he returned on Wednesday.

Kaif said he had no idea about any decision made by the team management but he is excited to figure in the exhibition match.

“I am very excited to play in this match. I was told by the Rajasthan Royals officials that I have to play in this match and I was asked to make myself available for the match,” he said.

“I don’t know why I was asked to return from South Africa and why now I have been called. You can ask the officials.”

He said he spoke to Manoj Badale — the team owner– and Darren Barry, Assistant Coach during the camp in Jaipur.

“I am trying to quickly adapt to this format and I hope I will be really useful for the team,” he said.

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