Pakistan Allows Razzaq to Join Knight Riders

Omar Khalid/IANS

Karachi, Sep 8: Pakistan's Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday allowed all-rounder Abdul Razzaq to sign a contract with Kolkata Knight Riders for next year's Indian Premier League (IPL).

PCB officials had a meeting with Razzaq at the board headquarters in Lahore, and after that chairman Ijaz Butt allowed the cricketer to join the Knight Riders.

Razzaq had informed Butt that the Knight Riders are seeking his services for the 2010 edition of the IPL.

The all-rounder, who quit the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) earlier this year, recently met Butt to seek his permission for what is expected to be a lucrative stint for Knight Riders that is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Razzaq, who was banned by the PCB for his links with ICL, made his international return with the ICC World Twenty championship in England in June.

He was a part of the Pakistan's team's tour of Sri Lanka earlier this summer but was dropped for the Champions Trophy because of lack of form and fitness.

The all-rounder was delighted to receive PCB's permission to join the IPL. "It is great news for me and I'm now looking forward to give my best for Knight Riders," he said.


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