Mumbai: Its official now. Reining Indian Premier League Champions Deccan Chargers have confirmed that they won’t be signing up Abdul Razzaq as they don’t have a slot left wih them.
Confusion had prevailed over the status of Razzaq in forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. Even as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt went on record saying that the Pakistani all-rounder has been snapped up by Deccan Chargers, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi butted in, saying that the transaction was not in accordance to the rule books.
Speaking from the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Modi said that only Rajasthan Royals have the fund to sign additional players and if they want, they can buy Pakistani players.
In what seemed a significant development, Pakistan all-rounder Razzaq was being pursued by Deccan Chargers as a replacement for injured West Indies paceman Fidel Edwards.
Butt had said that he had received a letter in which “Deccan Chargers had invited Razzaq to represent them” in IPL-III.
“I have asked him to get the letter of invitation on email and I’m expecting a copy of that. I will then talk to our High Commissioner (in India) and have a word with Razzaq,” said Butt. “I will also follow this up with the franchisee, if need be.”
But just as this breakthrough seemed to simmer down tensions between India and Pakistan, after the latters’ players were snubbed during an IPL auction, Modi brought the rule book to the table.
Deccan had $30,000 and a slot left. "Razzaq`s reserve price was $50,000 so they cannot buy him with the money they have even if they have a slot left," an IPL official explained.
IPL CEO Sundar Raman had also said that as of now "there has been no request from the (Deccan Chargers) team seeking a replacement".
"They cannot buy because they don`t have enough money left from their purse. If they are seeking a replacement, we`re yet to hear about it," he was quoted as saying.
Among the other seven teams, only Mumbai Indians have a vacant slot but they have not decided on any replacement.
Most others have either spent their entire purse of $750,000 for the 2010 auction or have no slot left.
But Mumbai Indians have no money left, having exhausted their $750,000 cap on acquiring West India Kieron Pollard. Chennai Super Kings also have "no slot left" and KKR too spent their one slot on buying Kiwi Shane Bond.