Former NZ stars sign up with rebel Indian league
CRICKET: NEW DELHI, Sept 29, 2007 - Former New Zealand stars Chris
Cairns and Nathan Astle have signed deals with the breakaway Indian
Cricket League, organisers announced Friday.
Four other former international cricketers, including Pakistan's
Azhar Mahmood, have joined ranks with the multi-million dollar league, a
statement from Zee Telefilms, who are bankrolling the league, said.
Kiwi players Chris Harris and Hamish Marshall, and England's Darren
Maddy, complete the new list of signing by the league, set to start
later this year.
Kapil Dev, the legendary Indian all-rounder who spearheads the ICL,
said the deals were consistent with the league's promise to attract
quality international players.
"The signing are in line with our objective of providing the best
platform to young cricketers to play alongside the superstars of
international cricket," he was quoted as saying in the statement.
The fresh deals take the total number of international players to be
aligned with the rebel league to 12, with questions hanging over the
availability of Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf.
Yousuf announced he had broken his contract with the ICL to represent
the national team in the Test series against South Africa but the
organisers insisted Friday that the prolific batsman would turn out for
Former Test captains Brian Lara of the West Indies and Inzamam-ul-Haq
of Pakistan lead the ICL list, which also includes South Africans Lance
Klusener and Nicky Boje.
The Indian cricket board, as well as its Pakistani and Sri Lankan
counterparts, has barred players aligning with the ICL from playing
first-class cricket. This makes them ineligible for selection for