Essex have learnt that hard-hitting Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan's planned move to the county to play in the Friends Provident t20 has been called off after the Indian board (BCCI) revoked his No Objection Certificate (NOC).
Essex had signed the deal with Pathan earlier in the year but chose not to make the decision public.
David East, Essex Cricket Chief Executive explained: “Six weeks ago we completed the signing of Yusuf for our 2010 Friends Provident t20 campaign. We made the decision not to make this public until we had received the NOC from the BCCI.We made a formal request for Yusuf’s release to the BCCI and received verbal confirmation from the player that this would be granted by them. On the 26th March we received official confirmation from BCCI that Yusuf could play for us this season, subject to the usual agreement that should he be required for international duty during his time with us then he would be released back to play for India.
“Unfortunately the following day (27th March) we received notification that the NOC had been revoked by the BCCIbecause of a review of the Indian players international workload during the course of the year. Naturally we are very disappointed and puzzled by the timing of their decision. We have made contact with Yusuf asking him to make personal representation to the Indian Board requesting they reconsider their decision and we await the outcome. We would like to reassure all members and supporters that we will continue to do all we can to secure Yusuffor this season’s FP t20 campaign, but should this not be possible we will continue to search for the right person to add to our already strong Twenty20 squad."
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