Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2017

Indian star Yusuf Pathan withdrawn from roster in blow for Hong Kong T20 Blitz organisers

Indian player is withdrawn by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, who had previously given their blessing for him to play

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 10:22am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 12:41pm

Indian star Yusuf Pathan has been withdrawn from the DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, who had previously given their blessing for him to play.

In a move that came as a disappointment for organisers of the annual short-form extravaganza, Cricket Hong Kong and Kowloon Cantons, the franchise he was set to represent at the March 8-12 event, announced that the permission the BCCI had previously granted for the 34-year-old Pathan to participate had been rescinded.

“Cricket Hong Kong and Kowloon Cantons can confirm that the NOC (Non-Objection Certificate), which was issued for Yusuf Pathan to play in the DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz has been revoked,” read a statement.

“Both CHK and the Cantons accept and respect the decision of the BCCI.”

Cricket Hong Kong CEO Tim Cutler said, “We respect the BCCI’s right to revoke the NOC for Yusuf Pathan as any other member has in regards to overseas players. Obviously it would have been fantastic to have Yusuf here playing in the tournament for cricket fans in Hong Kong.”

“However, there will still be 25 world class overseas cricketers playing in this event, which we believe will be a landmark event for Associate cricket.”

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Pathan’s appearance at the Blitz had been hailed as a groundbreaking development as the Board of Control for Cricket in India had never previously allowed one of its contracted players to represent franchises outside of the Indian Premier League.