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Inzamam and Klusener join rebels
India's breakaway Twenty20 league signs two more big recruits.
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2007 15:40 GMT

Kapil Dev: Bringing in the big names despite the threat bans [AFP]

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq and South African all-rounder Lance Klusener have signed on for an unofficial Indian Twenty20 league to be launched in India in October.
 
They join the Pakistani trio of batsman Mohammad Yousuf, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and batsman Imran Farhat plus retired South Africa spinner Nicky Boje in the league.
The Indian Cricket League (ICL), promoted by the Essel group, also named several former India players, including Dinesh Mongia, and domestic players.
 
Former India skipper Kapil Dev and Himanshu Mody, ICL's business head, claim to have signed up about 50 players so far.

The boards of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have threatened to ban players if they join the league, which was launched in May and plans to stage its inaugural tournament with a mix of foreign and domestic cricketers.

"Our focus is to entertain the people of our country who sometimes only see test (international) cricket, they don't see any other cricket," Kapil Dev said.

"I think these boys, they have the ability and have the talent."

Inzamam, who played 119 Tests and 378 one-day internationals, joins former West Indies test skipper Brian Lara, in committing to the competition.

The 37-year-old Inzamam stepped down as captain and retired from one-day internationals in March after his team was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup in the Caribbean.

However, Inzamam, who is to make his English county championship debut for Yorkshire later this month, plans to continue playing test cricket.

Pakistan all-rounder Razzaq announced his retirement from international cricket, citing his disappointment at being dropped from the squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan's batting mainstay, was not included for the South Africa event while Farhat asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to terminate his central contract and became the first Pakistan player to join the ICL.

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