Indian board block Leicestershire bid to sign Pathan

Leicestershire have been forced to drop their interest in Irfan Pathan after failing to obtain clearance for the India all-rounder to play for them in this season’s Friends Life t20.

The county had agreed terms with Pathan but the deal was always dependent upon them securing a certificate of no objection from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Without BCCI approval Pathan could not play county cricket and so Leicestershire have been forced to look elsewhere for an overseas player to play alongside Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald in this year’s Twenty20 Cup.

Though these are tough financial times, Leicestershire do have some money to spend on an overseas player because of savings made during the first six weeks of the season while McDonald was playing in the Indian Premier League.

Leicestershire are keen to recruit a second all-rounder with plenty of Twenty20 experience to bolster a side that disappointed in the short form of the game last season.

Though Leicestershire won at Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford and Headingley last season they lost seven out of their eight Friends Provident t20 matches at Grace Road with the other being a washout against Durham.

Their form in this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40 – five defeats and a win over Scotland – has persuaded them that a quality international overseas all-rounder is required if they are to have any hope of progressing from a tough t20 group.

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