Taufiq Umar opts for ICL
Lahore, Oct 29- Pakistani Test discard Taufiq Umar is to join the Indian Cricket League (ICL) even though other senior players who had earlier opted for the rebel league have returned to the fold.
‘Taufiq, an opening batsman, does not foresee any future prospects for himself in Pakistan cricket,’ Dawn reported Monday, quoting sources. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Farhat had also opted for the ICL, but Yousuf then decided to disassociate himself from the league.
Razzaq, who announced his retirement from international cricket to join the ICL, backtracked Saturday and there are reports he is also thinking of saying goodbye to the ICL, the newspaper said. Inzamam and Farhat are, however, firm on their commitment to the ICL.
Taufiq along with Farhat was involved in three opening century stands in the last home series against South Africa, and his decision to switch to the ICL ‘will definitely compound Pakistan’s problems in finding a reliable opening pair in the future’, Dawn said.