Mushtaq not coming to India for Test series

Updated: 05 December 2008 12:24 IST

The Indian Cricket Board has ensured that England's spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed does not travel with the English team for the upcoming Test series.

Mushtaq not coming to India for Test series

Karachi:

The Indian Cricket Board has ensured that Pakistan's former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is England's spin bowling coach, does not travel with the English team for the upcoming Test series as the BCCI has taken a strong stand on his past links with ICL.

Sources close to Mushtaq confirmed that he was not travelling with the team to India because of his past affiliation with the rebel Indian Cricket League.

"Yes it is true that the Indian board made it clear to the Wales and English cricket board that they couldn't allow Mushtaq to work with the England team as spin bowling coach on the Indian tour as he had played in the illegal ICL," one source said.

"The Indian board made it clear to the ECB that since they had a very strong stand on the ICL and didn't recognise it and both were in a litigation they couldn't allow Mushtaq to work in India with the England team," he said.

The source said that Mushtaq who dropped his ICL contract after being appointed as spin bowling coach/consultant by the ECB was extremely disappointed when told he would not be going to India for the Test series.

"Mushtaq under his contract with the ECB has to work 100-days a year with them and he will now join them for the home series against the West Indies next summer," it said.

The ECB had wanted the former Pakistani Test spinner and assistant coach to prepare their spinners including Monty Panesar for the Test series in India.

The International Cricket Council had also raised some concern at the ECB hiring Mushtaq because of past allegations that he was involved in match-fixing a charge the leg-spinner denies.



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