5 cricketers whose career was affected by the ICL

5 cricketers whose career was affected by the ICL

The first season of the now-defunct league was played a month after India's maiden T20 World Cup win.

Imran Nazir
Imran Nazir of Pakistan. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The year 2007 proved to be a watershed year in the history of not only Indian cricket but also world cricket. After India was knocked out of the 50-over World Cup, Zee head Subhash Chandra and former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev kickstarted what later turned out to be the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Chandra reached out to the marquee cricketers of the world and lured them with hefty contracts. The first season of the now-defunct league was played a month after India’s maiden T20 World Cup win. And, the BCCI, desperate to seal the moment decided to launch its own league- the IPL.

The BCCI forced other cricket boards to ban all the players, who were a part of the rebel league, and even though the ban was lifted in due course, it affected the careers of a lot of international cricketers.

Here’s a list of 5 cricketers whose careers were affected by the ICL:

5. Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The swashbuckling all-rounder was the bedrock of Pakistan white-ball sides throughout the 2000s courtesy his ability to turn the match around with both bat and the ball.

The inflection point in Razzaq’s career came in 2007 when a knee injury forced him out of the 50-over World Cup. Things turned from bad to worse when the all-rounder was dropped from Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad. Enraged Razzaq announced his retirement in the process before revoking a few months later.

Razzaq then proceeded to become a rebel cricketer when he joined the Indian Cricket League where he signed up for Hyderabad Heroes. The all-rounder, like many other International cricketers, was banned for joining the now-defunct league.

Razzaq lost almost two years of his career due to his participation in the ICL, and even though he returned to International cricket in 2009, where he played a crucial role in Pakistan’s 2009 T20 World Cup win besides playing one of the most stonewalling counterattacking innings against South Africa in 2010, he was well past his prime and was eventually discarded from the side thereafter.