Abu Dhabi T10: Anis Sajan hits PCB googly for a six
Sajan was quick to replace Malik with the hugely-experienced Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews
The Pakistan Cricket Board may have bowled a googly by not giving the NOC (no objection certificate) to their players for the Abu Dhabi T10, but the Delhi Bulls team mentor Anis Sajan still got into position quickly to hit the 'wrong'un' out of the park.
The Delhi Bulls had picked four Pakistani players in the Draft - Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain and Aamer Yamin. But the PCB decided to revoke the NOC just after the Draft.
Sajan, though, was quick to replace Malik with the hugely-experienced Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews.
"See PCB did that after the Draft, so obviously people will be upset. We lost four players," Sajan told Khaleej Times.
"But we have replaced Malik with Angelo Mathews. Malik is a very good player. But Angelo is also known for his finishing skills," added Sajan.
"Then England fast bowler David Willey comes in place of Tanvir. Yes, we lost the young Pakistani fast bowling sensation Hasnain. But we now have Dushmantha Chameera who can also be really quick.
"And in place of Aamer Yamin, our highest wicket-taker last season, we have gone for Ravi Rampaul. You know Ravi had a fantastic NatWest T20 series in England where his economy rate was below five in the death overs!"
Having said that, Sajan admitted that he was upset with the PCB decision.
"We thought Malik and Tanvir would get the NOC because they didn't have PCB contracts and they were not in the Pakistan team. I don't really understand the logic behind PCB's decision."
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