Sehwag county move scrapped
BCCI revoke batsman's clearance for Northants stint
Last Updated: 30/03/10 8:34pm
Sehwag: county hopes dashed
India batsman Virender Sehwag will be unable to play for Northants this summer after a U-turn from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
"Now we have to rethink and we are already actively seeking the possibility of bringing alternative potential match winners to supplement the fine squad that we have at the county ground."
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Sehwag, who is centrally contracted to the BCCI, had agreed a deal to play for the county in the Friends Provident Twenty20 competition this summer.
The BCCI initially gave the official go-ahead by issuing him with a no objection certificate (NOC) but have now changed their mind.
"I received an email out of the blue from the BCCI which said 'BCCI has (since) reviewed the international calendar of the Indian team during 2010 preceding the World Cup 2011," said Northants chief executive Mark Tagg.
"Considering the heavy work load of the Indian team during the year, it has been decided to revoke the NOC granted to all Indian contracted players - including Mr Virender Sehwag.' "
Tagg added: "This is really difficult news for us and Virender himself, who was very keen to play in this country this summer.
"After the excitement of receiving the NOC on Thursday, we were planning the season with confidence.
"But now we have to rethink and we are already actively seeking the possibility of bringing alternative potential match winners to supplement the fine squad that we have at the county ground."