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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 September 2007, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Maddy 'joins rebel Indian league'
Darren Maddy
Maddy hit 113 runs in four Twenty20 games in South Africa
England batsman Darren Maddy has signed for the rebel Indian Cricket League, its chairman Kapil Dev has announced.

The 33-year-old played in the World Twenty20 for England after a seven-year absence from the international scene.

But he joins New Zealanders Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Hamish Marshall among 18 new signings.

"They are in line with our objective of providing the best platform for young cricketers from all corners of India to play alongside superstars," Kapil said.

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara and ex-Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq are the biggest names to have joined.

Pakistan's Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzaq, and South African duo Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje, are other high-profile players to link up with the Twenty20 league.

But several national boards have threatened to ban anyone who joins, while the Indian board is planning its own official Twenty20 competition.

Star Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf pulled out of his contract on Thursday and committed himself to his country, and the ICL - which was due to begin in October - has been delayed because of logistical reasons.



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