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Naved released from ICL contract

Rana Naved ul-Hasan
Naved-ul-Hasan is in his second season with Yorkshire

Yorkshire's overseas star Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has been released from his Indian Cricket League contract.

The decision means the Tykes will now be able to field the Pakistan right-arm medium-fast bowler in the Twenty20 Cup, which begins next week.

This development should mean Yorkshire will face no repercussions for fielding Naved should they win the cup and qualify for the Champions League.

The International Cricket Council has still yet to sanction the ICL.

Last season, any English county who fielded players from the unsanctioned ICL in any domestic competition were banned from taking part in the lucrative Champions League.

However, before the start of the 2009 season the Champions League's administrators relaxed rules that meant Yorkshire would be eligible for the Champions League as long as Naved did not play in the Twenty20 Cup.

Now Naved is no longer contracted to the ICL, he will be able to play in the competition with no fear of punishment for either him or his county.

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