Confusion reigned supreme over Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq's partcipation in this year's Indian Premier League as Deccan Chargers denied signing him amid reports that the player has been roped in as a substitute.
The former Indian Cricket League recruit was reportedly signed up by the Chargers as a replacement for injured West Indian pacer Fidel Edwards but the franchise denied the reports.
"We don't have a slot and I am denying it," Venkat Reddy, Vice President (Operations) Deccan Chargers, told PTI.
IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said DC just don't have any money left with them to rope in a new player.
"Currently, only Rajasthan Royals can have a slot. Deccan Chargers don't have any money. Only way to bring a new player is through injury replacement. But for that, the IPL governing has to be convinced that the injured player won't come back for even a single match," Modi said.
Earlier, sources close to Razzaq said the veteran all-rounder and Chargers had reached an agreement.
"The contract has been finalised and it should be announced soon," one source said.
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi had appeared for the Chargers in the first IPL season in 2008.