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Sussex welcome back Mushtaq

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Mushtaq Ahmed

Mushtaq Ahmed

County champions Sussex have been boosted by the news that Mushtaq Ahmed will be available to play this season.

There were fears at Hove that the Pakistani leg-spinner, who took 90 wickets in their title-winning campaign last summer, would not be eligibile to play in 2008 due to his involvement in a rebel twenty20 league.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board have granted Mushtaq a No Objection Certificate, ensuring he meets the ECB’s regulation requirements.

Sussex chief executive Gus Mackay said: “The necessary paperwork for the ECB has now been completed and Mushy will return to Sussex this season.

“We were always confident he would be okay but it has been a nervous wait so we are very happy that his registration has now been completed.”

Cricket manager Mark Robinson added: “We are pleased we can get on with finalising our preparations for the season and defence of our title, of which Mushy will obviously play a key role.”

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