KKR hero Bisla still finding it hard to find a Ranji team to play for in 2012-13 season

He became a hero by playing a winning knock in Kolkata Knight Riders’ title win in IPL-5 final, but still Manvinder Bisla doesn’t have a Ranji team to play for in the season 2012-13.

“Yes, I still don't have a first-class team whom I will be representing in the next domestic season,” a candid Bisla said on the sidelines of the Lala Raghubir Hot Weather tournament where he was playing for his employers Air India, says a Times Of India report.

“I have had talks with officials of some of the state associations but nothing great has emerged from those discussions,” the wicketkeeper-batsman, who came into the limelight after his 48-ball 89 against CSK, said.

The Pakistan cricketers haven't been allowed to play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League for the last four years (barring Azhar Mahmood who is a British passport holder) but former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik's participation in a Delhi club tournament has raised quite a few questions, says a report in the Indian Express.

“Matters have been complicated since the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) haven't informed about Malik's participation for Hargopal CC against Sporting Club in the Lala Raghubir Hot Weather (40-over) one day tournament. Malik played one match for Hargopal CC on June 5 at the Modern School (Barakhamba Road) ground and scored 26 runs. He arrived on morning of June 5 having played a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka, the previous night,” says the report.

"This is news to us that Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has played in a DDCA affiliated tournament. We haven't received any prior intimation from the state association that a foreign cricketer is playing in an Indian club level tournament. The BCCI has already made it a rule that no foreign cricketer is allowed in any domestic tournament (barring IPL)," a senior BCCI official said today on conditions of anonymity.