Irfan Pathan hasn’t confirmed availability for any T20 league
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan cleared the air that he hasn’t confirmed his availability in any franchise-based T20 league at this stage on Monday (August 3). As there was refuting reports that he could participate in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) starting August 28.
Before this there were many reports accronding to basis of report in ESPNcricinfo had stated that “Pathan is among 70 foreign players to have shown interest in playing the Lanka Premier League (LPL)” and his name will be “put in a player draft unless one of the five franchises choose him to be a marquee player.”
Meanwhile, Pathan, who announced his retirement in January this year, said he is not available at the moment. “I wish to play T20 leagues around the world in future, but at this stage I haven’t confirmed my availability in any leagues,” Pathan wrote on his twitter handle.
The all rounder has played for Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League so far.
To be with the national team, the all rounder has played 29 Tests and 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India. He has taken over 300 wickets in his career. He has also scored more than 2500 runs, including a hundred and six fifties in Tests.
Meanwhile, 23-match LPL will be played on the four international venues. Stadiums like R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium are set to be used for the venues.
Five teams will participate in the tournament as the name of the team are after the principal cities in Sri Lanka. Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will participate in the league.