Irfan Pathan places in LPL players draft
Former Indian all rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed his desire to take part in the inaugural Lanka Premier League. The tournament has scheduled to get underway on August 28. He can be one of the great attraction in the tournament as he is among the 70 foreign players, who have shown interest to take part in the championship.
The former all rounder made his debut back in 2003. He became the Player of the Match in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan in Johannesburg. He also played some handy knocks for the Men in Blue at the top of the order. But, the southpaw lost his place from the side and even fell off the radar in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Accronding to the reports of ESPNcricinfo, Pathan will now be “put in a player draft unless one of the five franchises choose him to be a marquee player.” Former Sri Lankan bowler, Farveez Maharoof, had asked for Pathan’s name to be included after a banter between them on the social media.
Three is no such obstacles from the Indian side as according to the BCCI guidelines, a player can’t take part in foreign leagues until and unless they announce their retirement. Yuvraj Singh also has played in tournaments like the Global T20 Canada and the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) gave permission for the tournament during an executive meeting On Monday, July 27. Therefore, the cricket board is waiting for a green signal from the government. A total of 23 matches will take place in the tournament between five teams at four international venues.
“The details of the draft, and the franchise owners, are yet to be finalised and announced. SLC is also waiting on some government clearances even as it decides on franchise owners. The five franchises will represent Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna,” the report said.
“The 23 match League will be played on the four international venues of R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Rangiri Dambulu International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium,” the SLC mentioned.