Will play for CSK, withdrawing myself from ‘The Hundred Draft’: Harbhajan
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has set his priorities right and for him, IPL and CSK remain on top. He made his statement very clear that he will be playing the next edition of Indian Premier League for CSK and will withdraw his name from the Players’ Draft of the brand new ‘The Hundred’ league in the UK.
There were some reports created as Harbhajan’s name was included in Players’ Draft at a base price of GBP 100,000 but Board of Control for Cricket in India rules would not have let him play without the formal announcement of retirement from cricket.
“For me, Indian Premier League and Chennai Super Kings remain priorities. I have had two good seasons with CSK where we played two finals. So right now, a good third season is what I am looking at,” Harbhajan Singh told news agency PTI.
When asked to clear the hullaballoo, he chipped in with a straightforward answer. “I respect rules laid down by my parent body. I will never flout any BCCI rule. If that means withdrawing my name from the draft, so be it. I will withdraw my name,” he said.
Nonetheless, he confessed that the idea of 100-ball tournament does excite him to the core even though he won’t be able to participate in the tournament for now.
“I don’t want to break any rules but I find the concept interesting. As and when the rules allow me to play, I would definitely like to be a part of it,” India’s third-highest wicket-taker added
Currently, Harbhajan Singh is doing commentary for the India versus South Africa series.
It is more likely that he will be back to training after the series as he is set to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (National T20) for Punjab in order to get some game time.