Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan’s hopes to play in the T20 league in Hong Kong for the Kowloon Cantons for the second season has been dashed to the ground.
As the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has now done a U-turn , withdrawing its earlier NOC on Yusuf Pathan. Pathan had thanked the BCCI and the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) for allowing him to play in the Hong Kong tournament.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the embattled board was forced to take the decision after being approached by more players who expressed their desire to play in other T20 leagues.
The DTC Mobile Hong Kong T20 Blitz has four teams competing for the honours. The teams – Hung Hom JD Jaguars, Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, Hong Kong Island United and City Kaitak – are hoping that the shortest format of the game will help make it more popular in the island city and the regions around it.
India’s BCCI has always kept a tight leash on the players, not permitting them to play for any overseas T20 league. It had recently allowed two women – Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur – to play for the Big Bash League in Australia.