Irfan Pathan the former India allrounder, has signed a contract to play in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) for the Kandy Tuskers franchise.
Pathan, who had mentored Jammu & Kashmir to the Ranji Trophy knockouts in 2019-20, also said that he was opening to assisting teams if and when the Indian domestic season gets underway.
“I just need a bit of clarity about domestic cricket,” he said. “As soon as I get some clarity, I would love to help out whichever team I can, share my experience, I would love to do it. That’s always open.”
Indian players – even recently-retired ones – do not generally turn out for foreign franchise tournaments. But LPL has pursued older Indian players, with no significant pushback from the BCCI. Manpreet Gony, who also last played a competitive T20 match 18 months ago, has been picked by the Colombo Kings franchise.
Former India international, Irfan Pathan has signed up with forthcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020). According to the available information, Irfan will play for Kandy Tuskers in the league. The team is owned by actor Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan, as an overseas player.
Irfan has confirmed the signing to ESPNcricinfo. Pathan joins a Tuskers roster that includes Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz and Kusal Perera.
“I am definitely looking forward to this,” Irfan said. “Yes, I had retired from T20 cricket, but I can play around the world and hopefully I will be able to have fun with my game as well, which I didn’t have for the last two years. I think I can still play some, but I will start slowly and see how this goes, and then I will take it forward.”, Irfan told ESPN Cricinfo.
In the auction last week, two Indian players – Manvinder Bisla and Manpreet Gony – were picked by teams, but Pathan is one of the top Indian cricketers to sign up for the tournament. But according to reports, Bisla has already pulled out of the league.
The schedule for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was announced last week, with Colombo competing against Galle in the opening match of the tournament on November 21 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.