Imran Farhat, Pakistan’s discarded opening batsman, has announced his retirement from International cricket. This is a step to be able to play in the MCL( Masters Champions League), which will start today in Dubai.
Several big names including Virender Sehwag, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith & Kumar Sangakkara are participating in this league. Sourav Ganguly, who was supposed to captain Libra Legends, has pulled out of the tournament because of the injury.
Imran Farhat, who is 33 years of age at the moment, met the PCB officials and got the NOC( No Objection Certificate) to participate in this year’s MCL.
Farhat is not alone to have announced his retirement recently to play in the MCL. Several other Pakistani cricketers including Abdul Razzaq announced their retirement recently to be able to play in the MCL and earn an attractive deal there.
Farhat last played for Pakistan in 2013 and was once considered a bright prospect for Pakistan but like many another Pakistani batsman, he could not meet the expectations and was dropped on several occasions and finally in 2013, which almost made it clear that he won’t be able to play for Pakistan again.
In total, Farhat played 105 International matches for Pakistan, including 40 Tests, 58 ODIs and 7 T20Is.
The players, as per the policy fo Pakistan Cricket Board, had to sign a letter calling an end to their International cricketing career, and the decision cannot be reversed. However, all the Pakistani players who are playing in the MCL can continue to play in the domestic cricket in Pakistan. Earlier, Farhat was left out of the PSL draft, which must have affected his decision.
He will be joining former Pakistan teammates Md. Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood , Taufiq Umar and few others in the PSL.