Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has quashed all the reports, stating his availability for Lanka Premier League (LPL). Earlier this year, Irfan retired from all the forms of international cricket in January after last playing for India in 2012.
However, at times, Irfan Pathan has shown his desire to play in the foreign league. He had also urged BCCI to allow the cricketers to participate in the league across the world.
His rumours to play in the LPL surfaced after a report in ESPNcricinfo had stated that “Pathan is among 70 foreign players to have shown interest in playing the Lanka Premier League (LPL)” and his name will be “put in a player draft unless one of the five franchises choose him to be a marquee player.”
Irfan Pathan disagrees with the reports:
Taking to Twitter, Pathan cleared that he had not confirmed his availability in any league but he wishes to play in future if given the opportunity.
“I wish to play T20 Leagues around the world in future, but at this stage I haven’t confirmed my availability in any Leagues,” Pathan wrote on his twitter handle.
Irfan Pathan rose as a fast bowler but gradually developed his skills in batting. But he could not retain his position for long after the rise of better allrounders than him. It is said that Irfan’s focus on batting had led to his downfall. Also, the player has blamed mismanagement of his injury the reason for his ouster from Team India.
The former pacer was part of India’s victory in the T20 World Cup 2007. He played in 120 ODIs and 29 Tests and 24 T20Is.
In white-ball cricket, he picked up 173 wickets and scored 1544 runs in ODIs and 28 wickets and 72 runs in T20Is. Currently, he is a successful commentator in both English and Hindi.