Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has joined Kandy Tuskers for the upcoming edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL). Pathan joins a Tuskers side that includes Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz and Kusal Perera, a report in ESPNCricinfo confirmed.
Meanwhile, it has been more than one year since Irfan Pathan had played T20 cricket. The 36-year-old last tuned up for India Legends in a charity event in February 2019. The all-rounder from Baroda, who is currently commentating in the IPL admitted that he is looking forward to playing in the IPL.
Irfan Pathan joins Kandy Tuskers
Although Pathan retired from T20 cricket, but he is hopeful of a good show and wants to take things slowly. Irfan Pathan, who had mentored Jammu & Kashmir to the Ranji Trophy knockouts in 2019-20, also said that he was open to assisting teams if and when the Indian domestic season gets underway.
“I am definitely looking forward to this,” Irfan told ESPNCricinfo. “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 Pathan added.
Irfan Pathan’s signing will be a massive boost to Lanka Premier League after five cricketers pulled out of the tournament. Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Manvinder Bisla and Dawid Malan have withdrawn from LPL, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed.
Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan is the second Indian cricketer to play in the tournament after Manpreet Gony. The tall and lanky fast bowler will ply his trade for Colombo Kings after getting picked in the auctions.
The Lanka Premier League is scheduled to begin on November 21 and will run till December 13. This will be the first time cricket will return to Sri Lanka after the lockdown amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.