Iceland spinner Kató Jónsson has trials with Kings XI Punjab

The Iceland mystery spinner could become the first cricketer from a Nordic country to play in IPL, if his trials go well.

Kató Jónsson has been making waves in Europe owing to a delivery that he bowls known as the fíflið or the backspinner.

Iceland's Kató Jónsson could become the first cricketer from a Nordic country to play in the Indian Premier League if his trials go well at the Kings XI Punjab. 

The Iceland mystery spinner met Kings XI coach Mike Hesson and trained along with the team in Mohali on Monday.

“This is what the IPL is all about,” said KXIP CEO Satish Menon to the official team website. “This proves that cricket is truly a global sport that knows no boundaries. To have a cricketer from Iceland in the league would be historic and a testament to our belief that opportunity doesn’t discriminate.”

 

The spinner has been making waves in Europe owing to a delivery that he bowls known as the fíflið or the backspinner, which when delivered with the fingers ripped under the ball, drops about half of its pace after bouncing, making it difficult for batsmen to time their shots.

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“It’s unbelievable!” said a jubilant Jónsson. “From watching the on my computer to possibly becoming the first Nordic player to play in it is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m ready and can’t wait to get started.”

Wait, wait, wait:

A hint and a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour from the 'Nordic cricketer':

 

On fools day, go figure; with a pinch of salt.