Irfan Pathan makes it to Caribbean Premier League players' draft

After featuring in a solitary t20 game for Gujarat Lions in 2017, Irfan Pathan will hope to feature in CPL, should he get picked in the auctions.

Irfan Pathan

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Irfan Pathan has been included in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) players’ draft, the lone cricketer from the country to make the cut.

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not allowing its players to feature in overseas franchise leagues, Irfan could create history if he gets picked in the auctions.

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While Irfan remained unavailable for a comment, none of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials could confirm on whether he sought a No-Objection Certificate.

Irfan hasn’t been part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the last two years. His last appearance in IPL was a solitary game for Gujarat Lions in 2017.

However, he played domestic cricket for Jammu & Kashmir last season, as a player-cum-mentor.

The 34-year-old has represented India in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is, picking up a total of 301 wickets.

He has also scored over 2,800 international runs. In the CPL drafts, a record 536 players from 20 overseas countries and the West Indies have been included in the draft.

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“The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league. Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different,” said CPL Tournament Operations Director Michael Hall.

Caribbean Premier League 2019, which was originally slated to begin from August 21, will now get underway from September 4.