Irfan Pathan Likely to Play Lanka Premier League 2020
Former multi-faceted Indian Irfan Pathan is likely to play in the Lanka Premier League starting on August 28, 2020. Pathan is believed to be one of 143 foreign players on the list of probabilities of which franchises Choose Players.
After falling out of controversy in 2019 because he released his name in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft without obtaining prior permission from BCCI, the former versatile Indian Irfan Pathan has now shown interest in the Lanka Premier League LPL 2020 live streaming which will begin on August 28.
Pathan, who announced his retirement earlier this year, is believed to be one of 143 other foreign players, including Martin Guptill from New Zealand, who is on the list and will now be up to franchisees to select the players they want.
“There are about 143 foreign players on the list who are very interested in playing in this tournament and it is now up to the respective franchises to select these cricket players,” a senior Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) official told the newspaper. local Daily News. News18 reported.
“We have also asked local clubs to nominate two players for this event, so there would be a total of 48 top national players from the 24 Premier Clubs who would be eligible to represent the four franchises.”
The official further confirmed that the tournament will also monitor the participation of international and national players recruited for SLC, adding that promising age-category players could also be in action if franchises want to get them.
“In addition, we have a total of 80 national players who are currently contracted with SLC and will also be strong contenders to reach the final team.”
“Some of the Premier Clubs have also named promising young players in the Under-23 and Under-19 category, but in total it is up to the four franchises to make the final decision in choosing their squad.”
The tournament, if it continues, will have a total of five teams, named after the cities of Colombo, Galle, Jaffna, Dambulla and Kandy, and will be played in four stadiums, Khettarama, Sooriyawewa, Pallekele and Dambulla.
Should Pathan be chosen, he will also become the second retired Indian cricketer to participate in a T20 tournament overseas this year, after 48-year-old Pravin Tambe was elected Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the CPL.
Pathan, 35, has not played an IPL game since 2017 and was last seen on the field in the World Road Safety Series earlier this year, where he represented the side of Indian Legends led by Sachin Tendulkar.