Indian all-rounder creates history by featuring in the CPL draft

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Highlights

  • Pathan is the first Indian to be named in the draft for an overseas T20 League
  • Pathan will have to get a NOC from BCCI to play in the CPL
  • CPL's 7th season starts from 4th September

Irfan Pathan has become the first ever Indian to be named in the Caribbean Premier League 2019 draft. The record-breaking draft for the seventh season of CPL consists of 536 players from 20 different countries.

The 34-year old will also become the first Indian to feature in the overseas T20 league if he is picked by any of the six franchise. The draft will take place on the 22nd May in London where the teams will be picked for the 2019 CPL, starting from 4th September.

Nonetheless, Pathan will have to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from BCCI if he is to feature in the auctions. The Indian Cricket Board has always been against the idea of Indian players participating in any of the foreign T20 league. As a result, no Indian has ever played in BBL, CPL, BPL or any other league.

Michael Hall, the Hero CPL tournament Operations Director, was delighted with the number of players interested in the CPL. “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,” he said.

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Past his Prime?

Irfan Pathan is well past his prime, having last played for the Indian Cricket Team back in 2012. The 2007 T20 World Cup winner hasn’t played in IPL since 2017 either. He was not picked by any franchise in the last two editions of the IPL.

Earlier this year, the southpaw left Baroda and played for J&K in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament as player-cum-mentor. Pathan picked up four wickets in five games in the tournament.


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