Irfan signs up for Carribean Premier League players draft
May 18, 2019
Irfan Pathan is the first Indian player to enrol himself for the players draft of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019, to be held from 4 September to 12 October. If he is chosen by any franchise, Irfan will create history as no Indian player has ever played in an overseas T20 league before.
According to the official website of the CPL, 536 players from 20 countries have registered themselves for the players draft this time.
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. - Michael Hall, CPL Tournament Operations Director
Players like Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer, and JP Duminy have put their names forward for the draft. Each franchise has the option of retaining or acquiring a maximum number of six players, although there is no obligation to do so.
Over the years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has maintained a tough stance in not allowing Indian cricketers to participate in T20 leagues but that will change with Irfan's inclusion.
It is not clear if BCCI has given him permission. Irfan, who has not a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the last two years, was seen as a commentator during IPL 2019.
Irfan 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.