Former India allrounder and T20 World Cup winner Irfan Pathan has announced he will take part in the inaugural Lanka Premier League. He has signed up with Kandy Tuskers. Also Read - Lanka Premier League 2020 Live Streaming Details: Full Squads, Schedule, TV Telecast, Timings, Venues And All You Need to Know
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He played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is, said he was looking forward to the T20 tournament.
“I am extremely excited to be part of the Kandy franchisee in LPL. We have some exciting names in the team and I am looking forward for the experience, the Baroda-based Pathan was quoted as saying in a statement issued by LPL.
In an interview Pathan said he has some cricket left in him and will see how it goes.
“I am definitely looking forward to this,” Irfan told ESPNcricinfo. “Yes, I had retired from T20 cricket, but I can play around the world and hopefully I will be able to have fun with my game as well, which I didn’t have for the last two years. I think I can still play some, but I will start slowly and see how this goes, and then I will take it forward.”
Kandy franchise owner Sohail Khan said, “Irfan’s inclusion will not only add to the firepower of the squad but his experience will be a huge asset to the team.”
The LPL is scheduled to get underway from November 21 to December 13 at two venues — Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota and Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
Recently, the LPL was hit after several big names including Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, David Miller, Dawid Malan withdrew their names due to various reasons.