The former Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan is all set to play for Kandy Tuskers in the upcoming 2020th edition of the Lankan Premier League, which is scheduled to start from Saturday, November 21. The debut match of the tournament will be played between Colombo Kings and Dambulla Hawks at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota.
Irfan Pathan has announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year. Currently, he is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and commentating in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League.
The 36-year-old will soon join his squad in Sri Lanka. Chris Gayle, Wahab Riaz, Liam Plunkett, Kusal Perera are also the part of the same franchise, which Pathan is going to join.
Irfan Pathan and coach Tilakaratne has confirmed their joining in the 2020th edition of the Lankan Premier League.
Definitely Looking Forward To This: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan has played his last T20 cricket back in February 2019 and now he is looking forward to LPL, which will be getting underway from November 21.
“I am definitely looking forward to this. 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,” Irfan was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
Earlier this year, he also played for the ‘Indian Legends’ in a charity tournament in Mumbai that got halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Further talking to ESPNCricinfo, he reckoned that he is ready to help domestic teams in India if he gets clarity.
“I just need a bit of clarity about domestic cricket. As soon as I get some clarity, I would love to help out whichever team I can, share my experience, I would love to do it. That’s always open,” he stated.
He also mentored the 2019-2020 edition of the Ranji Trophy to the knockouts.
Earlier, he was also the first player that was included in the drafts for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) but due to some reasons, he didn’t participate in the league.
The 2020th edition of the Lankan Premier League is scheduled to start from November 21 with a total 23-day affair, and will finally conclude on December 13 in Pallekele.