Yusuf Pathan set to become first Indian to play in franchise-based T20 league abroad
Yusuf Pathan has signed deal with Kowloon Cantons for the second edition of the Hong Kong Twenty20 League on Saturday after getting NOC from BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association.cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2017 23:39 IST
Yusuf Pathan will be the first Indian cricketer to play in an overseas franchise-based T20 league after signing a deal with Kowloon Cantons for the second edition of the Hong Kong Twenty20 League on Saturday.
According to an ESPNcricinfo report, Yusuf Pathanis the third big signing for Kowloon after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and England’s Tymal Mills in the league that is scheduled to run from March 8 to 12.
Other marquee signings for the four-team league include Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, West Indies’ Darren Sammy, New Zealand’s James Franklin and the former South Africa off-spinner Johan Botha. Michael Clarke was the marquee player for Cantons last year.
According to the report, Pathan has confirmed receiving an NOC from both the BCCI as well as the Baroda Cricket Association.
Tim Cutler, chief executive of Cricket Hong Hong, thanked the BCCI for clearing Yusuf’s participation in the tournament and said his presence will be a big boost for the game in the country. “This is amazing news and we are very appreciative of the BCCI in granting this NOC (Non Objection Certificate),” he was quoted as saying.
Pathan has played for Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and is the holds the record for the fastest IPL fifty, off 15 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014.
Other teams in the league are Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, City Kaitak and Hong Kong Island United.