Baroda ‘recall’ Yusuf Pathan at the eleventh hour for Vijay Hazare Trophy
VETERAN ALL-ROUNDER Yusuf Pathan was picked in the Baroda squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy a day after the BCCI had issued a no-objection certificates (NOC) to Pathan to go and play in the Dhaka Premier League (50-over event) for Prime Bank Cricket Club. To add to the quandary relating to Pathan’s choice, the solely motive the 35-year-old had even determined to go and play in Bangladesh was as a result of he was initially disregarded of Baroda’s probables checklist for the home one-day event. Pathan handed a compulsory health check after his name was included in the Vijay Hazare Trophy squad on Friday.
Yusuf’s five-month ban for failing a dope check, which made him miss most of the Ranji Trophy matches, had come to an finish solely a few weeks again. The BCCI had handed a backdated ban from August 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018, which enabled him to be a part of the IPL public sale.
Pathan was, nevertheless, not thought-about by the Baroda selectors for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which concluded final week regardless of having been in the probables’ checklist and he was knowledgeable that he wouldn’t be thought-about for future matches.
It’s this info that prompted him to use for the NOC to realize some match apply earlier than the IPL, the place he’ll play for Kings XI Punjab this season after a prolonged stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Pathan, it’s learnt, was scheduled to fly to Dhaka on Saturday evening, nevertheless, together with his name being amongst these introduced by the Baroda selectors to indicate up for a health check, he had no selection however to remain put. “The selectors included his (Yusuf) name today in the Baroda squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy. But his inclusion was subject to him clearing his fitness test,” BCA joint secretary Snehal Parikh advised The Indian Express.
When requested how Pathan was introduced into the squad regardless of having not featured in the probables checklist, Parikh stated, “It’s a selection committee decision and I’m not going to reveal what happened inside the meeting.” Yusuf was unavailable for remark.
The Indian Express is in possession of the e-mail despatched by the BCCI’s normal supervisor cricket operations, Saba Karim, certifying that the BCCI has no objection over Yusuf’s participation in the 2018 Dhaka Premier League.
The Pathan brothers, Yusuf and Irfan, have had an uneasy relationship with the BCA lately. Irfan in reality has already sought a NOC from them and is more likely to be enjoying for Jammu and Kashmir from subsequent season.
The BCA had introduced that Irfan can be mentor-cum-captain for the entire season however the selectors went again on that call after solely two Ranji Trophy video games. Irfan was disregarded for the remainder of the season, which led him to look for an exit.