New Delhi. Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan could be one of the star players in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) as he is among the 70 foreign players who have shown interest in participating in the tournament starting on 28 August. According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, "Pathan will be placed in the player draft until one of the five franchises select him as a marquee player." "According to this," the information about the draft and franchise owners will be announced after the finalization. Sri Lanka cricket is also waiting for some approval from the government, only after which the franchise owners will be decided. The five franchises will represent Colombo, Candy, Gaul, Dambulla and Jaffna. ''
According to the report, the BCCI (Cricket Board of India) does not allow active Indian players to participate in foreign T20 leagues but Pathan has already retired, so he has been cleared for this. Sri Lankan all-rounder Farvej Mahroof offered Pathan, who announced his retirement in January this year, to be included in the draft. Maharoof did this after a funny flirting between the two on social media. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board gave its approval to the tournament during its executive committee meeting on Monday. "23 league matches will be played at four international stadiums, R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Rangagiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Palekal International Cricket Stadium and Suriyaveva Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium," the board said in a statement. "It said," Colombo, Candy, Gaul, Five teams named Dambulla and Jaffna will take part in the league. "Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh represented the Maratha Arabs in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi last year.