as mentioned in They (Cricket Hong Kong) told us and we have cross-checked, and it doesn’t clash with any engagements of the Baroda Cricket Association.
(Source: BCCI)For the first time, the BCCI has allowed an Indian male cricketer to play in an overseas T20 tournament, with Yusuf Pathan signing up a contract with Kowloon Cantons for the upcoming Hong Kong Blitz T20.
This (Hong Kong T20) is a tournament which is approved by the ICC.
(Source: BCCI) Yusuf Pathan plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
I played the 50-over domestic tournaments in Bangladesh and Kenya after last year’s IPL and Hong Kong T20 had kept in touch with me for the last three months.
as declared in Hong Kong, Feb 11: India discard Yusuf Pathan was on Saturday unveiled by Hong Kong’s Kowloon Cantons franchise, making him the first Indian male cricketer to feature in an overseas Twenty20 league.
The four-team event also includes Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, City Kaitak and Hong Kong Island United.
Yusuf is the third big signing for Kowloon Cantons after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and England’s Tymal Mills for the second edition of the Hong Kong Twenty20 league, slated to be held from March 8 to 12, according to an espncricinfo report.
Tim Cutler, chief executive of Cricket Hong Hong, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for clearing Yusuf’s participation in the tournament and said his presence will be a big boost for the game in the country.
The first four days will see play-off matches between each of the teams, following which the top two will progress to the final on March 12.
as declared in It is a surprise that BCCI chose a small tournament like Hong Kong T20 League to allow an Indian player when there are ample of other more popular and competitive leagues like Big Bash League (Australia), Carribean Premiere League (West Indies), South Africa T20 League going around.
It now remains to be seen whether Indian cricketers will be allowed to play in the other popular T20 leagues as well.
Photo: BCCIThis is a landmark decision from BCCI, as Yusuf Pathan is the first Indian male cricketer who has been allowed to take part in a foreign league.
Notably, Indian Women’s cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandana were allowed to take part in the last edition of the Big Bash League, Australia.
“This is amazing news and we are very appreciative of the BCCI in granting this NOC [Non Objection Certificate],” said Hong Kong Cricket’s chief executive Tim Cutler.
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