Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan was snubbed for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The veteran all-rounder penned an emotional letter to his fans and followers.
Pathan had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, but despite his all-round skills, he wasn’t chosen by any of the franchises. Pathan took to micro-blogging website Twitter to express his disappointment. In it, he stated how, despite suffering five fractures on his back, he didn’t give up his dream of playing cricket again.
“In 2010, I had undergone 5 fractures in my back. The physio had told to me that I might now be able to play cricket ever again and should rather give up on my dream. At that point of time I told him, I can bear any pain but cannot the bear the pain of not playing this beautiful game for my country,” he tweeted.
“I worked hard and not only played cricket again but made a comeback to the India team. I have faced many obstacles in my career and life but never gave up, that’s the character I have and will possess that forever. Right now I have this obstacle in front of me but I will get through it with all the prayers and wishes coming to me. Just wanted to share this with all my fans who are still supporting me,” he added.
In the previous edition of the IPL, Pathan played for Rising Pune Supergiants, but he did not get many chances. Pathan appeared in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs for India. He has to his credit a Test hat-trick off the first three balls of a Test. Season 10 of the IPL begins on April 5 and will end on May 21.
--By A Cricket Correspondent