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Irfan Pathan could become 1st Indian to play in CPL, needs NOC from BCCI

All-rounder Irfan Pathan Thursday became the first Indian to be included in the Caribbean Premier League’s players’ draft, a development that could make him the only Indian man to play in an overseas T20 league.

It remains to be seen if he gets a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the BCCI, which has maintained a tough stance in not allowing Indian cricketers to participate in T20 leagues such as BBL, CPL, and BPL.

The players’ draft for CPL 2019 was announced on Thursday with Irfan being the only Indian in the list.

CPL’s official website posted the final list of players who have signed up for the player draft.

“Prior to the draft, each franchise will have the option to retain and/or acquire a maximum of six players, although there is no obligation to do so,” CPL announced on its website.

“The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league. Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different,” said CPL Tournament Operations Director Michael Hall.