Veteran Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was snatched by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 1.9 crore. He had reduced his base price to Rs 75 lakh and with no signs of KKR retaining him; it proved to be a smart move from Yusuf.
Speaking to Sportstar after being picked by the new franchise, Yusuf said, “I have always enjoyed playing in Hyderabad and it would be good to feature for Sunrisers. I have played some good knocks there and I am looking forward to contributing to the team.”
Yusuf was recently banned for 5 months for banned drug ‘inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance (Terbutaline), which can be commonly found in cough syrups.’ “I missed out on the Ranji Trophy after being suspended, so it would be good to play a few matches before the IPL. That would keep me ready for the tournament,” the seasoned cricketer will feature in Dhaka Premier League.
Yusuf will join his old KKR mates Shakib and Manish Pandey in SRH dressing room. “We have played a lot of games at KKR and it is good to share the dressing room with them again,” he said, adding: “We are professional players and it won’t be much of a difference.”