The discarded Baroda cricketer Irfan Pathan is looking for a new domestic team after being ill-treated by the Baroda team management. He has sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Baroda, a team he has represented for the last 17 years.
33-year old Pathan was dropped after two Ranji games despite being named captain and mentor for the season. He wasn’t selected for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament as well.
As per The Indian Express reports, Pathan wrote, “I have made this decision keeping in mind the current scenario and the current plans of the BCA with regard to my position in the team. I feel that my professional services can be utilized in a better manner and to the best of my abilities with a different team at this stage of my career."
Adding more to it, Pathan thanked BCA for the opportunity to serve them. “I write this email with humble gratitude toward the BCA for giving me the opportunity to serve as a player for over 17 years. I am and always will be extremely grateful for this opportunity. I can confidently say that these past 17 years playing for BCA have been among the most memorable years of my career.”
The BCA has called their managing committee meeting in coming weeks to decide on the NOC as requested by Irfan Pathan.
Back in October, when he was dropped by the selectors, Irfan was jolted. “Performance isn’t the issue. Fitness isn’t an issue. Discipline isn’t an issue. The reason you can find out from BCA,” Pathan said in a text message.
Young Deepak Hooda is leading the team since Pathan is dropped.