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Yusuf Pathan has expressed his desire to play in various T10 & T20 leagues around the world . Thus he announced his retirement from Indian cricket to make himself available for other franchisee leagues outside India . As we all know, all existing cricketers in India are not allowed to take part in any T20 leagues apart from IPL .
Yusuf has been an IPL legend and was a part of 3 IPL titles , 2 with KKR ( 2012, 2014) and one with Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural year in 2008 , when Royals were the underdogs . His powerful hitting makes him an ideal batsman for T20 format .
“I have had offers from various franchise leagues across the globe for the last couple of years. But I kept putting them on hold, thinking that I would play another season and then sign off. It was not an easy decision, but I spoke to my family (brother Irfan), Sachin paaji (Tendulkar) and Gautam (Gambhir) and decided that this is the right time to stop,” Yusuf Pathan said.
“I will be honest, it was not easy. Last year, I was not picked in the IPL auction and this year, I did not register for the auction because by then, I had already made up my mind. It was definitely a difficult call – there were many sleepless nights. I kept asking myself whether it was the right call? But then, Irfan, my family members and former colleagues helped me immensely to take a decision,” Yusuf said.
One hopes that with his great ability to win T20 matches , Yusuf will now be flooded with offers to play franchisee cricket accross the world.