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Irfan Pathan could leave Baroda after being ignored for Zonal T20s

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed his desire to leave his domestic team Baroda after being left disappointed with the selectors ignoring him for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, BCCI’s Zonal T20 league. Making his intentions clear, Pathan recently wrote a letter to the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) seeking an NOC to play for another domestic association in the country.

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Irfan Pathan feels his skills can be used in another team if not Baroda

It has been further revealed that the BCA managing committee has convened a meeting on Wednesday (January 17) to take a decision about Pathan’s request to leave Baroda and seek pastures new. “Pathan sent a letter during Uttarayan seeking NOC to play for another team in next season. He has said that he is not getting opportunity to play in Baroda and that his professional abilities can be utilized better in another team,” said Snehal Parikh, BCA secretary (in charge), as reported by Times of India.

A point in contention here is that Irfan Pathan was appointed as the captain of Baroda’s domestic team ahead of the 2017/18 season of Ranji Trophy but was unceremoniously dropped from the team after just two rounds of matches, with the selectors stating that his performance levels were not up to the mark.

At the time of dropping him from the Ranji Trophy squad, the selectors had also made it clear that they wanted younger and fitter players to play for the team but this explanation had not gone down well with Pathan who felt that his performance wasn’t the reason behind him being shown the door. Further, the selectors also ignored him for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, also jeopardizing Pathan’s chances of getting a good deal at the upcoming IPL auctions.

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