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IPL 2018: Irfan Pathan didn’t expect bids for himself at the IPL Auction

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has suffered a rather torrid last few months after being dropped from his Ranji side Baroda and to further compile the misery, there were no bids for him at this year’s IPL 2018 Auction.

Irfan Pathan has been a bit-part in recent seasons of the Indian Premier League and with very little competitive cricket in recent months, it was hardly any surprise that no IPL side decided to take a gamble on the all-rounder at the IPL 2018 auction and Irfan Pathan is well aware of that fact.

Irfan didn’t expect bids for himself at IPL 2018 auction

In a rather candid interview with Indian Express, Irfan Pathan said: “I have not played first-class cricket this season, courtesy whatever happened in Baroda cricket. If I was the owner of an IPL team, I would not have picked myself. Now, I want to be in an environment where I can enjoy my cricket. Things can change then. This year, I was expecting whatever happened at the auctions.”

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Irfan Pathan has decided to change his Ranji Trophy side after politics and conspiracies led to his removal from Baroda’s team. Despite being fit, Irfan was deemed unavailable for selection and did not play a single game in the latter half of the season.

Irfan, however, is not giving up on cricket just yet and is determined to work hard and make a substantial comeback in terms of state and franchise cricket. Irfan Pathan could yet feature in IPL 2018 in some capacity where he could associate himself with any side in terms of coaching role.

Irfan Pathan was a clever bowler when it came to changing pace or bowling mean yorkers in the death overs and by being a left-arm bowler, Irfan can add a lot to the young and budding left-arm pacers in the IPL 2018.

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