New Delhi: Cricket fans were left shocked when veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan went unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 auction which took place in Bengaluru on Monday. Pathan posted an emotional letter to his fans and followers on Twitter to express his thoughts.
Pathan, who has played for a number of IPL teams overs the years including Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiants, was clearly hurt after being ignored by all the franchises at the auction.
Pathan shared the message about the challenges he has faced in his career. The 32-year old all-rounder wrote, he has fought every hard in his life to play cricket and is not ready to give up on his career.
Here is Irfan Pathan’s full statement:
“In 2010, I had undergone five fractures in my back. The physio told me that I might not be able to play cricket ever again and should rather give up on my dream,” wrote Pathan on Tuesday (Feb 21) evening. “At that time, I told him that I can bear any pain but can’t bear the pain of not playing this beautiful game for my country.”
“I have worked hard and have not only played cricket again but also made a comeback to the India team. I have faced many obstacles in my life and career, but have never given up. That’s the character I have and will possess forever.”
“Right now I have this obstacle in front of me but I will get through it with all the prayers and wishes coming to me,” added Pathan, possibly on being ignored at the IPL 2017 auction.
To all my fans 😊 pic.twitter.com/jQaMbjPNTe
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 21, 2017
Pathan was a part of the Rising Pune Supergiants in the last edition of the IPL. He recently showed impressive performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament where he picked up five wickets in four games with an economy rate of 6.28.