Both Irfan and Yusuf Pathan have registered themselves for the upcoming edition of the Lanka Premier League, Sri Lanka's premier T20 franchise competition, which is slated to begin on July 30. The likes of Shakib al Hasan, Usman Khawaja, Sherfane Rutherford, and Rilee Rossouw are the major attractions for the draft with James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Temba Bavuma, Brendan Taylor, and Nicholas Pooran putting their names in the roster.
"Last year's success has certainly made a difference with more players from many cricket playing countries looking forward to playing in the LPL, which is a very good sign for the League and Sri Lanka cricket," Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president Ravin Wickremaratne said, reported ESPNCricinfo.
Jaffna Stallions won the competition last year by beating Galle Gladiators in the final. 135 million viewers across television and digital platforms tuned in to watch the final which SLC believes is a massive success. The tournament is once again likely to be held behind closed doors in Hambantota.
Bangladesh: Shakib-ul-Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mehdy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar
Australia: Usman Khawaja, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson
West Indies: Sherfane Rutherford, Nicolas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Johnson Charles, Rowman Powell
Pakistan: Haris Sohail, Waqas Maqsood, Muhammed Hasnain, Mohammed Irfan, Shoaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Anwar Ali, Ammad Butt
South Africa: Temba Bavuma, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Jon Jon Trevor Smuts, Morne Morkel, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Hardus Viljoen
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan, Mohammed Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen Ul Haq, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad