Yusuf Pathan wanted to feature in domestic tournaments for another year before hanging up his boots. He even started preparing for it soon after the lockdown restrictions were lifted in Baroda last year.
The 38-year-old would sweat it out in the nets at the Moti Baug, and some of the visuals of him training along with his younger brother – former India pacer Irfan Pathan – even went viral on social media.
However, things changed over the months as Yusuf was left out of Baroda’s squad for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy forcing him to rethink his future plans.
“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)…