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Irfan replaces Junaid for Barbados Tridents in CPL 2018
CPL 2018

Irfan replaces Junaid for Barbados Tridents in CPL 2018

Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will join Barbados Tridents for the 2018 edition of Caribbean Premier League, scheduled from August 8 to September 16. The 36-year-old will replace fellow left-armer Junaid Khan, who has become unavailable due to family reasons as his wife is expecting their first child.

Irfan has played just four Tests but has excelled in the white-ball format, where he has taken 83 wickets in 60 ODIs and 15 wickets in 20 T20 Internationals. Overall in T20s Irfan has claimed 94 wickets in 82 appearances.

CPL 2018 Schedule: Caribbean Premier League 2018 fixtures

“It is a disappointment not to have Junaid available but the experience of another left-arm quick like Mohammed Irfan will be an asset to our campaign,” said Tridents head coach Robin Singh. “He is no stranger to international cricket and this know-how, coupled with his unique ability with the ball, means he will be a key part of the Tridents attack and a handful for opposing batsmen.”

Irfan hasn't played for Pakistan in nearly two years, but has been a regular on the franchise T20 circuit, with recently concluded Global T20 Canada being his last T20 stint. He took six wickets in as many games for the Edmonton Royals at an economy rate of 7.17.

Tridents open their season against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 12 in Providence before taking on St Lucia Stars on August 17 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.