IPL Extras: Yusuf flies home to be with wife and kid
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan flew back to India shortly after the teams' thumping win against Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener after the news of his wife delivering their first baby reached the UAE.
Yusuf, 31, is likely to miss KKR's second match against Delhi Daredevils but the hard-hitting batsman is expected to return by the third game, confirmed a team official.
Sent into bat at No.5 with just a couple of overs remaining in the innings, Yusuf remained unbeaten on 4. He didn't get to bowl.
The Baroda skipper had been in good touch coming into the tournament, scoring 135 runs at 67.50 in four matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, at a strike rate of 182.43.
In the cash-rich league, Yusuf has accumulated 1824 runs in 92 games with a strike rate of 146.97.
He was bought back by Kolkata for Rs 3.25 crore in the February auctions, where the franchise used a right-to-match card on him.
Yusuf's brother Irfan, who is with Sunrisers Hyderabad, tweeted as a proud uncle on Thursday: @IrfanPathan Alrightttt this is great no words can Describe the feeling.my bro Yusuf n Bhabhi blessed with baby boy I'm CHACHU now.ya rab Tera Shukar hai.
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BCCI appoints Chandran as doping control officer
Sports medicine expert Dr P S M Chandran was today appointed Lead Doping Control Officer for the seventh edition of Indian Premier League, the first leg of which has started in the UAE.
Chandran has been appointed for the job by the BCCI and the IDTM (International Doping Tests and Management, Sweden).
"He will be conducting dope tests on cricketers at the matches being played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. This is the first time IDTM will be using the services of an Indian doctor as doping control officer for conducting dope tests outside India," a press release said.
Dr Chandran is a Consultant with Sports Authority of India and also a member of the disciplinary panel of the National Anti Doping Agency.
Image: Blood samples are pictured at a laboratory for Doping Analysis
Photographs: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters