Munaf Patel cherishes India colors more than IPL

Munaf Patel last played for India during the successful World Cup campaign of 2011 © Getty Images

Pune: Feb 21, 2013

Recovering from an ankle injury, Baroda pacer Munaf Patel said that playing for India will always be his first priority rather than playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

Patel is eager to regain form and make his comeback into the Indian side. The 29-year-old has been named in the West Zone squad led by Parthiv Patel for the Deodhar Trophy.

The tournament will be held in Guwahati next month.

Being a senior player, Munaf is playing the role of a mentor in the Baroda team.

“As a senior, it is my duty to help these youngsters. These guys need to be told about the length and areas of bowling and that is what I do,” Munaf was quoted as saying by DNA.

He last represented India during the limited overs series in England in 2011. Apart from Deodhar Trophy, Munaf will also look to regain feet with some good performances in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.