Brad Hodge has played for Adelaide Strikers both as a batsman and assistant coach © Getty Images
Brad Hodge has played for Adelaide Strikers both as a batsman and assistant coach © Getty Images

Australian batsman Brad Hodge has decided to play in Pakistan Super League (PSL). The first season of the league will be played in Qatar in February, 2016 which will have 24 matches between five teams viz. Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Islamabad and Peshawar. Brad Hodge is presently playing both as a batsman and assistant coach for Adelaide Strikers in Big Bash League (BBL). Brad Hodge who is already 40 and has passed his prime is one of the most hapless cricketers to have ever played the game. He has an average of 55.88 (from six Tests) in Test cricket but still did not get enough opportunities later on. Hodge played for Guyana this year in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and his performance was good. Now, Hodge has confirmed that he has applied for PSL. READ: Brad Hodge joins Adelaide Strikers as player and assistant coach

In a conversation with Cricket Australia’s official website he said, “I’ve put my name down to be a part of it – fingers crossed, you never know what can happen. My name just gets put into a draft, and hopefully someone picks me up and I can contribute. There’s a lot of good players out there that I assume want to be involved, so we’ll see. I feel a little bit for the Pakistan cricket side, how they’ve had to play away and they’ve had no home cricket for a long time. They’re such an exciting team, their supporter base is really good, so I reckon this will be a good tournament to lift their spirits. It could be a landmark moment where people get back on board the Pakistan cricket cause.” READ: Muttiah Muralitharan’s addition to Australia’s coaching staff is a great idea: Brad Hodge

Hodge added that he wished to play in CPL again next year, “I’ve probably got a little bit [cricket] left in me, which is nice. I think if my performances drop off, I’ll know, but that hasn’t happened yet. The breaks actually really help your motivation. You get excited in the build-up to each tournament, whereas sometimes, when you’ve been in the game for this long and continue training Monday to Friday, you just drift in and out. I don’t have that anymore in my life – cricket season just comes, I get into the action and away I go.”