In a landmark moment for Nordic cricket, Icelandic spinner Kató Jónsson will attend trials at Kings XI Punjab with a view of signing a season-long deal. Jónsson could become the first Icelandic cricketer to play in the VIVO Indian Premier League, joining an ever-growing list of mystery spinners from developing cricketing nations to play in the league.
“This is what the IPL is all about,” said an elated Satish Menon. “This proves that cricket is truly a global sport that knows no boundaries. To have a cricketer from Iceland in VIVO IPL would be historic and a testament to our belief that opportunity doesn’t discriminate.”
The spinner has been making waves in Europe owing to a delivery that he bowls known as the fíflið or the backspinner, which when delivered with the fingers ripped under the ball, drops about half of its pace after bouncing, making it difficult for batsmen to time their shots.
“It’s unbelievable!” said a jubilant Jónsson. “From watching the VIVO IPL on my computer to possibly becoming the first Nordic player to play in it is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m ready and can’t wait to get started.”
The Icelandic mystery spinner is in Mohali and will catch up with the team this week.