Bengaluru: In a historic decision, when the BCCI decided to include five Afghanistan cricketers, it was equivocally hailed as one of the best things to happen for the development of cricket among the minnows.
And much to delight of the cricketing fraternity history indeed was made at the IPL 2017 Player Auction as Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan cricketer to join the IPL. The inclusion of five players from Afghanistan and one from United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added a new flavour to the auction.
In a recent interview Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi had stated that he along with his country would be glued to all sources of information on Monday to know if any of their players are picked by franchises in the IPL auction and it seems a lot of celebration are now due for the Afghans as he was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of
Rs 30 lakh.
Nabi has proved himself on the international level as he is currently ranked 7th in ICC rankings for all-rounders in ODI cricket. He is one of ten players in the last two years who has scored more than 600 T20 runs and take over 60 wickets. Out Of the ten T20 bowlers who have sent down the most deliveries in the last two years, Nabi has the third-best economy rate behind Sunil Narine and Shahid Afridi. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the 2016 World T20.