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History created as Afghan duo Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan signed by Sunrisers

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Afghan cricketer Mohammad Nabi celebrates the dismissal of Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by -/AFP/Getty Images)

It was indeed quite a day for both Mohammad Nabi and his Afghanistan teammate Rashid Khan as the duo was snapped up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad on the day of the auction. While Nabi was one who was snapped up by the Hyderabad-based franchise with little or no fight, it was the signature of 18-year old Rashid Khan who the Sunrisers had to get into a scrap with for against the Mumbai Indians.

The first Afghan player to under the hammer was skipper Asghar Stanikzai who went unsold in quite an unfortunate turn of events. However, when Mohammad Nabi came to the stand, it was clear that the all-rounder had the talent required to be signed by the best in the league. Ahmed Shahzad, the wicketkeeper-batsman also went unsigned, something that was quite surreal.

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However, Rashid Khan, the 18-year old leg-spinner was the one to be called upon next as both the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians got into a street fight for his signature. Rashid’s base price of 50 Lakh began to take a pelting as his selling price would quadruple to a whopping Rs. 4 Crores with the Sunrisers getting their hands on a quality spinner at the end of the bidding war.

A tweet from the official account of the Indian Premier League read: “HISTORY MADE at #IPLAuction – Mohammad Nabi becomes the first Afghanistan cricketer to join VIVO IPL. He will play for @SunRisers.”

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A follow up tweet from Mohammad Nabi read: “FLOODED WITH HAPPINESS TODAY NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT RATHER FOR OUR JUNIOR ROCKING PLAYER #RASHIDARMAN BEING SELECTED FOR @SunRisers. @IPL.”

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