‘I had no idea what the IPL was’ – Sohail Tanvir on his 2008 stint in the T20 tournament
2008 was the last season when the Pakistan players played in the IPL.
Updated - Jun 5, 2021 9:07 am
Former Pakistan seamer Sohail Tanvir was one among a handful of Pakistan players who received a chance to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tanvir represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the inaugural edition of the T20 Championship and scripted history by claiming the Purple Cap.
RR was on a roll during IPL 2008 as they became the first franchise to lift the elite Trophy. Tanvir played a major role in Rajasthan’s success as he picked 22 wickets in 11 matches including a best of 6 for 14, which stood as an IPL record for many years.
The veteran opened up on his stint in the Indian Premier League saying that it was an enriching experience and gave him a platform to play against some of the best players. Sohail admitted that initially, he had no idea regarding what the IPL was.
In an interaction on the YouTube channel My Master Cricket Coach, the 36-year-old said, “When I played IPL back in the first edition in 2008, I was young and inexperienced as I had not played too many international games.
“That time, I think we were playing a series against South Africa and league cricket hardly used to be played, so I had no idea what the IPL was. The cricket board told me that we have got you a contract and you have to go to play IPL in March-April,” he said
“And, when I went to play in the IPL, there were so many big stars. I had never thought about something like that. The best bowlers from all over the world were there. So, to go there and perform so well…” Tanvir added.
Everybody knows about the fan-following of Pakistan players in India: Sohail Tanvir
2008 was the last season when the Pakistan players played in the Indian Premier League. Due to the political tension between the two nations, India and Pakistan face each other on the cricket field only during the ICC events.
However, the veteran seamer is hopeful that relations between India and Pakistan will improve soon and the Pakistani players will be allowed to feature in the tournament as it will benefit both the players and the league.
“If Pakistani players are allowed to play in the IPL, it will be beneficial for both the players and the league. Players from all over the world except Pakistan play in the IPL. Everybody knows about the fan-following of Pakistan players in India. I have witnessed that while playing for Pakistan and also in the IPL.
“When I played IPL, I learned a lot. Since I did well, it played a major role in me gaining confidence going ahead. So it would be great if our players get to play in the league. But, these things are not in our control. There are many other factors at work. Hope it happens sooner or later,” Tanvir signed off.