IPL 2018 may feature more Bangladeshi players
Last season two Bangladeshi players played in the IPL.
Published - Jan 4, 2018 12:47 pm | Updated - Jan 4, 2018 2:38 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) enjoys a reputation of being one of the biggest and richest T20 leagues around the globe, where star players from various countries partake. Not only does India unearth potential talent for its national team, but overseas players also get the advantage of getting used to Indian conditions, which helps them when they tour the subcontinent for international assignments.
Six players recommended for IPL 11
Last season two Bangladesh players played in the IPL. While all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan last played for the Kolkata Knight Riders, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. Both are expected to be released by the teams for the IPL 2018 mega-auction.
According to a report in bdcrictime.com, six other Bangladeshi cricketers’ have been listed for the auctions. Those six are- Tamim Iqbal, Mahmadullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Liton Kumar Das and Abul Hasan Raju.
Of the aforementioned names, Tamim was picked by Pune Warriors India in 2012 and 2013 but didn’t play any game. Mahmudullah Riyad, on the other hand, brings with him the experience of playing in T20 leagues like Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
IPL auction to be held later this month
While Shakib has been a match winner for KKR on many occasions, Mustafizur was the best performer for the Sunrisers in his debut season in 2016 but in 2017, he could play only one IPL game due to national commitments.
This year’s IPL auction, in which all teams will be reshuffled, will be held on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru. The retention is on January 4 in which a team can retain a maximum of five players. Through RTM (Right to Match) cards, the franchise can get back a player at the same price he is bought by another team. Three of the five players can be retained through RTM cards.