IPL 2019: 5 Pakistan players who could rule the auction if allowed

IPL 2019: 5 Pakistan players who could rule the auction if allowed

Franchises would've entered into a bidding war for these players.

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan are ranked number one in T20Is and rightly so, as they have won 11 straight series under the leadership of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed. While their form in Test and ODI cricket has been indifferent at times, they have simply been unstoppable in the shortest format. As far as the T20 format is concerned, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to take place in a few months’ time.

The most-awaited auction is most likely to be staged on December 18 in Jaipur and around 70 players will come under the hammer. Nevertheless, Pakistani cricketers won’t be a part of them as they are barred ever since 2009. However, a number of their players can definitely attract significant bids, if given a chance to participate in the auction. In our article, we take you through five of them.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 24-year-old batter from Lahore, Punjab may not be one of the swashbuckling batsmen doing the rounds, but as far as consistency is concerned, very few have been able to match him. Recently, he became the fastest batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs, surpassing the enigmatic Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been in red-hot form of late, to say the least, in all three forms of international cricket.

Babar was the leading run-scorer in the T20I series against Australia and came up with decent shows against New Zealand. He is currently the number-one ranked batsman in T20Is. The right-hander is someone, who can manoeuvre the field with expertise and can also find the boundaries on a consistent basis. On Indian pitches where batting can be difficult, Babar’s experience can make the difference.