IPL 2019: USA Speedster Ali Khan eager to be a Knight Rider

"It is a great feeling to be part of the draft."

Ali Khan
Ali Khan. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

The cricketers taking part in the auction of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) were announced yesterday. Even as it has some colossal names from the cricketing world, the list also featured three names from Associate cricket- Anshuman Rath from Hong Kong, Ali Khan from the United States of America, and Steven Myburgh from The Netherlands.

Among the three, Khan has been able to bag most of the limelight and will go under the hammer on December 18 at a base price of INR 40 lakhs ($62,000). He played for Trinbago Knight Riders in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (IPL) and finished with 16 wickets in 12 wickets. He also plied his trade his in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) and the T10 League.

I spoke to my agent and got into the draft

Recently, the right-arm speedster expressed his desire to get picked in the auction. The 27-year-old heaped praises on the likes of Simon Katich and Venky Mysore, both of whom are involved with TKR. They are also involved with KKR, but Khan didn’t consult them before registering for the auction. Nevertheless, the fast-bowler wants to play for the Knights even in the IPL.

“It is a great feeling to be part of the draft and I hope to get picked. That will be a great moment in my career. I am thankful to my coaches and also to the Knight Riders for giving me opportunity (in the CPL). It (the CPL) was a great learning process for me and we won the tournament. All the coaches like (Simon) Katich, (CEO) Venky (Mysore) Sir were all great,” Khan was quoted as saying in Sportstar Live.

They made me feel at home. I spoke to my agent and got into the draft. It is important to get picked, doesn’t matter which team (I play for). It is a great honour to play the IPL. It is the biggest league in the year. If I get picked by KKR, it will be great since I know the people,” he added.

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