IPL 2020 Auction: 3 teams which can pick Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim
The former Bangladeshi captain is currently leading his Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Khulna Tigers.
Updated - Dec 14, 2019 10:59 am
The illustrious Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has finally made himself available for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions for the 2020 edition of the tournament. A few days ago, the former Bangladesh skipper made himself unavailable because of some unknown reasons. But now he is ready to start a fierce bidding war in between the franchises.
Right now, the former Bangladeshi captain is leading his Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Khulna Tigers in the ongoing BPL. It seems that he is not happy with the salary cap gaps between Bangladeshi players and foreign players who are taking part in the same tournament. Playing some great innings in the recently concluded T20I and Test series against India in India, Rahim has made a strong case for himself going into the player auctions.
Here, we will take a look at 3 specific franchises who will most probably bid for the wicket-keeper batsman in 19th December’s player auction. Rahim could start a three-way bidding war between these franchises:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Kolkata Knight Riders are the team with second best purse left ahead of the IPL player auctions. They have got as many as Rs 35.65 Crore left in their kitty. With 11 overseas spots up for grabs in their squad, they will surely try to sign some of the big names from both the Indian and overseas cricketing world.
Kolkata had released as many as 10 players from their squad to get ready for a squad overhaul. With young Indian domestic bowlers who have a lot of potentials, their bowling base is covered well. The problem lies in the batting department. With their batting stalwarts like Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa released, they will surely try to buy a reliable top-order overseas batsman.
Mushfiqur Rahim fits in the above role well. He is a solid top-order batsman and everyone around the cricketing world knows that but at the same time, Kolkata does not have any reserved specialist wicket-keeper in their current squad. So, Rahim can play a role of that specialist backup wicket-keeper for KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.