IPL 2017 Auction:The India Premier League is already one the biggest cricketing competitions in the world with almost every single big name in the world of cricket a part of the tournament spanning either of the eight-team franchises in India. Perhaps one of the largest marketing ploys in the history of the game, IPL has become a household name and tournament for billions of Indians in the country.

Now in light of the tournament’s huge international prowess and fame, the editions of the IPL have already been proved to be an important breeding ground for young budding cricketing talents in and out of the country as well. With the IPL 2017 auction getting underway earlier today, one of the most striking pieces of news which have surfaced is the signing of two young cricketers from Afghanistan in Bangalore. Five out of the 352 players listed for the auction in Bangalore were from Afghanistan, who have made a rapid progress in international cricket following eye-catching performances in the 2015 World Cup and in the qualifying matches of the World T20 held in India last year as well.

Mohammed Nabi became the first Afghan Player to be signed in the IPL at a base price of Rs.30 lakhs by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Left arm all-rounder Mohammed Nabi was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad at his base price of Rs. 30 lakh, making him the first player of Afghan origin to be bought at the IPL 2017 auction. Having played  72 one-day internationals and 52 T20Is, Nabi has already made a name for himself in the light of Afghanistan’s prowess in the international circuit. He was Man of the Match in the final and the player of the tournament in the recently-concluded Desert T20 Challenge for Associate nations sporting figures of 4 wickets for 10 runs in the final match against Ireland.

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was yet another player who was roped in by the Hyderabad franchise in the ongoing auction shelling out 4 crores for the 18-year-old youngster. Rashid Khan has played 21 T20 Internationals already and picking up 31 wickets making him a much-coveted buy for Sunrisers this season. The player’s impressive economy rate of 6.14 has been yet another highlight of his that might have propelled Sunrisers captain David Warner into wanting him in the squad.

 

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