Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan ready for IPL debut

Afghanistan captain and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan saw their dreams become reality once they came to know that they were both picked up by the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 season. The duo are geared up to make it count when given the opportunity on the field.

This is not only great for the IPL and the fans that get to witness the great diversity of players on the field but it is also a huge boost for Afghanistan Cricket as this will inspire a lot of young players from the country to raise their level of play to get a chance to showcase their talents on the biggest cricketing stages in the world.

“These two guys playing in IPL is not just huge for them but for the entire country. It is hugely motivating for their national teammates as well,” said Lalchand Rajput, Coach of Afghanistan Cricket Team.

“It is an honour for both of us to have been selected in the IPL. When I was picked up by the Sunrisers, my joy knew no bounds. It is a very big achievement, it’s a huge moment for Afghanistan cricket. It is a dream come true for me to be a part of this league,” Nabi said.

It came as a huge surprise when both Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan were bought by the Sunrisers while some big players like Alex Hales, Ross Taylor, Imran Tahir and Ishant Sharma remained unsold. Nabi and Rashid were bought by the defending champions for Rs 30 Lakh and 4 Crore respectively.

“I have always wanted to play this tournament and I would often wonder how it would feel to be a part of the IPL. That dream is now a reality and here I am in Hyderabad ready to fulfil my dream. We as a nation and individual have worked hard to get here and it is time for us to make this IPL an enriching experience,” said Rashid.

It is going to be a great opportunity and a huge learning curve for both of them as they get to share the dressing room with superstars of the game like Yuvraj Singh, David Warner, Kane Williamson and many more.

“I can learn a lot by sharing the dressing room with such legends of the game. Hopefully, we can take a lot of positives from this tournament and take it back home in Afghanistan and become better cricketers,” said Rashid.

“When the IPL starts, every Afghan cricket fan is going to be glued to TV sets. They have a lot of expectations from us and we will not disappoint them. I am sure they will support the Sunrisers Hyderabad. I can’t wait for the IPL to begin.” added Nabi.

Sunrisers Hyderabad starts their bid to defend their title tomorrow in the opening game of the Indian Premier League season 10 which will be the rematch of the last year’s final against Royal Challengers Bangalore.