Mohammad Shahzad and Rashid Khan have the highest base prices among the five Afghan players who will feature in Indian Premier League auction, scheduled to be held on coming Monday.
Shahzad, who is a big hitter batsman and Rashid Khan, who is a legbreak googly bowler, have had their auction prices set at 50 lakh Indian rupees (approximately US $74,700).
They are joined in the auction by fellow Asghar Stanikzai, who is captain for the national side, Mohammad Nabi and Dawlat Zadran.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi and bowler Dawlat Zadran’s reserve prices have been set at 30 lakh Indian rupees (approx. US $44,800), while Stanikzai’s is 20 lakh Indian rupees (US $29,800).
It is the first time that Afghans are present in the final list of the auction for IPL, which is the most-attended cricket league in the world.
The final list, including 351 players, was pruned from the original list of 799 players, after the eight franchises submitted their wishlists to the IPL.
The five Afghans are also among only six players from the ICC Associate members, listed for the 10th edition of the tournament. The only other player from Associate country is Chirag Suri who belongs to UAE.
(By Ziaulhaq Ateed)