SRINAGAR: Thanks to their solid show in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season, seven players from Jammu and Kashmir have found their place in the final list of players who will go under the hammer in the much fancied Indian Premier League auction. With none of them having played international, all seven of them have been included in the uncapped players’ category along with other 288 Indian cricketers besides 219 international cricketers (capped ones) who will be bided by the franchises on February 11 and 12.
While four of them-skipper Parvez Rasool, Samiullah Beigh, Ian Dev Singh, and Ram Dayal- contributed to J&K’s surge this season, the surprise inclusion from J&K is once a big thing in Indian domestic cricket fact bowler Abid Nabi who wasn’t even part of his state this season. The two youngsters, pacer Umar Nazir and opener Shubham Khajuria, complete the J&K’s representation in the list with both of them touted as having credentials to be future stars.
Understandably with Rs 20 lakh Parvez has the highest base price and the rest stationed at Rs 10 lakh each.
As reported by Kashmir Reader January 14, IPL franchises have been showing a great interest in J&K players after they rose to prominence with their all-round show this season that saw them make to it to the Ranji Trophy last eight stages for the first time.
Abid’s inclusion in the list suggests despite snubbed by the J&K selectors this season, the speedster is still in the radar of the franchises. An elated Abid hopes this sudden hope in his career translates into something substantial.
“Over the last week I got calls from couple of franchises officials which surprised me a bit for I wasn’t part of the Ranji season. I hope I get picked in the auction and will prove my detractors wrong with my performances on the field,” said the pacer who was once a J&K cricket’s wonder before fitness issues and cold shoulder from the JKCA derailed his blooming career.
Abid and his J&K teammates would be anxiously waiting for the acution.
There was no such surprise for all-round Beigh on his inclusion in the list though, for he has the numbers to stake a claim: 35 wickets and 350 plus runs this season.
Beigh feels the inclusion of the seven J&K players suggests that their hardwork and good show haven’t gone waste.
“Since last five years, franchises have been approaching me but one reason or other I couldn’t make it. This year though I have solid numbers and am hopeful I will be picked by some franchise. It will be our chance to tell the world what we are made of,” Beigh told Kashmir Reader.
Beigh and several J&K cricketers have submitted their application to the BCCI as has been case with all uncapped players throughout India to be part of the auction, but as it turned out to be finally trimmed list featured seven of them: a first for J&K cricket.
Umar Nazir, a young fast bowling prodigy, has already taken part in pre-season trials of Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indian and is upbeat to make it to the final squad of any franchise.
“Things are looking good as of now and I am I hopeful some franchise will choose me. It is a learning stage in my career and I eagerly want every opportunity that comes my way grab it with both hands,” said Nazir, who made his First Class debut this season.
Like majority of cricketers round the world, J&K cricketers will also be tuned to the TV sets in their bid to know whether they have been snapped up by the franchise or not.
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