SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir cricket fans will have their eyes closely fixed on the second and final of Indian Premier League Auction, with seven cricketers from the state slated to go under hammer today.
For the first time in the six-year IPL history, any cricketer from J&K has made it to the auction thanks to the league’s governing body’s new rules that has made it mandatory for franchise to buy the uncapped players through auction. The J&K’s strong presence has, of course, been surged by the recent strong show from the state team; making it to the last eight stages of recently concluded Ranji Trophy season for the first time.
After the first day that saw 70 players-all of them with international experience (capped) – bought by eight different franchises, it will be turn of uncapped lot and those who were unsold on the first day to be auctioned today.
The star attraction among the J&K contingent will be the skipper and star all-rounder Parvez Rasool, who has emerged one of the most sought after cricketers in Indian domestic cricketers thanks to his consistent show with both bat and ball, and one expects team to strongly vie for him once he is up for the grabs. Thanks to his all-round skills, a seven figure bid from a base price of Rs 20000 won’t be a surprise.
He will have company of six other J&K teammates: all-rounder Samiullah Beigh, speedster Abid Nabi, medium pacer Ram Dayal, batsman Ian Dev Singh and talented young duo of Shubham Khajuria and Umar Nazir.
The J&K skipper, who has pocketed a horde of ‘firsts’ for a J&K cricketer with foremost being picked for Indian senior squad that toured Zimbabwe and becoming maiden player from the state to take part in the IPL last season, sounded confident and reiterated he wasn’t losing any sleep ahead of the auction.
“I feel I will be picked by the franchises, for I have performed well enough at various platforms. All J&K players who are in the auction have strong chance of making a final cut. We have performed well and obviously franchises’ team management’s would have taken note of that,” said Parvez, who was emerged as one of the premier all-rounders in Ranji Trophy second time running, that saw him Indian selectors picking him in Rest of India squad for Irani Trophy, but couldn’t make it to the playing XI led by Harbhajan Singh.
Forgotten man in J&K cricket who wasn’t picked for J&K Ranji team this season, Abid Nabi has found a new hope after finding himself in the list of domestic players due to be auctioned.
Once a big thing in Indian domestic cricket thanks to sheer pace, Abid is hoping for a bid from couple of franchises to get himself back into reckoning.
“Yes I am bit nervous. I hope I am picked by some franchise so that it will give me an opportunity to perform well,” said Abid who is currently undergoing JKCA trials in Jammu, held to pick the J&K team for one-dayers.
Whatever the results, J&K players will be tuned to IPL auction like never before and who knows we could have first millionaire cricketer from the state. Fingers crossed!