Srinagar: J&K hard hitting batsman Manzoor Dar (Pandav) was penultimate player to get in the Indian Premier League (IPL)-2018 auction list was grabbed by Kings XI Punjab for the base price of 20 lakhs.
Known for his power-hitting, he was won a couple of matches in the recently concluded Mushtaq Ali T20 North Zone tournament for Jammu and Kashmir.
He was bought by KXIP for his of Rs 20 lakh and will be teaming up with big man Chris Gayle, who was also picked at the fag end of the auction.
However, other J&K cricketers were given a miss. Parvez Rasool, who was capped wasn’t even part of the auction, while Umar Nazir didn’t fetch any bids.
Expressing his happiness Dar on social networking site twitter “Thank you to the @lionsdenkxip for providing me opportunitie to Show the world what I am.”
“Manzoor I’m extremely excited to join the #PunjabiBoys Cant wait”
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah congratulated Dar on making it to IPL. “Congratulations & all the best for the tournament. Look forward to watching you play,” Omar tweeted.
congratulating the Cricketer Pandav, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Reza Ansari tweeted, “Congratulations Manzoor Dar (Pandav). Make Jk Proud and thanks to friends who made this happen.” (Sic.)
Ansari further hoped that his selection will boost the energies of youth in the field of cricket and wished him best.
Chairman, selection committee for J&K cricket team Parvez Qaiser said, “I am very happy that Manzoor has been selected by Kings XI Punjab.”
“He has potential to perform at higher levels and if he (Manzoor) gets a chance in playing XI, I am sure he will definitely live upto the expectations,” Qaiser added.
After Parvez Rasool he is the second player from Kashmir to play in cash rich IPL.
Meanwhile out of favor Parvez Rasool even didn’t came up for the auction. Umar Nazir another JK player didn’t fetch any bids for the base price of Rs 20 lakhs.
The 11th edition of the Twenty20 tournament begins in Mumbai on April 7.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, David Miller, Mayank Agarwal, Mujeeb Zadran, Manzoor Dar, Marcus Stoinis, Pardeep Sahu, Manoj Tiwary, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Dwarshuis, Mayank Dagar, Axar Patel