In a significant boost to J&K Cricket, 10 J&K cricketers have been shortlisted for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega players auction.
On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the final list of players who will be up for grabs in the upcoming player’s auction. The IPL players auction is scheduled to be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru and will feature 590 players.
From J&K, 10 top cricketers have found their names on the auction list. That means franchisees have shown interest in them, and they have a chance to get sold and go on to play in IPL.
Left-arm young pacer from Anantnag Mujtaba Yousuf is placed at serial 161, followed by Rasikh Salam serial 242, Parvez Rasool serial 354, Qamran Iqbal serial 367, Fazil Rashid, serial 391, Henan Malik, serial 436, Abid Mushtaq, serial 445, Nasir Lone, serial 446, Auqib Nabi, serial 492 and Vivrant Sharma, serial 545.
Mujtaba has been a net bowler with Kolkatta Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, and there is a chance that he may get a permanent place in the team this time. Rasikh Salam, before getting banned for age fudging, was part of Mumbai Indians winning side. He has regularly been training in Mumbai Indians academy, and they may go for him this time.
After getting unsold in the previous two to three auctions, Parvez Rasool has once again put his name for auction on the base price of Rs 50 lakhs. It would be interesting how it will go for him. Abid Mushtaq, Auqib Nabi, and Nasir Lone have recently been called for trials by various franchisees and may get interested from some teams. Qamran Iqbal, Fazil Rashid, Vivrant Sharma, and Henan Malik are talented players, and one hopes that they go on to make it.
Already two J&K cricketers, Abdul Salad and Umran Malik were retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs four crore each in the squad.
If any of the listed J&K cricketers find buyers in the auction, it would be a big boost for J&K cricket, with more than two J&K players in the biggest cricket league in the World.