Afghanistan national cricket team pacer Naveen-ul-Haq, 23, has said the inclusion of Afghan pacers in the T20 leagues such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) will help the young generation take fast bowling seriously.
Naveen-ul-Haq, who is currently in Australia representing the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL), went unsold in the first round of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction. However, he was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for its base prize of INR 50 lakh in the accelerated round.
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Meanwhile, Naveen-ul-Haq has said that it was his parents’ dream to see him play in the IPL and is delighted to have been awarded an IPL deal.
“Every player has a dream to play in IPL, but more than my dream it was my parents dream to see me play in IPL and I am happy to fulfill that dream,” Naveen told Cricbuzz.
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“I’m in Australia and it was around 1am and I was watching the auction. I was unsold when my name was called the first time. There was one more round and I was still sitting, but I had the hope (that I will be chosen) and by the grace of Allah it was fulfilled,” he said.
Naveen-ul-Haq went on to say that two pacemakers from Afghanistan – he and Fazalhaq Farooqi – being part of the IPL is a good sign for the country.
“Yes, it is a good sign that there are two pace bowlers in the IPL from Afghanistan. Because former spinners (from Afghanistan) used to play everywhere. The more seam bowlers will play in tournaments like IPL, the more interest in the homeland will grow,” he said
The experience I gain from playing there will definitely help me – Naveen-ul-Haq
Naveen-ul-Haq went on to say that the experience of playing in the IPL would definitely help him grow in his career.
“Look, I played in Lucknow so there is a little idea because we had a series against the West Indies in Lucknow and I played there. It always helps to know the terms and if I get the chance I want to repay the trust they show in me by giving me 110 percent. Playing in different franchise leagues will definitely help me cope with the pressure of IPL, but saying it’s the biggest league in the world and the experience I’ll get from playing there will definitely help me in the future.
Speaking of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), they released 7 players ahead of the mini auction. They entered the mini auction with a purse of INR 23.35 crore. Lucknow Super (LSG) had 15 players in the roster, 4 of them from abroad. They had a maximum of 10 slots available, including 4 for players from abroad.
LSG bought 10 players in the IPL 2023 mini auction: Nicholas Pooran, Daniel Sams, Romario Shepherd, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur, Swapnil Singh, Prerak Mankad, Yudhvir Charak, Jaydev Unadkat and Naveen-ul-Haq.
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