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IPL auction: Mohammad Nabi becomes first Afghani player to be picked

DECCAN CHRONICLE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published Feb 20, 2017, 1:11 pm IST
Updated Feb 20, 2017, 2:01 pm IST
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi became the first man from his country to play in the IPL after Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him.
Mohammad Nabi in action for Afghanistan. (Photo: AFP)
 Mohammad Nabi in action for Afghanistan. (Photo: AFP)

Bengaluru: All-rounder Mohammad Nabi on Monday became the first Afghanistan player in the Indian Premier League when he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a base price of Rs.30 lakh in the IPL Auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad also signed his international teammate leg-spinner Rashid Khan for Rs.4 crore. The 18-year-old has an impressive record of 31 wickets in 21 T20 Internationals.

 

Even more impressive is his economy rate of 6.14 which shows that he is extremely difficult to get away. David Warner, his skipper at SRH, should be thrilled with these two latest acquisitions.

Nabi took to Twitter to share his excitement after getting picked for IPL and also expressed happiness as Rashid Khan was picked. Nabi wrote: "Flooded with happiness today not only for myself but rather for our junior rocking player #RashidArman being selected for @SunRisers. @IPL."

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A total of 351 players are up for grabs in the auction out of an original pool of 799. Of these, 226 are Indian players and 122 are players with international caps. Six players are from Associate ICC nations.

This is the last auction of the 10-year cycle after which all players are set to go back into the auction pool.

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