The 23-year-old Afghanistan National Cricket Team pacer Naveen-ul-Haq has said that the inclusion of Afghan pacers in the T20 leagues like 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 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction in the first round. However, he was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for his base price 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 he is delighted that he has got 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 playing in the IPL and I’m happy to fulfil that,” Naveen told Cricbuzz.
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“I am in Australia and it was around 1 at night and I was watching the auction. I was unsold when my name was called the first time. There was another round and I was still sitting but I had the hope (that I will be picked) and by the grace of Allah it was fulfilled,” he said.
Naveen-ul-Haq further said that two pacers from Afghanistan – him and Fazalhaq Farooqi – being part of the IPL is a good sign for the country.
“Yes, it’s a good sign that two pace bowlers are there in the IPL from Afghanistan. Because earlier spinners (from Afghanistan) used to play everywhere. The more seam bowlers will play in tournaments like IPL, it will help to grow interest back home,” he said
The experience that I will gather playing there will certainly help me – Naveen-ul-Haq
Naveen-ul-Haq further said that the experience of playing in the IPL would definitely help him to grow in his career.
“Look I have played in Lucknow so there is little bit of an idea because we had a series against West Indies in Lucknow and I played there. Knowing the conditions always helps and if I get the chance I want to repay back the confidence they show on me by giving 110 percent. Certainly playing in different franchise leagues will help me to absorb the pressure of IPL but saying that it is the biggest league in the world and the experience that I will gather playing there will certainly help me in the future.”
Talking about 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 squad, of which 4 were overseas. They had a maximum of 10 slots available, including 4 for the players from overseas.
LSG bought 10 players at 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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