The fans can see more players from Afghanistan plying their trade in the Indian Premier League after Rajasthan Royals have reportedly invited three players from the country for trials. As of now, three player from Afghanistan – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman – ply their trade in the IPL. And all the three players have been big success in the league.
While Rashid and Nabi play for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mujeeb plays for Kings XI Punjab. All the three players have been able to make their mark in the league in a very short span of time. While Nabi and Rashid have already helped Sunrisers make it to the IPL final in 2017, Mujeeb has also made his mark with some impressive spells for the Kings XI.
Rajasthan Royals eyeing Afghanistan youngsters:
At least, three more Afghanistan players could play in the upcoming edition of the IPL if they manage to impress Rajasthan Royals in their trials. According to reports, the inaugural winners of the league have invited chinaman spinner Noor Ahmad Lakanwal, Naveen ul Haq and Rahmanullah Gurbaz for trials.
You can't live a positive life with a negative mind pic.twitter.com/a36qg4LS7K
— Noor Ahmad Lakanwal (@LakanwalNoor) December 3, 2019
14-year old Noor Ahmad Lakanwal is a regular feature in Afghanistan’s U19 team and has impressed with his spin. On the other hand, Naveen and Rahmanullah have already made it to Afghanistan’s senior team. So far, Naveen has played four T20Is and as many ODIs for Afghanistan while Rahmanullah has played seven T20Is. Afghani journalist M.Ibrahim Momand revealed the news on Twitter, writing:
“Afghan China-man @LakanwalNoor along with @RGurbaz_21, KarimJanat & @imnaveenulhaq
are reportedly to feature in a trial match for @rajasthanroyals ahead of @IPL Auction2020.”
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) December 2, 2019
The Royals, meanwhile, have also called up Sussex pacer George Garton for trials ahead of the auction which will take place on December 19 in Kolkata. The Royals have released as many as 11 players in addition to trading Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham and Dhawal Kulkarni.