Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan spin-bowling all-rounder, has hailed the Indian Premier League [IPL] as the most competitive league in the world, adding that the cash-rich league cannot be compared to Caribbean Premier League [CPL] or any other franchise-based tournament in the world.
The 13th edition of the IPL is all set to take place in the United Arab Emirates between September 19-November 10 and Mohammad Nabi will be a vital part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad set-up.
“IPL is a quality league and has the participation of high-profile players. Most of the franchises have many national players. Thus, the matches played in IPL are very competitive. IPL cannot be compared to CPL or any other league in the world,” Nabi told IANS.
‘Playing in CPL will definitely help us to prepare well for the IPL’- Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi also touched upon the fact that Afghanistan players like him and Rashid Khan will benefit from their vast experience of playing in the Emirates in the upcoming season of the IPL.
“Afghanistan plays most of their T20 games in Sharjah. Thus, it becomes more suitable for us (me and Rashid) when we travel to the UAE for the IPL. But playing in CPL will definitely help us to prepare well for the IPL,” said Mohammad Nabi.
Nabi is currently plying his trade for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League. The all-rounder admitted that it is tough to play after such a long period of rest but is hopeful that the experience of playing in the CPL, will help him and other IPL-bound players to get in readiness for the high-profile T20 tournament.
“It is very tough to play after a long rest. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I stayed at home for around 4-5 months. We were just training and were not practicing any bowling or batting in the outfield. So, a few games in the beginning would be tough. However, we will try to get back into the rhythm as quickly as possible, and hopefully, we will do well in the CPL,” Nabi added.
Speaking of his IPL numbers, Mohammad Nabi has thus far featured in 13 games, claiming 11 wickets and scoring 135 runs respectively.