Mushfiqur Rahim not getting an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract is really baffling. The Bangladesh star is one of the great players of this generation who are yet to play in the IPL. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been one of the batting mainstays for Bangladesh for over a decade now and has proved his worth by performing well across the world.
But those fine and consistent exploits in international cricket did not earn him an IPL deal. And the snubs in the previous auction prompted the former Bangladesh skipper not to initially register his name in the auction for next year’s IPL. However, he decided to put his hat in the ring after the franchises requested his name to be included in the auction.
Mushfiqur Rahim, West Indies pacer Kesrick Williams, senior Australian journeyman Dan Christian, legspinner Adam Zampa, 21-year-old Surrey batsman Will Jacks were some of the players among 24 names that the franchises requested to be put in the auction after the IPL shortlisted the initial list of 971 players. But the Mushfiqur Rahim’s utter surprise, he went unsold once again.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s reaction:
While the latest snub would have definitely surprised Mushfiqur Rahim, he is not at all disappointed with it. The Bangladesh star insisted that he initially knew he would not be picked and thus decided against putting his name in the auction. It was only after that the franchises requested, he decided to go ahead and try his luck.
“To be honest I knew that maybe they would not pick me so there is no point of registering for it [IPL]. But after they requested for my name to be in the final list then I thought there might be a chance,” said Mushfiqur Rahim.
“But it did not happen and it is not actually in my hand. What is in my hand is that every one of us here in Bangladesh can continue to perform consistently. This does not really bother me. There is no bigger pride than playing for your country,” he added.