The IPL Mega Auction 2022 is scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th February 2022 in Bangalore. The eight existing teams have announced their list of retained and released players. The two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad will also be announcing their three picks before the auctions. As of now, the eight existing franchises have retained a total of 27 players, which includes 19 Indians and 8 overseas.
The rest of the players should find themselves back into the auction pool unless they are picked by the two franchises. Given the fact that it’s a mega-auction, a lot of players will be going under the hammer. The franchise willingly or unwillingly released a lot of world-class players and all those are likely to cause a bidding war at the auctions.
The Pakistan players aren’t allowed to participate in the Indian Premier League. A total of 11 players from Pakistan played the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. However, the political tensions between the two countries grew thereafter and the players from Pakistan were barred from participating in the Indian Premier League.
There are a lot of talented players from Pakistan who can bag an IPL contract if given an opportunity. On that note, we take a look at five Pakistani players who can cause a bidding war at the auctions if they are allowed to play in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
IPL 2022 Auction: 5 Pakistan Players Who Can Cause a Bidding War
Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan had an outstanding year with the bat as far as T20 cricket is concerned. No other cricketer has scored most runs than Rizwan in T20 internationals this year. Averaging 73.67, Rizwan has scored 1326 runs in 29 T20 internationals.
Rizwan exhibited phenomenal performances in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 for Pakistan. In 6 matches, he amassed 281 runs at 70.25. Rizwan has been in blistering form and the franchises would be highly interested in buying his services if he finds himself at the IPL auction pool.