IPL auctions: First time five Afghans players in final list

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New Delhi : Indian cricket board has been one of the main sympathisers of Afghanistan cricketers. From lending a world class stadium to allowing them to play in cash-rich Indian Premier League.

For the very first time, the BCCI has decided to include five Afghanistan cricketers including Mohammed Shahzad in the IPL auction pool, which is scheduled to be held on Feb 20.

The others are, batsman Asghar Stanikzhai, pacer Dawlat Zadran, all-rounder Mohammed Nabi and bowler Rashid Khan Arman. The sixth associate nation cricketer is India born Chirag Suri of United Arab Emirates.

It can be assumed that Shahzad and pacer Zadran would have been asked by eight franchises  to keep them in the final auction pool.

The final auction pool is always created after pruning the initial list and asking the franchises to name the players they want to go under hammer.

Shahzad is the most popular among Afghanistan cricketers with a strike-rate of 136 plus in 55 T20 Internationals in which he hit a hundred and 11 half-centuries.