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I have watched all the IPL seasons and noticed the glitch that players from Ireland and Zimbabwe don’t get any preferences in the money-rich league. Why BCCI allows this partiality against small cricket playing nations?

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good review

  • Tarun Rastogi 2023-01-20 22:42:43 rate(0)

    Usually, overseas batters and overseas spinners aren't in huge demand in IPL, unless they're of either high quality or provide extra skills like batting or captaincy. India has a huge pool of quality batters (Top order) and spinners. Usually, Finishers, All-rounders, and death bowlers are in demand in IPL auctions.

    Zimbabwe and Ireland haven't had that high quality players in T20 internationals for a long time. Of course, exceptions are there. Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien deserved their chances in IPL. But again, Paul Stirling was a top order batter. Probably Kevin O'Brien could've been said to be snuffed by the franchises.

    I've observed one thing. The players who perform in T20 world cups usually bag the attraction of IPL franchises. Till 2017 season, no Afghanistan player had got a chance in IPL. But due to the performances of players like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in 2016 T20 world cup, they got chances in IPL 2017.

    Now a similar thing has happened. Due to their performances in T20 world cup 2022, Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe and Joshua Little of Ireland have got chances to play IPL for the first time. Joshua Little became the first Irish cricketer to bag an IPL contract. Ray Price of Zimbabwe had bagged an IPL contract. So Raza is the second Zimbabwean to get an IPL contract.

    If these players do well in IPL, then the word of mouth would play a crucial role in other players of their nations to get IPL contracts as well. Like Rashid Khan has become a brand in IPL. That has allowed the IPL franchises to dig deep in Afghans. As a result, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Naveen Ul Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi have got their IPL contracts.

    So I see more players from Zimbabwe and Ireland or other countries like The Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland, Bangladesh etc. to get more IPL contracts in the upcoming years.


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