The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently underway in full swing and the tournament has produced some great encounters already.
Every year, players from all over the world come and make their mark in the cash-rich league, except for Pakistani cricketers who have been barred from entering the league owing to severe political ties between the two Asian nations which has brought their bi-lateral cricketing ties to a halt.
Participating in the world’s biggest T20 league is high on the priority list of most players, but given the current situation the Pakistani players can only dream about it. That’s the reason why every now and then we come across statements like how their players would have attracted huge bids if they were part of the auction.
The latest comment has come from former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who says Pakistani skipper Babar Azam would have easily fetched Rs 15-20 crore in the IPL auction. He even joked that even if he was in a wheelchair, he would have still gotten a huge amount.
“I think me, even if I am on wheelchair,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda, when asked to name the Pakistani player who would have attracted the highest bid if he was part of the auction.
“In the auction, Babar would go for 15-20 crore,” said the former speedster, who holds the world record of bowling the fastest delivery in cricket.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also named the franchise he would want Babar to play for in the IPL. He said watching the current Pak skipper open the innings with former Indian captain Virat Kohli in the IPL would be a great spectacle for all the cricket lovers.
“It would be great to see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli playing together in the IPL. How nice it would be if they open the innings in the IPL one day,” said Akhtar who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the opening season.
This was not the first time a person had placed a huge price tag on the Pakistani players. Last month, a Pak journalist had become a butt of jokes after he said Shaheen Afridi would have gone for Rs 200 crore in the auction.
The Indian fans weren’t that surprised by Akhtar’s comments and they actually enjoyed how stupid it made him look. Some supporters even trolled the former pacer and told him a thing or two about the IPL auction dynamics and urged him to stop daydreaming.
Babar Azam is no doubt a world class player but that alone doesn’t guarantee success in the lucrative league. Every year we witness several world-class cricketers going unsold in the auction. Even this year, top players like Steve Smith failed to attract any bids.
Also, more than a player’s quality, the crazy bidding depends on a number of factors and that’s why nobody can say for sure how much a player would go for in the auction.