The 15th season of the Indian Premier League started on March 26 and each team has played 1 match respectively. The league will have 2 additional teams this season – Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani skipper Babar Azam is part of the ongoing limited-overs series against Pakistan. The hosts lost the first one-day international of the series as the visitors dominated the match comprehensively.
Playing 11s of both the teams :
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (w), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson
During a recent chat with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar made some big statements referring to the Pakistan skipper playing in the marquee league. Akhtar has been a legend for the men in green and has been one of the top pacers to ever play game. He also showed his interest to see Pakistani players be a part of the IPL.
Shoaib Akhtar’s statement on Babar Azam :
“It would be great to see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli opening the innings together in the IPL one day. What an exciting moment that would be. In the auction, Babar would go for 15-20 crore INR and could be the most expensive Pakistan player,”
Babar Azam has been one of the top players in world cricket for the last 3-4 years. The right-hander has dominated in all three formats and belongs to the category of the elite batsmen.
The Pakistani skipper has scored a whopping number of 2620 runs in 73 T20 internationals. He has an average of 45.2 while the strike rate is higher than 130.
It would be a delight for cricket viewers to see Babar and other Pakistani players in action in the India-based T20 league but unfortunately, the thought is way ahead of reality at the moment.
The players from Pakistan are not allowed to be the part of Indian Premier League due to borderline, political disputes.