Pakistan players haven’t participated in IPL after the inaugural edition of the tournament
Sanjay Manjrekar and Tom Moody, renowned cricket commentators and former players, recently shared their opinions on Pakistani players who they believe would have been selected in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they were eligible for participation.
According to Manjrekar, Haris Rauf would be an excellent choice as a death bowler in the IPL.
“One of the best death bowlers, Haris Rauf,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo.
While discussing Pakistani batsmen, Manjrekar specifically mentioned Fakhar Zaman as an interesting choice for certain teams in the IPL.
“I think about their bowlers more than their batters. But Fakhar Zaman would be an interesting choice for certain teams,” Manjrekar said.
“Rizwan is somebody who plays the anchor’s role. Sometimes, I tend to get worried when Babar and Rizwan bat together,” he added.
Moody believes that Shaheen Afridi, a left-arm fast bowler, would be the top pick due to his ability to deliver impactful performances and captivate the audience with his skills. Former Australian cricketer also acknowledged the batting prowess of Babar Azam, Pakistan's captain, who has consistently performed well across formats.
“Shaheen Afridi, Babar Azam, Rizwan and Shadab Khan. They have got a number of terrific players, particularly in this format of the game. Shaheen would be your No.1 pick, he would be box office,” Moody said.