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“The more seam bowlers play in tournaments like IPL, it will help to increase interest at home” – Naveen-ul-Haq Sport-rated




the 23 year old Afghanistan National Cricket Team Pacemaker Naveen-ul-Haq has said that the inclusion of Afghan pacers in T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL) will help the young generation to take fast bowling seriously.

Naveen-ul-Haq, who is currently in Australia representing the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL), failed to sell at the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction in the first round. However, he was bought by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for his base price of INR 50 lakh in the accelerated round.

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Naveen ul Haq smiles from the dugout after the announcers showed similarities between his bowling action and that of Jasprit Bumrah

Meanwhile, Naveen-ul-Haq has said that his parents’ dream was to see him play in the IPL and he is delighted to have secured an IPL contract.

Every player has a dream to play in the IPL, but more than my dream, it was my parents’ dream to see me play in the IPL and I am happy to fulfill it,” Naveen told Cricbuzz.

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“I’m in Australia and it was around 1pm and I was watching the auction. They didn’t sell me when they first called me. There was another round and I was still sitting, but I had hope (that they would choose me) and by the grace of Allah it came to pass,” she said.

Naveen-ul-Haq further said that two pacemakers from Afghanistan, himself and Fazalhaq Farooqi, being part of the IPL is a good sign for the country.

“Yes, it is a good sign that there are two bowlers in the IPL Afghanistan. Because the previous spinners (from Afghanistan) used to play everywhere. As more seam bowlers play in tournaments like IPL, it will help increase interest at home,” he said.

The experience I will gather playing there will certainly help me – Naveen-ul-Haq

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Naveen-ul-Haq further said that the experience of playing in the IPL would definitely help him grow in his career.

“Look, I have played in Lucknow so there is a little idea because we had a series against the West Indies in Lucknow and I played there. Knowing the conditions always helps and, if I get the chance, I want to repay the trust they have shown me by giving 110 percent. Certainly playing in different franchise leagues will help me absorb the pressure of the IPL, but saying it is the biggest league in the world and the experience I will gather playing there will certainly help me in the future.”

Speaking of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), they released 7 players before the mini-auction. They entered the mini-auction with a purse of INR 23.35 crore. Lucknow Super (LSG) had 15 players in the squad, of which 4 were abroad. They had a maximum of 10 slots available, including 4 for players from abroad.

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KL Raul. (Photo: IPL)

LSG bought 10 players in the IPL 2023 mini-auction: Nicholas Pooran, Daniel Sams, Romario Shepherd, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur, Swapnil Singh, Prerak Mankad, Yudhvir Charak, Jaydev Unadkat and Naveen-ul-Haq.

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