The IPL 2024 auction is set to take place in Dubai, marking the first time this event is being organized on foreign soil instead of in India. The fate of 70-80 cricketers out of a total of 333 Indian and foreign cricketers will be decided. Notably, there is a cricketer of Pakistani origin among them. As we all know, Pakistani cricketers have been banned since the second season of IPL.
Despite the ban on Pakistani players in IPL teams, several cricketers of Pakistani origin, some of whom have acquired citizenship of other countries, have previously played in the tournament. Players like Ali Khan and Azhar Mahmood have notably participated. This year, there were rumours that cricketers such as Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim, who have taken citizenship of other nations, might register for the auction. However, none of them appear in the final list of selected players.
Focusing on those who have indeed registered, one prominent cricketer of Pakistani origin is England’s spinner Adil Rashid. Although born in Pakistan, Rashid has consistently represented England throughout his career and has been a part of previous IPL seasons. Notably, he was part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the last season, but they have released him for the upcoming season. Rashid had previously played for Punjab Kings. Now, the question is whether he will be sold or remain unsold in this year’s auction.