Veteran Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has made a late entry to the IPL 2021 auction scheduled to take place later today in Chennai. The overseas cricketer has set a base price of ₹1 crore.
Incidentally, Mushfiqur Rahim has been a part of the auction since the inaugural edition and has gone unsold as many as 13 times. Despite his impressive numbers for Bangladesh and other T20 teams, the veteran failed to attract a buyer.
Mushfiqur Rahim had earlier opted out of IPL 2021
Previously, NIBCO, the company, which handles the 33-year-old’s account, stated that Mushfiqur Rahim hadn’t registered for the auction and decided to skip IPL 2021.
“We have not made any submission for Mushfiqur Rahim for IPL this time,” an official from the NIBCO was quoted as saying to New Age earlier.
Since making his international debut in 2006, in 86 T20Is, the right-hander has scored 1,282 runs at an average and strike-rate of 20.03 and 120.03 respectively. He also has five half-centuries to show for his efforts. In the T20 format, he has 4,288 runs in 202 matches at an average and strike-rate of 28.97 and 127.96 respectively.
Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim, another Bangladesh player Shakib Al Hasan will be under the spotlight during the IPL 2021 auction. Shakib has been a regular feature in the most popular T20 league in the world and has won the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014 with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise.
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However, the ace all-rounder missed the last edition of the cash-rich league in the UAE due to a suspension imposed by ICC for failing to report a potential fix. With his return, Shakib Al Hasan is likely to draw a massive attraction with a couple of teams interested to rope him for the upcoming season.
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