Indian Premier League is the most controversial, yet the most attractive baby of cricket. The BCCI announced the tournament in 2007 and it kicked off in 2008. It has been 12 years since the inaugural season and the extravaganza has seen it all, from ups and downs, from revenue and controversies. All these things have made the IPL, the pinnacle T20 league of world cricket.
The cash-rich league has a large amount of money included, which leads to the excitement in players and fans. The unique concept of auctioning the players grabs more headlines than any player draft. The tournament has attracted almost all the international stars as well as the mainstays of Team India. Tendulkars, Kohlis, Dravids, Dhonis, all of them have played in this exhibition.
However, there are still some big names who didn’t get attracted by a chunk of money. Some put in there names for the auction but the owners didn’t find them valuable enough. Though the tournament is still a major attraction in the world cricket, however, the addition of such cricket heroes would have added to the value a bit more.
Let us go through 5 such big international names who never played in the IPL:
1. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket for England. The fast bowler is known for Tests more than the T20 cricket, but the pacer has captained the English T20I side in past. He is also the highest wicket-taker for England in T20Is, yet he has never played in IPL.
Whenever we think of Broad and T20s together, Yuvraj Singh’s breathtaking six sixes in an overcome to our mind. But, the Englishman is more than that. He has a bowling average of 22 in T20I for England which is well above par and the speedster could have been a valuable asset in the IPL.
In 2011, Kings XI Punjab bought him in the IPL auction for USD 400,000, but he was not able to feature in any of the games as he opted out due to injury. They retained him in 2012 as well but he again missed out due to injury. Finally, the Punjab franchise let him go and he didn’t feature in any match of the league. With the noise of low standards of bowling in IPL growing louder, Broad could have been a centrepiece for the showpiece event.
Mahmudullah, the Bangladeshi batting all-rounder is one of the most reliable finishers in the limited-overs cricket. His ability to control the innings and hit big shots when required is well known in several T20 leagues around the globe. In addition to his batting, the right-hander also bowls handy off-spin and with IPL teams looking for all-rounders, Mahmudullah could have been a valuable addition to some IPL teams.
The middle-order batsman had put in his name for the 2020 auction, but he did not attract any bid for himself. He later praised the tournament in an interview, by terming it the best franchise tournament in the world. “Obviously, because IPL is a big stage and everybody looks after it and everybody wants to play there. Because the tournament is so fantastic and I think probably the best franchise tournament in the world,” he said.
Mahnudullah has played in various T20 leagues throughout the world but playing IPL is one thing he would have definitely wanted. IPL teams such as Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are missing the services of a hard-hitting allrounder and they might go for the Bangladeshi cricketer in the coming years. Mahmudullah is 34-year-old and an IPL contract might be waiting for him.
3. Brian Lara
One of the best batsmen to step inside the cricket field, Brian Lara is one more addition to this list. The southpaw played in the era of Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar, yet he made a name for himself. He was known as one of most attacking players of his era.
Lara retired from international cricket in 2007. It was not expected of such a big player to come back and play for any T20 league. Still, the charm that this showpiece exhibition possess is unique and the former Caribbean captain was not able to resist the temptation. He put in his name for the 2011 auction and surprisingly, no one bid for the big man.
Though he did play for ICL- The banned cricket league and a tournament in Zimbabwe. But, as IPL was a major event, nobody wanted to risk a player who hasn’t featured in any top-level tournament in past few years. The left-hander was 42 years old at that time, he never put in his name for the auctions again and the tournament was not able to star one of the best batsmen of all time.
4. Kevin O’Brien
Remember that game at M Chinnaswamy stadium in 2011 World Cup? England was defeated by Ireland, the team playing its only second World Cup. Kevin O’Brien was the protagonist of that game, he scored a fabulous hundred as Ireland chased a mammoth total of 327 against its neighbour country.
One of the biggest names of Ireland’s team, hard-hitting all-rounder Kevin O’Brien is yet to feature in the biggest T20 league. The right-hander has featured in almost all the T20 leagues, but no one has ever bid for the finisher the cash-rich event.
The 34-year-old Irish cricketer appeared in numerous IPL auctions from 2009 to 2013 but not even once the franchises exhibited any interest in him. It was strange because of O’Brien’s proven big-hitting proficiency. Maybe the tag of representing an associate country at the international level was the reason, the all-rounder’s absence from IPL is a major loss for both the parties.
5. Mushfiqur Rahim
A livewire behind the stumps, a renowned captain, a great finisher and one of the best cricketers Bangladesh has ever produced. All these adjectives were not enough for Mushfiqur Rahim to grab an IPL deal for himself. The stumper has played in Pakistan and Bangladesh in T20 leagues, but IPL is yet to open its door for the Bangladeshi cricketer.
He has captained his national side, have been the protagonist against India on numerous occasions, but the 33-year-old never attracted a bid in the IPL auction. The wicket-keeper has sent his name for the auction on several occasions, but not getting a bid is something nobody would like and Rahim showed his dismay in an interview after the last auction.
“To be honest, I didn’t want to send my name at first because I thought no one is going to pick me. So there was no point in keeping my name there,” he said.
As per the rules, only 4 overseas players can feature in a playing eleven and this is the major reason for IPL franchises not bidding for such big names. Apart from that, there are limits on picking foreign players in the squad as well. Whatever the reason is, not featuring such big international names is definitely a two-way loss for the players and the tournament.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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