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IPL 2018: 5 current Pakistani players who could have shined in the IPL

smit shah
ANALYST
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Indian Premier League Auction 2010
Pakistan players are not allowed to play in the Indian Premier League

Cricket is a religion in India that it's people passionately follow. Step into Pakistan and you will find the same zeal and endearment for cricket within the people of Pakistan. Although in cricket, India and Pakistan are arch-rivals, it is love for the game that spreads brotherhood across the borders. Even though the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been staggering and unparalleled, non-participation of the Pakistani cricketers has left a void.

Had they been allowed to play, following players from the current Pakistani team would have shone in the IPL.

#5 Babar Azam - Batsman

Australia v Pakistan - 5th ODI
Babar Azam has been great for Pakistan

Last year Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur compared Babar Azam with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The stylish No. 3 batsman for Pakistan has been exceptional right from the start of his career. Pakistan’s ‘rising son’ notched up five centuries in 25 ODI innings, becoming the second fastest to achieve this feat after Quinton de Kock.

The resolute and composed No. 3 has an excellent batting technique and can hold the innings together. He can also switch gears when required and hit boundaries at will. Ranked No.12 in T20Is and No.4 in ODIs Azam can be lethal in subcontinental conditions.

Here is a glimpse at his ODI and T20 career stats :

Babar Azam career stats - limited overs
Babar Azam career stats - limited overs

Technically sound players have been highly successful in the IPL and Azam would have been one of them.

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