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IPL 2018: 5 foreign players who might warm benches for the entire season

One English T20 specialist makes it to the list.

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Top 5 / Top 10 25 Feb 2018, 22:05 IST
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The 'backup' Chris Gayle will be fortunate enough to play the KXIP-opener as Aaron Finch ties knot

Indian Premier League has been transformative for some cricketers while injudicious for others, the opportunity being the frame of reference. It all comes down to the pattern of team selection, where the squad limit goes as high as 25 out of which only 11 can tread the boards.

The state of affair is indeed severe for the overseas participants as only 4 of them are permitted to engage in the play. On account of all the above, the scenario emanates with certainty in which the players don't even get to sniff the 22 yards strip for the entire season, deservingly or undeservingly.

Here is a look at those who might fall under this bracket in the forthcoming season.


#5 Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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He played his last T20I for England over a year ago

The English all-rounder was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹ 1.7 crores in the IPL player auctions 2018 with the courtesy of which Moeen Ali is set to be a part of the cash-rich league for the first time. However, the conundrum is whether he'll get an on-field appearance for RCB or not.

The Bangalore-based franchise has a decent overseas mix-up in their arsenal. Indian spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Murugan Ashwin, and Pawan Negi give them many-sidedness.

The point is that they would want their foreign supply to reinforce their pace-attack and batting line-up having the dearth of Indian experience barring skipper Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav and even Mandeep Singh for that matter.

Therefore, Moeen Ali's chances to make it to the final eleven looks bleak.

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