Nabi and Rashid Khan selected to play in Indian Premier League

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Many members of the cricket community opt to focus their attention exclusively on the top-ranked global teams and thus may know hardly anything about the Associate nations.

"Since I started from tennis ball cricket, I am self taught".

"Dreams do come true" - it says in big bold letters on the homepage of the most popular among the hundreds of Afghanistan Cricket fan-clubs on Facebook. And it's left the whole of Afghanistan on its feet. However, the IPL auction has given his career a big boost.

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Rashid found a place in the squad eclipsing multiple Indian bowlers and the mere fact that Ishant Sharma, who is an integral part of the current Indian limited overs side, did not find any bidders highlights the kind of importance the Deccan franchise has attached with the debonair Afghan all-rounder, often called the Shahid Afridi of Afghanistan.

"I am also grateful to fellow Hyderabad fast bowlers Chama Milind and Ravi Kiran for always encouraging me", said the fast bowler who was spotted by Jyothi Prasad, chairman of the Hyderabad selection panel and a former Ranji fast bowler himself. But, IPL has changed their world. "The IPL is big, but I have played a few times in the BPL and once at the PSL".

But it was about to get a lot better soon when Rashid's name went up. We are eagerly looking forward to it.We have been playing well at the global level for the last two years. He has played some incredible T20s and is accustomed of hard hitting. By the time the hammer went down though, Rashid was worth eight times of that. He landed a Rs 2.6 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad during IPL 2017 auction and now he wants to build a house for his family in Hyderabad. We're in Zimbabwe and have won the first two games in this series. Before long, he was winning matches for the nation at the senior level, like he might soon be doing with the defending IPL champions. Shafiq feels this may prove to be a transcendent moment for cricket in Afghanistan.

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Following the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe, Rashid will travel to Greater Noida in India, where Afghanistan will host Ireland.

Nabi, who has been one of the pillars of Afghanistan cricket over the last decade, feels cricket will become more popular in their country after this. While most of their support at Noida comes from the Afghan students in the area, local support too is building with their matches seeing decent crowds of late.

As in the years past, yesterday's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction saw some inspiring stories.

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