IPL is the biggest T20 league on earth, but the BCCI does not allow the Pakistani cricketers to participate in this competition. The reason behind it is the political tensions between the two countries. IPL 2008 and 2010 were the only seasons to have an auction featuring the players from Pakistan.
While as many as 11 players from Pakistan played in 2008, none of them managed to earn a contract in 2010. Three of them are current Pakistani players. In this listicle now, we will look at the three active Pakistan players who registered for the 2010 IPL Auctions but went unsold.
1. Ahmed Shehzad went unsold at the IPL 2010 Auction
Current Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad was one of the many Pakistan players who registered for the auction in 2010, but none of the teams showed interest in him. Shehzad was a rising star then, but he has lost his place in the team now. In a recent interview, Shehzad slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board management and said:
“I have said this before and I will say it again, Kohli’s career picked off amazingly because he found MS Dhoni but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, your own people cannot stand your success.”
2. Shoaib Malik went unsold at the IPL 2010 Auction
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik played alongside the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and AB de Villiers for Delhi Daredevils in 2008. However, none of the teams bid for him at the 2010 auction. Interestingly, Malik did not even make it to the shortlisted players.
3. Fawad Alam
Current Pakistan Test player Fawad Alam was also present in the 2010 Auction pool. Like Ahmed Shehzad, he was a rising star during that time. But like the other Pakistan players, the franchises did not raise the peddle when Fawad’s name was brought up.