The 34-year-old present Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah Riyad wants to experience the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was available for the 2020 IPL auction. Still, his name didn’t come to the auction table.
Many overseas international cricketers have expressed their positive feeling to experience the cash-rich league IPL, majorly due to the stiff competition. Mahmudullah, who is one of the senior cricketers in the present Bangladesh national cricket team, also has the same feeling.
In the 2020 IPL auction, Mahmudullah had the base price of INR 75 lakh. However, his name was not taken during that IPL auction as there was no chance to get a bid. Recently, during an Instagram live session with his national teammate Tamim Iqbal, who was signed by Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the IPL 2012 as an injury replacement but didn’t play a match, Mahmudullah spoke about his wish to feature in the IPL tournaments. He feels that the IPL is the best franchise tournament in the world.
The Bangladesh T20I captain said, “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.”
If I get an opportunity to play there then it would feel great to me: Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah has played 87 T20Is, where the right-handed batsman has scored 1475 runs (average 24.18), and the right-arm off-spinner has taken 31 wickets. Meanwhile, in 214 T20 matches, he has scored 3873 runs (average 24.98) and also took 102 wickets.
Mahmudullah feels that it would be great for him if he got an opportunity to play in the IPL. However, the senior Bangladesh cricketer also added that he had no disappointment for missing out the IPL.
He added, “If I had a chance to play there it would have been obviously great for me. Because we all want to play and perform at the highest level. InshaAllah if I get an opportunity to play there then it would feel great to me. There’s nothing to be disappointed all we have to do play the way we want.”