Afghanistan's Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar, a 15-year-old right-arm off-spinner, has registered for the IPL 2023 auction which is scheduled to take place on December 23 in Kochi.
The Afghan bowler has set his base price of Rs 20 lakh. A young player from the IPL auction, Ghazanfar, tried to enter the Big Bash League (BBL 2022) auction earlier this year but was unsuccessful.
Many who have seen Mohammad Ghazanfar play see him as an heir to Mujeeb Zadran, a well-known finger-spinner in franchise leagues and international competition.
A native of Paktia province's Zurmat area, Ghazanfar stands 6 feet 2 inches tall. Dawlat Ahmadzai, the former Afghanistan captain, watched over him as he gradually switched to a spinner due to his height. You can find the best betting bookies here.
Mohammad Ghazanfar inspiration is India's ace spinner Ravi Ashwin
“I started with tennis ball cricket and would play in my neighborhood, but under the guidance of my coach, I started bowling spin, and soon, I developed an action, and there hasn’t been any looking back since,” Mohammad Ghazanfar told Sportstar.
“Ashwin has been a champion spinner for India, and I like his variations. I have always considered him my inspiration,” the youngster added.
“I have played a fair bit of junior cricket, and my ultimate target is to play for Afghanistan. The IPL will help me improve my game as I would be able to learn quite a few things from the Indian and overseas players, and I am really looking forward to the experience. I hope to get picked by a franchise,” he said.
He currently resides in Kabul with his family and is the youngest of six brothers. When the players are put up for auction in Kochi the following week, Ghazanfar hopes to strike it rich. Read similar news and other sports articles.