IPL 2022: Shah Rukh Khan is a KKR co-owner.© BCCI/IPL
Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has gone on to turn into the most important T20 franchise competitors on this planet. Cricket stars from different nations have graced the IPL, apart from Pakistan, who solely participated within the event’s first season. Players from Pakistan haven’t been allowed to play within the league put up the 26/11 terrorist assaults in November 2008. Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat not too long ago revealed that even he was anticipated to take part in IPL 2009 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan personally supplied him a contract to hitch his franchise. Speaking on the YouTube channel Cricket Den, Arafat mentioned, “Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had shortlisted names for the first edition and unfortunately, I was not among them and couldn’t play”
“I was playing County Cricket for Kent in 2008 where KKR’s scouting team specially came from India and they met me during a match. They revealed that Shah Rukh Khan wants me to play for his side”, he revealed.
“Initially, I thought it was a joke as to why Shah Rukh would send somebody to talk regarding the contract. They also handed me a card and took my contact details.”
“A few weeks later, I received an email where they complained about me not contacting them and the discussion was put off. They again offered me a three-year contract where Shah Rukh himself called and welcomed me.
“Then Mumbai blasts occurred and Pakistan gamers have been unable to turn into a part of the competitors ever once more. It is a matter of luck maybe that me and different Pakistan gamers by no means performed within the IPL once more”, he further added.
Having made his international debut in 2000, Arafat represented Pakistan in three Test matches, registering 94 runs and bagging nine wickets. He also played in 11 ODIs, scoring 74 runs and taking four dismissals. Meanwhile, in 13 T20Is, he scored 92 runs and took 16 wickets.
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