IPL 2022: Shah Rukh Khan is the co -owner of KKR.© BCCI/IPL
Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the largest T20 franchise competition in the world. Cricket stars from other countries have graced the IPL, except Pakistan, who only participated in the first season of the tournament. The Pakistani player was not allowed to play in the league after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in November 2008. Former Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat recently revealed that he is also expected to join the 2009 IPL as a Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) joint. -owner Shah Rukh Khan personally offered him a contract to join his franchise. Speaking on Cricket Den’s YouTube channel, Arafat said, “Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shortlisted the names for the first edition and unfortunately, I was not among them and could not play”
“I played County Cricket for Kent in 2008 where the KKR scout team came specially from India and they met me during the match. They revealed that Shah Rukh Khan wanted me to play for his team”, he revealed.
“At first, I thought it was a joke why Shah Rukh would send someone to talk about the contract. They also gave 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 discussions were postponed. They again offered me a three-year contract where Shah Rukh himself called and welcomed me.
“Then the Mumbai explosion happened and the Pakistani players could not be a part of the competition again. This is a matter of fate maybe me and other Pakistani players have never played in the IPL again”, he added.
After making his international debut in 2000, Arafat represented Pakistan in three Test matches, recording 94 runs and racking up nine wickets. He also played in 11 ODIs, scoring 74 runs and receiving four throws. Meanwhile, in 13 T20Is, he recorded 92 runs and took 16 wickets.
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