Afghanistan all-rounder Rahmat Shah believes the inclusion of his compatriot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be a big boost for cricket as more youngsters will be inclined to try out their luck with the bat and ball in their own backyard.
Rahmat, a middle-order batsman and a leg-break bowler arrived in March to join Mohammedan Sporting Club for the forthcoming edition on Dhaka Premier League.
Rahmat is inspired by young leg-spin prodigy Rashid Khan who has shown his potential among all the big names in the IPL while playing for defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, this has also paved the way for major stardom back home.
Sunrisers left no stone unturned in their attempt to get the charismatic leggie as an addition to their the bowling attack. So far the decision to include debutant Rashid seems to be paying dividends and his price tag of Rs 4 crores seems to be worth every Rupee for the defending champions.
Sunrisers earlier also bought Mohammad Nabi for his base price of Rs 30 Lakhs but it was Rashid who seemed to have created all the buzz with his bowling and according to Rahmat he is destined to go a long way that includes pushing the country’s cricket to a new horizon.
‘Naturally the inclusion of Afghan players in the IPL will have an impact on our cricket,’ Rahmat told Cricwizz when he was asked about his teammates playing in the IPL.
You cannot deny the popularity of the IPL and to make your presence felt in such a tournament can only come as a boost for our youngster in the coming days,’ he said
‘They are quite familiar with IPL and when they see their own boy is able to make things happen, it is likely to push them trying out the sport and make a name for themselves,’ he said.
Rahmat, who is also a leg spinner has also made a name for himself with his explosive batting to help his team on numerous occasions, said they are beginning to understand the international cricket culture better than before.
While they are still not considered a force to reckon with in ODI’s compared to their Asian neighbors but when it comes to Twenty20 internationals they had already made considerable progress.
Currently Afghanistan is placed higher than Bangladesh in T20’s and according to Rahmat it was more due to the vast popularity of the shortest format in Afghanistan.
We are quite capable when it comes to T20 because we started our journey when this format was beginning to flourish,’ said Rahmat.
‘So I am not surprised when one among us matches any other international stars in this format,’ he said.
It will not be long when there will be more Afghan players in different franchise-based T20 tournament played across the world as it suits us from every aspect,’ he said.
We want to play fearless cricket and most importantly make it enjoyable both for us and our people,’ he said.
‘We are ready to take any risk and we are ready to fight until the end when it comes to cricket and all these elements are quite vibrant in the shorter format,’ he said.
Rahmat, who played for Mohammedan earlier in DPL on two more occasions and he looked to have a sound knowledge about the conditions and the standard of DPL’s cricket.
Rahmat said they are trying hard to learn how to be more mathematical as it is necessary to be successful when it comes down to ODI’s.
According to Rahmat, DPL helped him gather knowledge and to see how different players respond to different conditions in the 50-over format and he feels this experience will help him in the near future.
There is a fierce competition in the DPL and it can only help you grow as a cricketer.
‘I come here to avail the opportunity of playing against some real good one-day players and there are quite a few considering both foreign and local,’ he said.
‘We are learning 50-over games quite fast and to me is knowing when to attack and when to work around waiting for the right time to blaze in all cylinders that matters in ODI’s,’ said Rahmat before making his way into the practice ground with his MSC team mates.