Afghanistan’s explosive opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been roped in by Gujarat Titans for IPL 2022. Gujarat, the new franchise of the Indian T20 league, informed about the inclusion of Gurbaz in the team on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Afghanistan batsman has been included in the replacement team in place of Jason Roy of England. Roy withdrew himself from the league after the auction citing personal reasons and problems with the bio bubble.
Gurbaz has now become the third cricketer from Afghanistan to be a part of Gujarat Titans. Before him, the franchise has added Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed.
Significantly, the Afghanistan player had given his name in the IPL auction and had kept a base price of Rs 50 lakh, but then he could not find any buyer there.
Rahmanullah is considered a specialist batsman in limited overs cricket. The right-handed batsman has so far scored 428 runs in 9 ODIs for Afghanistan at an average of 53, including 3 centuries. Apart from this, he has scored 534 runs in 20 T20 Internationals with 3 half-centuries and a strike rate of 137.
Gurbaz can bat as well as keep wickets and has the experience of playing in many franchise cricket tournaments, so his arrival has solved two problems in Gujarat. The team has got the option of a wicketkeeper as well as an opener.