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IPL will provide opportunity to play against best cricketers: Azharullah

Islamabad, Jan 28 (ANI): Pakistani origin cricketer Azharullah, who plays for English county club Northamptonshire, wants to test his opportunities playing alongside and learning from the best in the business during the Indian premier League.

Northamptonshire has cleared Azharullah, Steven Crook and their overseas player Jackson Bird to seek IPL deals.

He told pakpassion.net: “The IPL is the biggest domestic event in the cricket calendar as the cream of the crop goes to play there. I’ll have a wonderful opportunity to test myself and prove myself against the best players in the world.

“Everyone watches the IPL, with it being such a star-studded event, so I’d love to be a part of it. There’s no particular team I’d prefer to play for, I’ve watched a lot of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the past as they had a good team. To a certain extent you could say I’d like to meet Shahrukh Khan but the main purpose is cricket!”

Azharullah, however, is confident that Northants have the bench strength to make up for his loss and that a stint in the IPL can give him the experience to win more trophies for his county in the future.

Azharullah spent a number of years playing club cricket in England and had to bide his time before being eligible for a county spot.

The IPL auction is set to take place in Bangalore and eight franchises will take part, one fewer than 2013. No more than 11 foreign players can be part of a squad and a maximum of four foreign players can be in the playing XI. (ANI)