By Sports Reporter
FOUR Zimbabwe national cricket team players have positioned themselves to win places at this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) by registering for the tournament’s player auction to be held on December 18.
The IPL Player Registration closed on Tuesday with 1,003 players, including 232 overseas cricketers aiming to fill up the available 70 spots. This includes four Zimbabweans namely batsmen Malcolm Waller, Sikandar Raza, Solomon Mire, leg spinner Graeme Cremer.
Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was initially rumoured to have entered for the player auction although his name did not feature on the final list.
Zimbabwe’s quartet will be looking to emulate retired spinner Ray Price, former national team captain Tatenda Taibu and Sean Ervine, who have all played in the lucrative T-20 tournament.
Raza, who has played in different T-20 leagues this year, will be hoping that this would be his breakthrough year having enjoyed good form in the limited overs cricket for the national team as well as other T20 leagues.
Cremer, who underwent surgery, will also be looking to bounce back having also played well for the national team during the International Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers that were held in the country earlier this year.
Over the years Zimbabwean players have generally been over-looked by the IPL teams due to the national’s team’s poor results.
The 12th edition of the IPL is set to be held from March 23 after being moved to due to the country’s general elections.