Pakistan cricket is known for some of the extraordinary players it has produced over the years. Some of these players have been part of the IPL. The former ICC T20, World Cup winners, are also the top rank holders in the ICC T20I Rankings currently.
However, the political tension between India and Pakistan has barred Pakistani players from participating in the IPL after the inaugural season. The only Pakistani player to have been part of the league after 2008 is Azhar Mahmood, as he was able to obtain his British passport.
A total of 11 Pakistani players was part of the maiden IPL edition. Kolkata Knight Riders had the highest number of players from the neighbouring nation. While the presence of players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Shoaib Akhtar is known, here are three players you do not know played in IPL.
- Salman Butt
Former opening batsman for Pakistan, Salman Butt is arguably one of the most talented opening batsmen to have played for Pakistan. In his 78 ODIs, he has maintained a decent average of 36.82, whereas he also scored 595 runs in 23 T20I innings.
Kolkata Knight Riders signed Butt during the first IPL season. For the Shahrukh Khan-owned team, he played 7 matches. He scored 193 runs in those games with his highest score been against Chennai Super Kings at 73.
- Younis Khan
Regarded as one of the best Test players from Pakistan, Younis Khan was part of the IPL winning team, Rajasthan Royals, in 2008. Although he is only featured in a single game for his team, he is one of the only two Pakistani players to win the IPL. The other one is Kamran Akmal.
His first and only game in IPL was against Kings XI Punjab, in which he was able to score only three runs off seven balls as his team lost the game by 41 runs.
- Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif was part of the Delhi franchisee in IPL 2008. Playing for the Virender Sehwag-led outfit, in eight matches, he took eight wickets and scored three runs.
His best performance was against the Deccan Chargers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. During the game, Asif gave away only 19 runs in his four-over spell and picked important wickets of Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman.
He also played for Delhi Daredevils in the semifinal match against Rajasthan Royals, however, the Pakistani Test legend was not able to help his side in the knockout game.