Bangladesh Premier League franchise Rangpur Riders said on Thursday it might hand a debut to leg-spin prodigy Minhajul Abedin Afridi in the tournament after his impressive show in the nets.
Student of a cricket academy in Chattogram, Afridi was a find of national chief selector Minhajul Abedin, who, upon impressed by his performance in the national team nets, picked the 15-year old cricketer for a three-day practice match against Zimbabwe in October.
Afridi claimed the wicket of Peter Moor bowling just three overs in the match, earning a call in the nets of Rangpur, where he also impressed coach Tom Moody and spin bowling coach Mohammad Rafique.
Speaking to reporters in Sylhet District Stadium on Thursday, Moody said they were seriously considering giving him a game in BPL after including him in side outside draft.
‘We’ll have to see what happens as the tournament unfolds. We’ve obviously got two very good spinners in [Sohag] Gazi and [Nazmul Islam] Apu,’ said Moody.
‘But if we’re looking for a leg-spinner he’s certainly ready to play if he gets his opportunity. He certainly has impressed us all in training,’ he said.
Afridi drew similar plaudits from former Bangladesh spinner Rafique, who likened him with Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
‘If he plays here it will be a surprise. But he is a good listener and works hard. If he makes his debut here he will be a nightmare for batsmen within one year,’ said Rafique.
‘I would like to compare him with Rashid Khan. He is almost similar bowler to Rashid. I have seen Bangladesh cricket for many days. But to be frankly I have not seen a leg-spinner like him,’ he said.
Rangpur will face Sylhet Sixers in their next game on Saturday.
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