Top 10 Pakistan Players Who Played in the IPL


Before the tensions escalated between the two nations, these players played in the IPL

Vishal Singh Feb. 3, 2024

As the world's most competitive T20 league, the Indian Premier League (IPL) attracts players from all over the world, eager to participate. However, because of the strained relations between the two countries, Pakistani athletes are not permitted to participate. The only year Pakistani players competed in the IPL was 2008.

Here is the list of top 10 Pakistani players who played in the IPL -

Shahid Afridi -

Shahid Afridi

During the IPL's first season, the Pakistani all-round player was a member of the Deccan Chargers (DC). In the 10 matches he had participated in, he amassed 81 runs and claimed nine wickets. That season, Deccan Chargers finished last in the points standings. Out of fourteen games, they only won two.

Shoaib Akhtar -

Shoaib Akhtar

Indian fans know the vintage Pakistani pacer very well, and he is known for always adding excitement to the game with his quickness. That season, he was a player for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He did, however, only appear in three-team games while claiming five wickets. Against the Delhi Daredevils, he claimed four wickets for eleven runs in one of the games that aided KKR in victory.

Sohail Tanvir -


This Pakistani left-arm bowler had a tremendous season playing for the Rajasthan Royals, the first season's winners. He claimed 22 wickets in 11 games, making history as the first player to win a purple cap. Under Shane's leadership, he was a major factor in the Rajasthan Royals' victory that season. He recorded his best stats against Chennai Super Kings, 6/14.

Umar Gul -

Umar Gul

Another Pakistani pacer was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders. He is regarded as one of Pakistan's top t20 bowlers. During his six Kolkata games, he took 12 wickets at an economy of 8.18, with his best stats coming from a 4/23 against KXIP. He also helped KKR chase 175 runs in the same game by scoring a rapid 24 runs in the last overs.

Misbah-Ul-Haq -


The Pakistani batsman was acquired by (RCB) due to his composure and superior cricketing intellect. That year, Rahul Dravid led the RCB team as captain. Misbah had a strike rate of 144.44 and scored 117 runs in 8 games.

Shoaib Malik -


During the 2008 IPL season, the Delhi Daredevils acquired the former captain of Pakistan. Due to the presence of strong overseas players like Glenn McGrath, Dilshan, Daniel Vettori, and AB Devilliers, the right-handed batsman was unable to secure a berth in the team. He was only able to participate in seven games, scoring 52 runs at a strike percentage of 110.64.

Mohammed Hafeez -

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He is a great addition to any T20 team because of his superb batting approach and capacity to supply crucial overs during the game. In the IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him. He was left out of Pakistan's squad during the IPL selection. In eight games, he amassed 64 runs and claimed two wickets.

Salman Butt -


In the IPL, KKR acquired the right-handed batsman from Pakistan. Along with Ganguly, he created the most alluring opening duo that season and worked on some important up-order partnerships. He had to wait for his time since he was only able to play when Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, and Ricky Ponting were not available and needed to depart for their national obligations. With a strike percentage of 119.88 and a career-top score of 73, he scored 193 runs in seven games for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Younis Khan -


One of Pakistan's best batters ever created. IPL buyers Rajasthan Royals acquired Younis Khan. He is well-known for his test-day batting. It is a well-known fact that he can bat perfectly in T20 cricket. Except for one game where he scored just 3 runs and went out early, he was benched the whole season. Younis guided Pakistan to the ICC World T20 championship a year later.

Kamran Akmal -


In the 2008 IPL, the wicket-keeper batsman was acquired by the Rajasthan Royals. His ability to keep wicket was reliable. He wasn't a consistent performer and only got opportunities when another foreign player wasn't available. But he was a member of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the final. With a strong strike rate of 164.1, he scored 128 runs in six games for RR.