3 franchises that can target Shakib Al Hasan in IPL 2023 Auctions
Shakib Al Hasan has been in good form in recent weeks. He is an experienced all-rounder and will add terrific depth to the squad. Hence, he could be on the radar of a few teams. In this article, we take a look at three franchises that can target Shakib Al Hasan in IPL 2023 Auctions.
1) Sunrisers Hyderabad
Shakib could actually return to play for SRH in IPL 2023. Barring Washington Sundar, SRH does not have a single genuine spinner in the squad. They would definitely need to build their spin attack and Shakib is a good option. The team can also afford the No.3 batting position now that both Kane Williamson and Nicholas Pooran have been released. With Shakib in the squad, the team would cover eight overs of spin in the Top 7, which would give great depth to the unit.
2) Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings is one of the franchises that can target Shakib Al Hasan in IPL 2023 Auctions. Harpreet Brar was a disappointment last season. Although he has been retained, PBKS would surely look for alternatives at the auction. While the franchise would target players such as Ben Stokes and Sam Curran, it won't be a surprise if they bid for Shakib, too. At No.3, PBKS can afford a left-hander although it might be in the mould of someone like Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Shakib gives a few overs of quality spin and hence, as a trade-off, PBKS can use Shakib in the top-order.
3) Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians do not have experience in the spin department. They would also need an all-rounder at No.7 and hence, they can think of hiring someone like Shakib. Yes, he is not a lower-order batter but he adds both depth and experience to the line-up. Therefore, the franchise can think of buying the Bangladesh cricketer.