Bhutanese all-rounder Mikyo Dorji says just registering his name for the 2022 Indian Premier League auction is a big deal for his country. Dorji is the first player from Bhutan to register his name for the IPL auction ceremony. Cricket is still one of the growing sports in Bhutan as archery is the country’s national sport and football is very popular among the youth. Dorji is working hard to put his country’s name on the world cricket map.
Dorji said his ultimate dream was to play in the IPL, but he admitted there was a very slim chance he would be shortlisted for the next round of IPL bidding.
“Playing in the IPL is an ultimate dream for me. People saw that there was a player in the Bhutan auction list and my friends started calling me. But they don’t know (laughs) that it’s only the first round, and the names are going to be shortlisted later. If I’m honest with myself, my name won’t be there in the main list after being cut. Anyway, the just registering is a big deal for Bhutan,” Dorji told the New Indian Express.
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Dorji is also the first player from Bhutan to play in a franchise-based league outside his country. He played in Everest Premier League for Lalitpur Patriots. However, he said he could have developed more had his country played regular international matches.
“For players like me, more than anything, I missed international cricket, where I could have learned more and developed,” Dorji said.
The 22-year-old further gave an example of how Chencho Gyelsthen’s participation in the Indian Football League – ISL, has helped Bhutanese understand how a person can pursue a career in sports. He thinks the same will happen with cricketers if one of them is picked in IPL.
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“In the future, and I hope if a franchise chooses a player from Bhutan, it will help a lot here. For example, Bhutanese footballer Chencho Gyeltshen is playing in the Indian Super League, it has helped a lot. People and parents have started to realize that one can also earn a lot of money and have a career in these sports.The same can happen in cricket if a player from Bhutan is in the IPL,” added Dorji.
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