After a thrilling ODI and T20 series against India, English players were expected to be the hottest property leading into the IPL auctions for the 10th season. Realising the buzz around themselves, all-rounder Ben Stokes, captain Eoin Morgan and fast-bowler Chris Woakes have listed themselves at the highest base price of Rs. 2 crore (US $298,000).
Four more players have listed themselves in the top bracket including India’s experienced fast-bowler Ishant Sharma who is the only Indian player to put himself at the base price. The other three players are Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Kiwi fast bowler have listed themselves in the second bracket with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. This list also includes Jonny Bairstow, Nathan Lyon, Kyle Abbott and Jason Holder.
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BCCI has confirmed that IPL auction for the 10th edition of the cash-rich league will be held on February 20th in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Earlier the auctions were scheduled for February 4 but were delayed due to the instability in Board of Cricket Control of India’s administration. Prior to this year’s auctions, 140 cricketers, including 44 overseas cricketers were retained by their respective 8 IPL franchises.
A total of 799 players have submitted their names for the auctions but the list will be trimmed once the franchises will submit their list of preference. This list contains 160 capped and 639 uncapped players. Kings XI Punjab have Rs 23.35cr to spend, making them the franchise with the highest bank balance left while the Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise Mumbai Indians has the lowest sum left, Rs 11.55cr to spend.
INR 2 crore: Ishant Sharma, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Mitchell Johnson, Angelo Mathews, Chris Woakes, Pat Cummins
INR 1.5 crore: Jonny Bairstow, Trent Boult, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Kyle Abbott, Jason Holder