In the IPL auction, which is scheduled in Bengaluru on February 20, a total of 351 players will be featured. This list of players includes 122 international cricketers. The final roster was presented by scaling the list of 799 players in the primary roster. The final list is prepared after going through the wish-lists of all eight IPL franchisees.
There are seven players with the maximum base price of 2 crores. They are Ishant Sharma, the Indian fast bowler, Ben Stokes, the all-rounder from England, Eoin Morgan, England’s ODI and T20 captain, Chris Woakes, another England all-rounder, Australian players, Mitchell Johnson and pat Cummins and Angelo Mathews, the captain of team Sri Lanka. A total of 160 capped players were included in the initial list from nine countries along with 639 uncapped players.
The only cricket playing nation who had no players in the list was Pakistan. In the final lists, six players from Associated member countries are also included. Of this, five players are from Afghanistan. The Afghan players are Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran. Another player from Associated member nation is Chirag Suri, the UAE batsman. Two of Afghanistan players are also among the five players with base prices of 50 lakhs. They are Shahzad and Rashid.
In the first list, there were 24 capped Indian players. Almost all are retained in the final list, only leaving out Sudeep Tyagi. The seamer has played four ODIs for India so far. Most players in this auction will be back for 2018 auction for the next season. This is the reason some franchises are being too aggressive in buying players for this season.
There are also reports that English players will gain much importance in the auction as they are the new entrants in IPL arena. The retention rules of players are yet to be announced. However, the right-to-match option for franchisees are expected to prevail. If this happens, the franchises will be able to buy back specific number of players they released for auction. However, the price should match with the bidding amount.
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