IPL auction to see 351 players go under the hammer
The IPL auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 20
Reportedly, it will feature 351 players. The original number of 799 players was brought down to 351 after the teams submitted their preferences.
There are seven players with a maximum base price of Rs. 2 Crore.
Including Ishant Sharma, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, three England players – all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, ODI and T20I captain Eoin Morgan, two Australian pacers Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins.
Six players from ICC Associate countries have also made the final list with Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai the standout name along with four of his countrymen.
Chirag Suri of the UAE was the other Associate player in the list. The three English players are attracting a great deal of interest from all the teams, despite claims from some franchise officials that they would not be overly aggressive in buying players this time of year.
Although the rules of retention are yet to be decided. The right-to-match option is expected to be available.
This option will allow a franchise to buy back a specific number of the players that they released for the auction, by matching the highest bid those players attract.