A total of 292 players will fall under the hammer at the Indian Premier League auction, to be held in Chennai on February 18.
Last week, 1,114 cricketers signed up for the auction, however, the final list was pruned after all eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and three players from associated nations will be up for grabs in the aution.
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Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav and eight foreign players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood – chose to be placed in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore.
A total of players are in the auction list with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base prize of Rs 1 crore.
Malan in melee
Top batsman of the T20 internationals, Dawid Malan, with a base prize of ₹ 1.5 crore, was drawn in the second group of players up for auction. While Malan should be a hot pick this year, it will be interesting to see if Smith (Rs 2 crore) and Shakib (Rs 2 crore) generate interest in franchises. While Smith was released by Rajasthan Royals, Shakib returned to competitive cricket after serving a suspension for violating the anti-corruption code.
Nayan Doshi – the oldest cricketer in this auction
42-year-old spinner Nayan Doshi will be the oldest cricketer to go under the hammer at this year’s IPL auction. Son of former Indian cricketer Dilip Doshi, Nayan has set himself a base price of Rs 20 lakh. In 70 First Class and 74 A List appearances, Nayan scalped 166 and 64 wickets, respectively. Born in Nottingham, Nayan was a regular at English county cricket and was previously part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals.
THE PRICE LABEL
Rs 2 crore: 10 (Indians: 2, overseas: 8)
Rs 1.5 crore: 12 (Indians: 0, overseas: 12)
Rs 1 crore: 11 (Indians: 2, overseas: 9)
Rs 75 lakh: 15 (Indians: 0, overseas: 15)
Rs 50 lakh: 65 (Indians: 13, overseas: 52)