When S. Sreesanth signed up for the Indian Premier League auction last week, it created a buzz in cricket circles. However, the 38-year-old speedster from Kerala was not on the final auction list, released on Thursday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
A total of 292 players – including 164 Indians – will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held in Chennai on February 18.
Returning from a seven-year suspension for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, the speedster featured in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Kerala this year and scalped four wickets. Sreesanth had set a base price of Rs 75 lakh.
IPL 2021 auction: 292 players under the hammer
But Sports star understands that the franchises have not shown interest in the pacemaker.
“A total of 1114 players had registered for the auction, whose franchises shortlisted the candidates and the list was pruned. Maybe Sreesanth didn’t attract the franchises for some reason, ”said one of the franchise officials. Sports star.
In 2013, Sreesanth – who was once considered one of the best fast bowlers on the right arm – was arrested at the team’s hotel in Mumbai along with his two other Rajasthan Royals teammates – Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – for alleged involvement in fixing points in IPL. While his seven-year ban ended last year, IPL franchises still seem a little worried about choosing him.
Even though Sreesanth missed it, some of his colleagues in Kerala – including Sachin Baby and Mohammad Azharuddeen – are part of the auction.