The Indian Premier League auction – due to be held in Chennai on February 18 – could see S. Sreesanth go under the hammer.
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 has set a base price of Rs 75 lakh.
Sports star understands that Sreesanth is one of the 1,097 players registered for the auction. While franchises will now have to pre-screen players, after which a reduced final roster will be put in place. As of now, a total of 21 Indian capped players have registered for the event, along with 50 uncapped players who have played at least one IPL match.
IPL 2021 auctions: 1097 registered players; Maxwell, Smith set the base price at Rs 2 Crore
“This will be a relatively smaller auction, where franchises hope to fix the issues and act on them. A lot of planning needs to be done on how to approach the auction in terms of strategies, ”said a senior franchise official.
While most of the teams have already kept their core group, a few like Kings XI Punjab have slots to fill and if each franchise were to have the maximum of 25 players on their squad, 61 players will be taken from the auction. – of which up to 22 can be foreign players.
Kings XI Punjab enters the auction with the largest handbag available at Rs 53.20 crore, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 35.90 crore), Rajasthan Royals (Rs 34.85 crore), Chennai Super Kings (Rs 22.90 crore), Mumbai Indians (Rs 15.35 crore), Capitals of Delhi (Rs 12.9 crore). Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have Rs 10.75 crore each.
No root, Starc
England captain Joe Root – who scored a century against India in Chennai on Friday – is reportedly not part of the auction, along with Australian point guard Mitchell Starc. In the past, too, Starc and Root have prioritized their international commitments over IPL. “As there hasn’t been a lot of cricket in almost a year, every cricketer is excited about the league and 21 English players and 42 Australians have signed up for the league. It shows the importance of the tournament to the world, ”said a board official.
It is understood that Australia’s James Pattinson – who was drafted by Indians from Mumbai last year to replace Lasith Malinga – will also not be part of the auction. He was released by Indians from Mumbai last month.
A total of 11 players – Harbhajan Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Kedar Jadhav, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Colin Ingram – set a high base price of Rs 2 crore.
Sheldon Cottrell, Marnus Labuschagne, Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav have set a base price of Rs 1 crore.
Shakib Al Hasan with Khaleel Ahmed in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad. – IPL
Shakib, who faced a one-year ICC suspension last year, missed last year. He will be hungry to play, but Bangladesh are expected to visit Sri Lanka around this time and his availability could be a factor.
Despite a lot of money, Maxwell had a terrible season for Kings XI last year and was released.
The IPL auction drew a lot of attention in the West Indies as a total of 56 players – including Cottrell – registered for the event. Even 30 players from Afghanistan have signed up, however, it has to be seen how many of them actually qualify for the final cut list which is due next week.
Pujara, Arjun in the list too
Indian testing specialist Cheteshwar Pujara also signed up for Rs 50 lakh. For the last two auctions, Pujara was unsold.
Arjun Tendulkar, the son of cricketer legend Sachin Tendulkar, signed up for the auction at a base price of Rs 20 lakh. He recently made his Mumbai debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
The tournament is scheduled to start the first week of April and is expected to be played in India.