IPL Auction 2023 – Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and Kane Williamson list highest base price at IPL auction

Sam Curran, who was a player in the 2022 World Cup Final and Tournament, is among the 21 men who have entered the maximum reserve price of INR 2 crore (around USD 246,000) for the 2023 IPL auction.

Not a single Indian player is listed in the 2 crore bracket which includes big names like England Test captain Ben Stokes, Australian all-rounder Cameron Green, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Nicholas Pooran who has recently resigned as captain of the West Indies white ball.

A maximum of 87 players can be purchased at auction (team size of 25 each) of which 30 can be foreign names. The auction is scheduled for December 23 in Kochi.

A total of 991 players (714 Indians and 277 foreigners) are part of the initial long list that the IPL shared with the 10 franchises on Thursday. The IPL will scale this down based on feedback from franchises, who have until December 9 to respond to tournament authorities.

Agarwal and Rahane are part of an Indian group

In what is a first, not a single Indian player is listed in the highest reserve price bracket of 2 crore. The list of 19 capped Indians mainly comprises discarded domestic players including Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal.

Rahane was released by Kolkata Knight Riders after buying him for 1 crore in the latest auction. Its base price this time is 50 lakh. Ishant, which had gone unsold in 2022, is asking for 75 lakh.

Agarwal was the first player to be selected ahead of last year’s mega auction by the Punjab Kings and was also named team captain. However, a subpar season for both player and franchise forced Kings to release Agarwal, who was paid 14 crore last season.

Agarwal has listed its base price at 1 crore. Left-arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who has been among the highest paid players at the IPL auction, listed his base price at 50 lakh. Unadkat, who has been in stellar form after leading Saurashtra to the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, where he is the main wicket taker, was released by Mumbai Indians, who bought him for 1.3 crore in 2022.

Focus on Curran, Stokes, Green
The most anticipated part of an IPL auction – mega or mini – has been the order in which a player’s name comes out to bid. And usually franchises pay a lot of attention and money to the names in the marquee that opens the proceedings. It’s fair to assume that Curran, Stokes, Williamson and Pooran will be part of this set along with likely Agarwal.

Overseas allrouders have always been a mega hit at mini-auctions and the in-form trio of Curran, Stokes and Green will be craving a big paycheck as a Christmas present on December 23. While Green has never featured in IPL, the English duo have significant experience.

Currran last played in the tournament in 2021 for Chennai Super Kings before a stress fracture in his lower back forced him to miss a lot of cricket. The Super Kings had bought Curran for 5.5 crore and will be aiming to buy him again although rival franchises like Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings, who enter with the two biggest purses, will have a better chance of landing the English all-rounder who has proven itself. match winner with ball and bat.

The year 2021 was also the last time Stokes played the IPL. Representing the Rajasthan Royals, Stokes left the season midway through injury. Royals had bought Stokes for 12.5. crore in 2018 and held it for the next three years. In 2022, Stokes retired from the IPL.

As for Green, he recently said that despite the massive workload faced by Australian players before and immediately after the IPL 2023, he was excited to take part in the tournament. Green turned a lot of heads during Australia’s white ball series in India just before the T20 World Cup where he scored 118 points at a strike rate of 214.54 while opening the batting. Coupled with his bowling, the 23-year-old could prove to be a major asset in T20 cricket.

Notable shortcomings

Dwayne Bravo seems to have said goodbye to the IPL (at least as a player). Having been released by the Super Kings before the auction, his name was not among the 991s offered in the long list.

Bravo is a three-time IPL winner and the tournament’s highest wicket-taker (183). The MS Dhoni side signed him in 2011 and trusted him until 2022. But at 39 and struggling with injuries, it’s likely the West Indian will now move into a backroom role much like his great friend Kieron Pollard. a to the Indians of Mumbai.

Among the 14 overseas countries, Australia with 57 players has the most in the bid. But two of their best – Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne – are missing from the list. Although given that none of them had any takers last year and are likely heavily involved in the build-up to Ashes with the series starting June 16, it may not be not too surprising that they chose to skip the IPL. Australia’s Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins has also withdrawn.

The 2 Crores Band: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Kane Williamson , Rilee Rossouw, Rassie van der Dussen, Angelo Mathews, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder

The 1.5 crore band: Sean Abott, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Sherfane Rutherford

The 1 crore band: Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Joe Root, Luke Wood, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Perera, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Akeal Hossein, David Wiese


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