Cricket-Eight Overseas Players in Highest Range for IPL Auctions

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February 11 (Reuters) – Eight foreign players and two Indian players have chosen to be placed in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees ($ 275,000 ), said the Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) on Thursday.

Australian Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, England’s Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan are in the support with Indian veterans Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav.

A total of 292 cricketers – 164 Indians, 125 overseas players and three from associated nations – will go under the hammer at the auction in Chennai on February 18.

The roster was reduced to 1,114 players who had signed up after all eight teams submitted their shortlist of players.

The annual tournament is scheduled to be played between April and May this year.

Smith, who led the Rajasthan Royals, was one of eight players released last month by the franchise who finished last in the eight-team league. However, they kept the English trio of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer.

Maxwell was among nine released by Kings XI Punjab after a disappointing season and the franchise has the biggest salary cap available with 14 spots left, including five overseas.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, have the most available locations with 11 to fill, including three overseas.

The oldest player on the list is 42-year-old Englishman Nayan Doshi, son of former Indian bowler Dilip, while the youngest is uncapped Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmad, who only has 16 years old.

The final roster also includes Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian big hitter Sachin, with the 21-year-old who played for Mumbai in the Twenty20 National Championship listed as a versatile with a base prize of 20 lakh rupees ($ 27,500).

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