Players from England are likely to miss New Zealand tests for IPL knockouts: report

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English cricketers, who play more than one format, including Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, are likely to miss the New Zealand Test series in June due to a clash with the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs this year. Stokes, Buttler and Archer are an integral part of both the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and the English Test squad. IPL’s schedule has yet to be announced, but the tournament is likely to start in the second week of April. Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings) could also be affected if their respective teams qualify for the playoffs.

With England and New Zealand’s two games scheduled for the first two weeks of June, the players may miss the longest games due to quarantine protocols if their sides qualify for the playoffs.

On Tuesday, the IPL informed the franchises via an email seen by ESPNcricinfo about the availability of cricket players from the top countries.

In the event that ECB Selectors wish to select a player for the 1st Test v New Zealand whose franchise made it to the knockout stage of the tournament, but who does not appear in the first XI, the relevant franchise will be requested to release such. player asked so they can participate in the test match, “ESPNcricinfo quoted the IPL email.

Meanwhile, the IPL 2021 Player Auction listing was announced last week, with a total of 292 cricketers set to go under the hammer in Chennai on Feb. 18.

The league said in a media consultancy that 1,114 cricketers had initially signed up for the auction and that the final list was trimmed after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players.

Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve prize and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight foreign players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood have chosen to to be slotted into the top bracket.

As many as 12 players are on the auction list with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base prize of INR 1 crore.

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A total of 164 Indian players, 125 foreign players and three Associate Nations players are up for grabs in the IPL 2021 Player Auction in Chennai.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have the highest number of slots available, 13, followed by Kings XI Punjab (9), Rajasthan Royals (8) and Kolkata Knight Riders (8). Sunrisers Hyderabad (3) have the fewest seats available.

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