Indian Premier League: Bidding war nears for R Ashwin, marquee list to be out

Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to be part of the 16 marquee names, who will be in the first list of players up for Indian Premier League auction. The IPL auction will be held on January 27-28 in Bangalore

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2018 00:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Chennai Super Kings is supposed to bid aggressively for R Ashwin in Indian Premier League auction on January 27-28.(HT Photo)

While MS Dhoni has declared that Chennai Super Kings will do its best to buy Ravichandran Ashwin in the auction, the franchise will have to win a fierce bidding war to get the ace Indian spinner, for he is likely to be the first name up in the Indian Premier League auction to be held on January 27-28 in Bangalore.

Ashwin is expected to be part of the 16 marquee names, which is the first list of players up for auction. The full list of players up for auction under the various categories, marquee, capped, uncapped etc will be released on Saturday afternoon.

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As has been the trend over the seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.

Apart from the current India stars like Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, some other names in the top bracket for the auction are likely to include Kolkata Knight Riders legend Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.

Ben Stokes may find himself in the eye of the storm following criminal proceedings being launched against him for a brawl in Bristol, and he may have been out of favour with the England cricket team as well, but it is unlikely to diminish his price in the IPL auction and should be listed among the marquee names. The all-rounder is the most in demand of the England players. Their Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the world’s most popular T20 league.

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Couple of Australians should be in the top-16, including power-hitter Glenn Maxwell and West Indians like Chris Gayle.

The franchises will leave no stone unturned when these names come up for auction.

The base price for the marquee players has been Rs 2 crores, but with the team’s purse increased to R80 crores, it remains to be seen if the base price of the top-16 will go up.

The player registration, which had closed on Jan 12, saw a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the mega auction.

So far, the following players have been retained - MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja (CSK), Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer (DD), Axar Patel (KXIP), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell (KKR), Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Steve Smith (RR), Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan (RCB), David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH)

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 23:59 IST