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IPL 2017: Ben Stokes, Ishant Sharma, Mitchell Johnson in top base price bracket in auction

New Delhi: It’s that time of the season again when top players prepare themselves for the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Amongst those with the higest price-tag are Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and former Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson are among seven players who have listed themselves at the highest base price of INR 2 crore (approx USD 298,000) for IPL-10 player auction.

England allrounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins are the rest of the players in this bracket.

The recently concluded India-England series saw one English all-rounder sparkle the most and he is none other than Stokes. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and even star batsman Yuvraj Singh hailed Stokes an amazing talent who could fit in any franchisee.

The IPL auction is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on February 20.

The INR 1.5 crore bracket has England’s Johnny Bairstow, New Zealander Trent Boult, Australia’s Nathan Lyon and Brad Haddin, South African Kyle Abott and Jason Holder of the West Indies.

A total of 799 players are part of the initial roster which would be reduced once the franchises submit their preferences before the deadline this weekend. There are 160 capped players from eight countries – leaving out Bangladesh and Pakistan – and 639 from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

This will be the final year of IPL before the teams overhaul their squads for the 2018 season. The existing player contracts will expire after this season of the league and most players are expected to go under the hammer at a mega auction ahead of the 2018 season.

(With PTI inputs)

Source: Zee News