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IPL 2022 auction: Pujara, Sreesanth among 590 in fray

The Indian Premier League trophy in 2021 (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA batter Cheteshwar Pujara and former national team seamer S Sreesanth feature among 590 cricketers who are set to go under the hammer in the two-day mega auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 which will be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.

Pujara, who is known to be a Test specialist, and Sreesanth, who last played for India in 2011 and will turn 39 on February 6, have registered for the auction at a base price of rupees 50 lakh (£49,511).

The IPL 2022 players’ auction list was unveiled on Tuesday (1).

“Amongst 590 players who have registered for the auction, 228 are capped players, 355 are uncapped players and seven belong to Associate Nations,” the official release said.

A fierce battle to get services of some of the finest cricketing talents of the country is on the cards when the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thalur and others go under the hammer.

Among the top overseas cricketers waiting to be acquired are among others, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada. England fast bowler Jofra Archer has also entered the fray and listed his base price at rupees two crore (£198,044), an amount that 48 players have chosen to keep as their base price.

The IPL this year will feature 10 teams with Lucknow and Ahmedabad joining as new franchises.

There are 20 players in the auction list with a reserve price of rupees 1.5 crore (£148,533) while 34 players are on the list of cricketers with a reserve price of rupees one crore (£99,022).

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