Player list finalized for IPL 2017 auction

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who had a good outing against Bangladesh recently, has listed himself at the highest base price of Rs 2 crore.

The franchises have submitted their list of desired players.

A total of 351 players, including 122 capped internationals, will feature in the auction, which will be held in Bangalore on February 20.

Several Indian players, including Test regular Cheteshwar Pujara, who confirmed that he has put his name in the pool for the upcoming auction, will have a base price of just INR 30 lakh. Pawan Negi, who was sold to Delhi Daredevils for a record Rs 8.5 crore, is in the base price bracket of R 30 lakh. Even Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who had remained unsold with a base price of Rs. 1 crore a year ago, has slashed his minimum price tag to Rs. 50 lakh. "My sole priority is to be able to play most games throughout the season", he told Sportstar. "At this stage of my career, if I have to get back into contention, I should be able to get noticed and IPL offers that platform, so money is secondary". Although franchise officials had earlier indicated that this season's auction could be a short event, with teams trying to plug a few gaps, the likely early departure of South Africa and England players could impact the teams' auction strategies.

The Players Auction will take place in Bengaluru on February 20 (Monday).

Five players from the Afghanistan national team have made the cut. Also with a base price for them that is low, the franchises will surely be interested in them, which again augurs well for the prosperity of cricket. While Negi had been snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 8.5 crore past year, Ashwin had been bought by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 4.5 crore. The original number of players was 799 but the size has convincingly come down to 351 now.

IPL 2017, the 10th edition of the cash-rish Twenty20 tournament, begins on April 5.

  • Loretta Pittman