346 players up for grabs as IPL franchises finalise auction shortlist for 2019 edition

Sudhir Gupta 08:26 12/12/2018
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Lasith Malinga.

The final shortlist of players for the upcoming auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) has been released with a total of 346 cricketers set to go under the hammer.

Nine overseas players have opted to reserve the highest base price of US$ 277,000 approximately (Dh 102,000) which includes Lasith Malinga, Sam Curran, Shaun Marsh, Brendon McCullum, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short.

A total of 226 domestic Indian players will be up for grabs in the auction with former Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat leading the line with a base price of US$ 208,000 (Dh 76,000).

The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel have all opted to reserve a base price of US$ 136,000 (Dh 51,000).

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch had earlier pulled themselves out of the auction pool after Cricket Australia mandated its players to report for 2019 ICC World Cup preparation duty at around the same time as the IPL tournament.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal did not feature in the auction list which includes compatriots Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.

Meanwhile, there will be as many as eight players from Afghanistan in the auction shortlist while the USA get a representation too in the form of Muhammad Khan.

South Africa lead the way with regards to overseas representation with as many as 23 players throwing their hats into the ring.

The IPL franchises had been given a deadline of until December 10 to submit their shortlist for the auction which will take place on December 18 at Jaipur.

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