The BCCI issued a press release, which stated that a total of 971 players have registered themselves for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on December 19 in Kolkata. In a report filed by ESPNCricinfo, the base price of some of these players have been released.
According to the report, five Australians - Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Marsh - have listed themselves for the highest base price of INR 2 crore. The other two players to have listed themselves at this high base price are veteran South Africa quick Dale Steyn, and former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.
Maxwell, who is on a break from international cricket after citing reasons related to mental health, has turned out for teams like Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in the past. Lynn, on the other hand, has been a powerhouse for Kolkata Knight Riders and it was a big surprise to see the franchise release the burly Aussie opener.
Cummins has been picked in the past by Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders, while Marsh has played for the now-defunct Pune Warriors and Rising Pune Supergiant and Deccan Chargers. Hazlewood was picked by Mumbai Indians earlier.
Steyn, on the other hand, is fighting to revive his career after a spate of injuries. He impressed in his blink and you miss appearance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season. Mathews, who too has turned out for a few IPL franchises, now plays purely as a batsman.
Among the Indian stars, former Kolkata Knight Riders mainstay Robin Uthappa has listed himself at INR 1.5 crore. The others in this price bracket are England's 50-over World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, his compatriots David Willey, Chris Woakes and Jason Roy. Former Delhi all-rounder Chris Morris is also in the 1.5 crore bracket.