Some of the world’s top cricketers will be among the 405 players participating in Friday’s auction for next year’s Indian Premier League. AFP looks at five stars who could receive handsome salaries when 10 franchises bid in Kochi ahead of the Twenty20 tournament that will begin at the end of March.
Ben Stokes (England)
The last time the left-handed pitcher and right-arm pitcher played IPL was in 2021, when he dropped out midway through injury and opted out of this year’s tournament. .
Stokes, 31, played a key role in England’s T20 World Cup win in November and this month led the Test team to victory in the popular series in Pakistan.
He set an IPL record in 2018 when Rajasthan Royals bought him for $1.96 million in auction and is currently listed in the top base price bracket of $246,000.
Sam Curran (England)
The all-rounder was named the Tournament Player of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup after his skills as a “death pitcher” knocking out opposing players in finals turned him in. It became a powerful weapon for the British team.
The agile middleweight and left-arm attack had a successful stint with the Chennai Super Kings but parted ways after a back injury and missed the 2022 edition.
Curran has an attack rate close to 150 and is placed, like Stokes, in the top tier of the auction list, so Chennai and their warhorse captain MS Dhoni may want him back as they hunt for a fifth title.
Green Cameron (Australia)
Standing 6 feet 6 (1.98 meters) tall with a demonic swing, Green was originally selected as a fast pitcher for Western Australia but has also emerged as a fearsome pitcher.
The Perth Scorchers star, 23, made a big impression in India with his attacking batting on tour in September, when he made 118 runs with a strike rate of 214, 54 when opening the score.
countryman David Warner warns Green that his first IPL play in a busy early 2023 will include a tour of India, the Ashes and the World Cup, which could be too much.
“It’s going to be a really tough year. I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. But I think it’s a really good opportunity,” Green said.
Poor Nicholas (West Indies)
West Indies stars have long thrived at the IPL and left-hander Pooran has played in tournaments around the world, from Australia’s Big Bash to the Abu Dhabi T10.
The hitter and goalie stepped down as captain of the West Indies white team following the team’s T20 World Cup defeat and was also launched by IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.
But with a T20 strike rate over 141, Pooran ranks among the top players, including fellow West Indies Jason’s keeperin the auction.
Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)
The left-hander has become an influential player for South Africa, with his brilliant T20 form spanning two centuries in October.
The 33-year-old destroyed India’s attack to help Proteas consoling victory in Indore and scored 109 goals to crush Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup group stage match.
He was claimed in the T20 franchise round, but was never able to join the IPL in 2014 and 2015 before returning unsold before this year’s season.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)
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