IPL auction: Indians opt for lower base prices

The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday released the final list of players to go under the hammer at the player auctions ahead of the tournament's tenth edition.

The Players Auction will take place in Bengaluru on February 20 (Monday). Among those part of the list, there are quite a few players who have featured in title triumphs on more than one occasion and will be a part of the list once again. There are 7 players including Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma in the top bracket. ESPNcricinfo understands that the IPL had informed the franchises about this in an e-mail this week along with the final updated player roster for the auction on February 20.

While the teams aren't too keen on splurging big bucks, the players have also realised that a lower base price increases their chances. Along with Ishant, Eoin Morgan, Angelo Matthews, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Woakes have Rs 2 crore base prices. The original number of players was 799 but the size has convincingly come down to 351 now. Now, it has been pruned to 351 after the teams submitted their choices. There are 160 capped players from eight countries - leaving out Bangladesh and Pakistan - and 639 from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The list includes 6 players from associate nations that comprises of 5 afganistan players and one from UAE. While Negi had been snapped up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 8.5 crore previous year, Ashwin had been bought by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 4.5 crore.

AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Faf du Plessis (Rising Pune Supergiants), JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils), David Miller and Hashim Amla (Kings XI Punjab) have been retained by their respective franchises, along with England's Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians) and Sam Billings (Daredevils). Each team has a total purse of Rs 66 crore.

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