Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn locked at highest base price: The two Australian cricketers are among seven players with highest base price.
All Indian Premier League franchises had made public their list of retained players for the next season of the IPL last month. With better clarity on their squads and the budget remaining, franchises will now bid accordingly in the IPL 2020 auction.
While Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals had released the maximum players, Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad showed faith in their existing squads.
With the auction slated to take place in less than three weeks now, as many as seven overseas players have locked their names at the highest base price of INR 2 crore. The second price slab (INR 1.5 crore) contains nine players including one Indian player.
Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn locked at highest base price
Hard-hitting Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn are undoubtedly among the cricketers with highest base price for IPL 2020 auction. While Maxwell had skipped IPL 2019 to prepare for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Lynn was released by Kolkata Knight Riders last month.
Given Lynn’s stellar form in domestic T20 leagues, he is surely going to allure bidders during the auction. Australia fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh are also in the same category of INR 2 crore.
The other two players who have the highest base price are veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn and veteran Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews. While Steyn was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore citing his age and fitness concerns, Mathews last played for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017.
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It is worth mentioning that Steyn is currently the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing second season of the Mzansi Super League. In eight T20s, Steyn has dismissed 15 batsmen at an average of 15.13, an economy rate of 7.09 and a strike rate of 12.8.
Player with base price of INR 1.5 crore
Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa is the lone Indian player with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. A mediocre IPL 2019 forced Knight Riders to end a six-year association with Uthappa last month.
South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris and England all-rounder David Willey are the only two overseas players in this list who had played IPL 2019. While Morris was released by Delhi Capitals, Willey was released by Chennai Super Kings.
The remaining six players include Australia batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Kane Richardson, England captain Eoin Morgan, opening batsman Jason Roy and all-rounder Chris Woakes and South Africa pacer Kyle Abbott.
While all these six names have played in the IPL with one or more franchises in the past, it will be interesting to know how many of them get a buyer at INR 1.5 crore.