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IPL 2022 auction may see big buys other than marquee comprising Ashwin, Iyer, Warner, Ashwin, du Plessis, Shami

West Indies' allrounder Odean Smith, who had originally listed his base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore in the auction longlist, has now cut it down to Rs 1 crore; The batsman from Tamil Nadu, Shahrukh Khan, who has been added to India's squad for the T20I series against West Indies as a standby, features among the first round of uncapped players

Ten players — R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Pat Cummins, Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammed Shami and David Warner — will be part of the marquee set that will ring in the 2022 IPL mega auction. It’s a two-day event this time, scheduled on 12 and 13 February in Bengaluru.

The IPL has sent out its final auction list, which has been halved from the original longlist of 1,214 players to a curtailed version on the basis of the wishlists of the 10 franchises, comprising 590 players. This final list includes 44 new names that were registered in the auction pool upon the request of the franchises.

IPL 2022 auction: Archer enters but unlikely this season

One of the 44 new names happens to be England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer who is in the final stages of his recovery from elbow surgery, the ECB recently said, with a planned return to all cricket in June. In the sent to franchises today, the IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin said that Archer would be part of the accelerated set of players, which will commence from the 161st player.

Amin said the ECB had made it clear that Archer was “unlikely” to play in IPL 2022 and if any franchise picked him and he did not turn up, they would find it near-impossible to replace him. “The ECB has registered Jofra Archer for the auction with a view to potential participation in 2023 and 2024, as due to his current it is unlikely that he can participate in IPL 2022,” Amin said. “Therefore, his name has been included in the auction list, but he will not feature in the marquee or other sets to be presented. He will be available to be roped in during the accelerated auction and whoever picks him will not get a replacement player for IPL 2022 season for his place as he is already injured and unlikely to participate in IPL 2022 season.”

Of the 590 of the 10 franchises, there are 228 capped players, 355 uncapped, and seven from Associate countries. Following the marquee players, the auction will alternate between groups of capped and uncapped players. The order will be batsmen, allrounders, wicketkeeper-batsmen, fast bowlers and spin bowlers.

There are several players in the first round, both capped and uncapped, who might end up being among the biggest buys in this auction. This includes the India wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who decided to enter the auction despite both the new IPL teams Lucknow Supergiants and the Ahmedabad team that have expressed, sources said, strong interest in acquiring him pre-auction.

Other key names in this first round of capped players are Harshal Patel, IPL 2021’s highest wicket-taker, Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, the player of the World Cup final, West Indies white-ball vice-captain Nicholas Pooran, young India opener Devdutt Padikkal, and allrounder Jason Holder, who this week set records in the T20I series against England including becoming the first West Indies player to bag a hat-trick in the format.

There are also experienced hands and stars in the first round including India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, former West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo, and former India allrounder Suresh Raina.

Another player who may attract attention is the 18-year-old Dewald Brevis who recently made headlines with his batting exploits for South at the Under-19 World Cup. He is currently the tournament’s leading run-getter, with 368 runs from five matches at an average of 73.60, and a six-hitter, having cleared the rope 11 times. As many as 65, 104, 96 and 97 runs in his first four innings made him the first South Africa batsman to make four successive 50-plus scores at an Under-19 World Cup. He has also bowled 30.5 overs of leg spin, picking up seven wickets, the second-most for South Africa.

Brevis aka “Baby AB” has attracted several franchises that said that his fluent technique made him a good buy with an eye on the future.

Odean Smith cuts, Shahrukh increases base price

West Indies’ allrounder Odean Smith, who had originally listed his base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore in the auction longlist, has now cut it down to Rs 1 crore. The 25-year-old big-hitting allrounder made a splash in the CPL and more recently in the T10 league and in T20Is for West Indies. He was a net bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders last season along with left-arm finger spinner Akeal Hosein but is yet to make it to an IPL franchise’s main squad.

The batsman from Tamil Nadu, Shahrukh Khan, who has been added to India’s squad for the T20I series against West Indies as a standby, features among the first round of uncapped players, which will start from the 55th player. Shahrukh, tall and muscular, is rated by IPL franchises as one of the most powerful finishers in domestic cricket and is likely to be one of the biggest buys in the uncapped category.

Khan has increased his base price from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, after having reportedly rejected a deal from his previous franchise Punjab Kings. Shahrukh muscled Tamil Nadu to the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title earlier this year with a last-ball six in the final and also impressed during the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy that followed.

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