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IPL 2021: 1097 Players have registered for the auction on February 18th

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Nothing ignites the passion in the Indian crowd the way Indian Premier League (IPL) does and in a few days time, a total of 1097 players will be hoping for the franchises to raise their banners and pick them in their sides. As confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the auction will be held on 18th February 2021 in Chennai.

1097 players have registered themselves, as confirmed by the apex Cricket board, which includes 814 Indians and 283 overseas cricketers. Among the players who registered themselves, 11 players have opted for a base price of INR 2 Crore – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Colin Ingram.

Some other notable names like Dawid Malan (World number 1 T20I batsman), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and David Willey – have opted for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore whilst Australian superstar Marnus Labuschagne confirmed his registration, also stating how excited he is to potentially be a part of the tournament. His base price is INR 1 Crore.

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It is worthwhile remembering that Sreesanth is back in the mix and is hoping for a turnaround after a life-changing debacle back in 2013. He has set a base price of INR 75 lakh and considering his recent performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, it is hard to say if he will find a buyer.

Notable absentees – Mitchell Starc and Tom Banton

One of the finest white-ball bowlers of all time, Mitchell Starc was associated with the IPL only once in 2015 and he did make his presence felt back then. However, he has remained out of the tournament in the seasons that followed despite receiving mind-boggling bids from a couple of franchises. He has decided to remain out of the tournament for this edition and has not registered himself.

While that doesn’t come as much of a surprise, young dashing batsman Tom Banton decided to spend time with Somerset in April, due to which he opted to not register himself in the auction. Banton, who was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders last season, didn’t get a fair number of chances but is expected to be a part of the tournament in the future.

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