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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Six Tigers in IPL auction

Six Tigers in IPL auction

The Indian Premier League on Tuesday released the final shortlist of players to go under the hammer at the player auctions set to be underway on February 20.

24 Indian players other than in-form pacer Ishant Sharma have been listed at the base price of Rs 30 lakh. Consequently, after pruning the initial list of 799 players, the franchises have settled for a final list of 351 players.

A total of 11 players -- Eoin Morgan, Angelo Matthews, Benjamin Stokes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Ishant Sharma, Chris Woakes -- have Rs 2 crore as base price.

Pathan stressed that his low base price is aimed exclusively at earning an opportunity to play.

"I don't look at IPL just to make money".

Considering they will have to put a majority of their players back into the auction in 2018, some franchise officials said they would not be too aggressive in buying players this season.

The upcoming edition of the IPL will begin on April 5, which was confirmed by the BCCI and the IPL Auction 2017 will take place on February 20 in Bengaluru at The Ritz-Carlton.

As a result, two of the biggest earners of the 2016 auction - all-rounder Pawan Negi and leg-spinner M. Ashwin - have kept their base price at a minimal Rs. 30 lakh. Also with a base price for them that is low, the franchises will surely be interested in them, which again augurs well for the prosperity of cricket. Even Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who remained unsold with a base price of Rs. 1 crore past year, has slashed it to Rs. 50 lakh.

READ: IPL 2017 Auctions: What the teams should be eyeing at the auction?

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).

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