Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan have opted for the 2nd-highest bracket at IPL auction. | Photo - IPL | Photograph:( Others )
Here is a look at the 20 players who have opted for the base price of Rs 1.5 crore (INR 15 million) ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
A staggering 1214 players have registered for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega player auction which is all set to take place in Bengaluru next month. Not eight but ten teams will be part of the auction process this time around after the inclusion of two new teams - Lucknow and Ahmedabad for the next edition of the tournament. All ten teams will be aiming to build strong squads almost from scratch ahead of the new season.
While the existing eight teams had the option of retaining a maximum of four players each, the two new teams - Lucknow and Ahmedabad were allowed to pick three players each from the pool of non-retained ones. A number of top players are still in the fray to be picked by the ten teams after entering the mega auction. There are a total of five brackets that have been set by the BCCI for the players and a capped can put his name in any of the brackets.
The five brackets for the players are Rs 2 crore (INR 20 million), Rs 1.5 crore (INR 15 million), Rs 1 crore (INR 10 million), Rs 50 lakh (INR 5 million) and Rs 20 lakh (INR 2 million). While a total of 49 players, including Indians and overseas, opted for the top bracket with the base price of Rs 2 crore, 20 players have opted for the second-highest bracket of Rs 1.5 crore (INR 15 million).
Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan, star England batter Jonny Bairstow and Shimron Hetmyer are some of the prominent names in the Rs 1.5 crore category. The likes of Dawid Malan, Jimmy Neesham, Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran have also opted for the second-highest bracket ahead of the mega auction.
Here is the complete list of players under the Rs 1.5 crore (INR 15 million) bracket ahead of IPL mega auction:
Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Washington Sundar, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran.
The IPL 2022 mega auction is all set to take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. The complete list of 1214 players will be presented to the ten franchises and will be trimmed down after the franchises have shortlisted the players they would want to see going under the hammer at the mega auction.