The International Premier League (IPL) is the richest T20 premier league in the world and the 2017 player auction is scheduled to take place in just a few days on Feb 20. As many as 351 players will be put up for auction and the franchises will get into a bidding war to secure the players they think are the best choice for helping them win the IPL 2017 Championship.
The auction can turn out to be a strange and stressful event for many players as it is hard to predict who will receive the highest bid, who will receive an average bid and who will be left out. IPL fans have seen this over the years when franchises like the Delhi Daredevils paid 8.5 crore rupees for a player who most people did not even recognize – Pawan Negi and certainly did not repay the Daredevils for their hefty purchase during the 2016 competition. This year, Negi has listed his base price at just 30 lakhs.
Former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin listed his base price at 1.5 crores in 2016 was not bought by anyone and has once again thrown his name in the 2017 auction for the same base price. While it is hard to predict what exactly the franchises will do during the auction, there are a few players who could be bought for large sums of money.
Ben Stokes: Stokes has proven that he can do it with both bat and ball in all formats of the game. He will definitely be on the radar of all franchises and could attract one of the highest prices.
Colin Munro: The New Zealand left hand batsman hit a fifty last year in just 14, making it the second fastest fifty in the world. He has listed himself at a base price of just 50 lakhs.
Sam Billings: The young English batsman has impressed everyone with his T20 exploits and his recent exposure to the sub-continent during the England vs. India series would have kept his name in the spotlight.
Tymal Mills: The left arm English quick was also part of the England vs. India series and impressed everyone with his pace, slower balls and ability to bowl economically.
Darren Sammy: The West Indian all-rounder has successfully led his side to two T20 world-cups and is a hard hitting batsman who can also send down a couple of overs. While he has not been part of the Windies T20 line-up, he is a valuable asset.
Aaron Finch: The former Australian T20 captain was not only sacked from the captaincy but also dropped from the ODI side based on his poor form. If a franchise decides to back Finch as their overseas opener, they could end up paying top dollar for the Aussie.
Shakib al Hasan: The Bangladeshi all-rounder is the biggest cricketing star in Bangladesh and could be bought for a high price as he can not only hit the ball out of the ground but send down a few tight overs.