Big News for IPL fans; T20 WC winning English All-rounder registers himself for IPL Auction
The mini-auction for the Indian Premier League is all set to take place on December 23 in Kochi. Following an exciting season in 2022, all ten teams are preparing for the upcoming season in 2023. Thus, the franchises are building the best possible squad that can perform well in the next edition.
Some teams have already taken some big decisions, like MI, which released Kieron Pollard, and SRH, which released their skipper Kane Williamson. To note, all the franchises will be given an increased purse value of INR 95 crore, which is 5 crore more than the previous value.
So with increased money, every team would like to pick the best players for their team. And with the auction just a month away, the biggest news for IPL fans has also come out. The star English all-rounder, who helped England win the T20 World Cup in 2022, has also registered himself for the IPL auction.
Ben Stokes has also registered for the upcoming auction, which is great news for all ten franchises that had expressed interest in signing him. The report from The Guardian suggests his availability for the upcoming auction.
Stokes played a crucial role in England's World Cup triumph, especially when his team needed him the most. He played a match-winning knock against Pakistan in the final in a tricky chase and stayed not out till the very end on 52 off 49 balls.
As the all-rounder has retired from the ODI format, he won't be part of the English set-up for the next ODI World Cup in India during October and November. And with England not playing many T20 games next year because of the ODI World Cup, Stokes will be available for the next edition of the IPL.
The all-rounder was part of the Rajasthan Royals before being released in 2021. He was in a deal for INR 12.5 crore with the franchises. On the other hand, he skipped the IPL 2022 during his four-month break from cricket.
However, it will be a big task for him if he plays for any one of the franchises. As the IPL is scheduled between March 25 and May 28, and just four days after, England will host Ireland for a one-off test at Lord's.