Ben Stokes has had a “complete carnage” of a week, first becoming vice-captain of his country; and then five days later landing the big bucks and becoming the IPL’s most expensive overseas player. Not a bad week for a certain Ben Stokes. Not a bad week for the England Cricket team in fact.
England have officially landed in the Indian Premier League. A whole host of England players were given the green light to participate in this year’s IPL and the franchises snapped them up.
All-rounder Ben Stokes is set to become the IPL’s most expensive overseas player after Rising Pune Supergiants shelled out £1.7M for his services. With five of the eight franchises enthralled into a bidding war for his services, it was last year’s bottom ranked side Pune who opted to pay seven times his base price.
Only Yuvraj Singh is ahead of him as the biggest IPL auction sale after he was bought for 16 crores (£1.9M) by Delhi Daredevils back in 2015.
Previous England superstars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff secured eye-watering numbers back in 2009 when they were secured for £1.2M each.
The franchises weren’t done there with the English imports as another surprise came in the store of Tymal Mills who went for £1.4M to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having only played 4 International T20’s to date Tymal Mills launches himself in the top ten of the top-paid cricketers for this year’s IPL.
T20 specialist Tymal Mills finished up on£1.4M from a reserve price of £60,000 will now earn more than new team-mates AB DeVilliers and Chris Gayle at this year’s IPL.
England one-day skipper Eion Morgan moved to Kings XI Punjab from Sunrisers Hyderbad for £240,066. Skipper, Morgan will likely return after four weeks, in time for the one-day series with Ireland as the side gear towards the Champions Trophy this summer.
International team-mates Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Jason Roy were also picked up however batsmen Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow went unsold. This means there will be eight current England players in this year’s IPL with Jos Buttler and Sam Billings already having deals from last year.
A first IPL contract for Woakes sees him sign with 2012 and ’14 champions Kolkata Knight Riders for £504,140 after beating off competition from Sunrisers Hyderbad. Chris Jordan moved from Royal Challengers Bangalore to defending champions Sunrisers Hyderbad for £60,000.
Jason Roy also gets his first contract after launching himself as one of the most exciting openers of recent times with great stints with both Sydney Sixers and Thunder in the Big Bash and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League earning him a contract with Gujarat Lions for £120,000. He did however go unsold in the first round of the auction before being picked up second time round.
The IPL starts on the 5th of April with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderbad kicking off against Royal Challengers Bangalore with the final set for 21st of May. Coverage will be aired by Sky Sports for viewers in the UK.