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IPL Auction: Ishant Sharma, Ben Stokes and Eion Morgan get Rs 2 crore base price

Ishant Sharma, Ben Stokes and Eion Morgan

New Delhi: As many as seven cricketers, including Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, have their base price as Rs 2 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction to be held on February 20 in Bangalore, it was announced yesterday. A total of 351 players will go under the hammer.

Others in the highest base price bracket are Englishmen Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes; Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins; and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, IPL's website said. A maximum of 76 players, including 28 overseas, can be bought at the auction.

Stokes, Morgan and Woakes were crucial members of the English team which lost the 2016 World T20 final to the West Indies.

Players in the Rs 1.5 crore bracket are New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and West Indian Jason Holder can be interesting picks for the franchises.

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