Australian stars set to cash in on IPL deals

The Northern Star - - SPORT - — Rus­sell Gould

CRICKET: The bid­ding will start at just un­der $400,000 for nine Australian stars in­clud­ing ex­iled bats­man Glenn Max­well who were listed at the max­i­mum re­serve price for this year’s In­dian Premier League Auc­tion.

Australian cap­tain Steve Smith and opener David Warner were al­ready re­tained by their fran­chises and are set to make more than $2 mil­lion for the beefed-up ver­sion of the Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion in April.

Backed by a record $3.2 bil­lion TV deal, the IPL salary cap has in­creased to $16 mil­lion per team and the best Aussie play­ers are set to cash in.

That in­cludes in­jured slug­ger Chris Lynn, for­mer Test quick Mitchell John­son, pace spear­heads Mitch Starc and Josh Ha­zle­wood, and vet­eran Cameron White has been re-called to the Australian one-day squad, who are all listed as hav­ing the max­i­mum re­serve price.

They are among 1122 play­ers who have nom­i­nated for the auc­tion, although that num­ber will be culled when the eight fran­chises sub­mit their lists of pre­ferred play­ers be­fore the two-day auc­tion on Jan­uary 27 and 28.

An­other nine Aus­tralians, in­clud­ing star spin­ner Nathan Lyon, are on the next rung down, with re­serve prices for their ser­vices set at just un­der $300,000.

A near full com­pli­ment of Aus­tralia’s best play­ers are en­ter­ing the auc­tion, mi­nus just in­jured play­ers and Test all-rounder Mitch Marsh who has opted to spend his win­ter play­ing county cricket for Sur­rey ahead of the 2019 Ashes and World Cup in the UK.

Aus­tralia’s only cricket com­mit­ments through win­ter are a five-game one-day se­ries in Eng­land, and then Tests against Pak­istan in the UAE in Au­gust.

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