The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST -

High­est re­serve prices for over­seas play­ers at the In­dian Pre­mier League auc­tion, sched­uled for Jan­uary 27-28: 2 crore ru­pees (NZ$434,000): Corey An­der­son, Bren­don Mc­Cul­lum (New Zealand), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Pat Cum­mins, James Faulkner, Josh Ha­zle­wood, Mitchell John­son, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Mar­cus Stoi­nis, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White (Aus­tralia), Eoin Mor­gan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Wil­ley, Chris Woakes (Eng­land), Quin­ton de Kock, Colin In­gram (South Africa), An­gelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pol­lard (West Indies). Other top NZ­ers: 1.5 crore (NZ$325,500): Trent Boult, Kane Williamson. 1 crore (NZ$217,000): Mitchell Mc­Cle­naghan, Tim Southee. last year to pur­sue a T20 ca­reer.

The names of the other New Zealand IPL hope­fuls won’t be made pub­lic un­til the eight fran­chises scan the huge list of 1122 play­ers to en­ter the auc­tion. The only morsel in the IPL’s re­lease was con­fir­ma­tion that Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham had en­tered the auc­tion.

Munro played in the 2016 IPL but wasn’t picked up at last year’s auc­tion. On cur­rent form, af­ter be­com­ing the first man to score three T20 in­ter­na­tional cen­turies with a whirl­wind 47-ball ef­fort against West Indies in Tau­ranga, the left­hander is sure to be sought af­ter and his price could sky­rocket. Munro and legspin­ner Ish Sodhi – seek­ing his first IPL con­tract – were named the world’s top bats­man and bowler in T20 in­ter­na­tion­als af­ter the West Indies sweep.

An­other in the run­ning for his first IPL con­tract is wick­et­keeper/bats­man Glenn Phillips af­ter cut­ting his teeth in the Caribbean Pre­mier League and im­press­ing for the T20 side in Nel­son. Fast bowler Lockie Fer­gu­son, who made an im­pres­sive IPL de­but for Pune last year, and all­rounder Colin de Grand­homme should also be sought af­ter.

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