Root lines up for first IPL

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Eng­land Test skip­per and star bats­man Joe Root is among 282 for­eign play­ers look­ing to play in this year’s big-pay­ing In­dian Premier League, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The player auc­tion for the 11th IPL Twenty20 tour­na­ment is set for Jan­uary 27-28 in Ban­ga­lore, the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said.

Some 1,122 play­ers will be on the auc­tion block for the eight teams.

“The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL fran­chises has 281 capped play­ers, 838 un­capped play­ers, in­clud­ing 778 In­di­ans and three play­ers from the as­so­ciate na­tions,” said a BCCI re­lease.

It pre­dicted “a fierce bid­ding war” for In­dian stars Gautam Gamb­hir and Yu­vraj Singh, with spin­ners Ravichan­dran Ash­win, Harb­ha­jan Singh, Ajinkya Ra­hane, Kuldeep Yadav and open­ers Lokesh Rahul and Mu­rali Vi­jay also go­ing un­der the ham­mer.

For­eign stars will in­clude Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Eoin Mor­gan, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cum­mins.

While Root is a new IPL en­trant, Eng­land stars like Stokes and lim­ited-overs cap­tain Mor­gan will be in run­ning to hit the jack­pot.

Eng­land all­rounder Stokes, who missed the Ashes af­ter be­ing sus­pended for a pub brawl, was signed for a record $2.16m by Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giant last year.

In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli will pick up the IPL’s largest-ever salary — $2.7 mil­lion — in this year’s tour­na­ment af­ter his team Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore re­tained the star player.

Ready for a change: Joe Root.

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