IPL 2022 mega auctions will revamp the structure of all the franchise teams for the next edition of the Indian Premier League.
As the IPL Governing Council has allowed each franchise to retain a maximum of four players, most of the franchises using the provision to keep their premium players for a longer duration.
Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler are the only England players to have been retained
A total of 27 players were retained in the retention list by the eight existing teams.
Ace players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have been retained by their respective teams ahead of the mega auction in 2022.
England players like all-rounder Moeen Ali and wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler were retained by CSK and RR respectively for IPL 2022.
Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL 2021 final, was released by the franchise as they retained the West Indies duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell along with Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy.
Ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021, Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Dawid Malan (PBKS) and Chris Woakes (DC) had pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. All three players were released by their respective franchises.
Sam Curran, who picked nine wickets for CSK, before he was ruled out of the tournament owing to a lower back injury. Curran was pipped by his compatriot Moeen in CSK’s all-rounder spot in the retention list.
Jofra Archer’s availability for IPL 2022 auction remains dubious
Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Jofra Archer also were released by the franchise after they couldn’t participate in the entire season due to various injuries.
Recently, Jofra Archer is undergoing his second elbow surgery and his return to competitive cricket is an area of concern for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara had cited that Archer’s long-term injury was the reason for the team management to not retain the England speedster.
Punjab Kings duo of Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid along with Delhi Capitals pace bowlers Chris Woakes and Tom Curran are the other released players from England.
The IPL 2022 mega auction has the potential to break the records for viewership and also in terms of purchasing the players.
According to media reports, the IPL Governing Council is likely to conduct the IPL 2022 mega auction in the first half of February. The auction will take place in two days in the city of Bengaluru and Hyderabad given the number of players that will go under the hammer.
List of England players to be available for IPL 2022 auction: Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer (doubtful).
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