Twenty Kiwi cricketers have thrown their names into this year’s Indian Premier League auction mix, including Firebird champions Finn Allen and Devon Conway.
Fifteen of the twenty New Zealanders have reportedly set their holding price at NZ$95,000 – including Adam Milne, Glenn Phillips, Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, Neil Wagner, and Ish Sodhi. Entered at the minimum price alongside Allen is uncapped Central Stages hitter Josh Clarkson.
A total of ten internationals have reportedly entered their names at the maximum reserve price of NZ$380,000 – including Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh (both from India), Australians Steve Smith and Glen Maxwell, Englishmen Mark Wood and Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Shakib Al Hasan, Liam Plunkett, and Moeen Ali.
Five Black Caps were retained by their individual IPL sides. They are: Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Trent Boult, and Kane Williamson. Seifert and Ferguson are both with the Brendon McCullum-coached Kolkata Knight Riders, while Santner players for Chennai Super Kings, which squad is also coached by a former Black Caps skipper, Stephen Fleming. Williamson plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Trent Boult for the Mumbai Indians.
Friday saw the list of 1097 cricketers reduced down to 292 IPL hopefuls. There are only 61 available slots remaining to be filled by the 8 Indian Premier League franchises – including only 22 overseas players.
As for New Zealand inclusions, the majority of the interest is bound to revolve around 2020 rookie Kyle Jamieson, who last year had a dream start in test cricket. He’s announced himself as a power hitting allrounder for inclusion.
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