England all-rounder Moeen Ali will be playing for CSK now as CSK outbid the Punjab Kings and bought the player for 7 Cr at the IPL auction today. Prior to this, Punjab Kings also lost bidding to KKR for all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for 3.2 Cr. Piyush Chawla SOLD to Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.40 Cr. Umesh Yadav sold for Rs 1 cr to Delhi Capitals.
Jhye Richardson SOLD to Punjab Kings for Rs 14 cr. The IPL “mini-auction” this year has 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the end moment. All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations are up for grabs in the mini-auction.
Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood chose to be slotted in the highest bracket.
However, Harbhajan Singh goes unsold.
However, right on the eve of the auction, England pacer Wood decided to withdraw his name in order to spend time with his family, reported ESPNcricinfo.
12 players are on the auction list with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of Rs 1 crore.