BBC UK – England all-rounder Ben Stokes sold for almost £1.4m in the Indian Premier League auction but Test captain Joe Root went unsold in the first round of bidding.

Summary

  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes sold for almost £1.4m in the Indian Premier League auction but Test captain Joe Root went unsold in the first round of bidding.
  • Stokes, who claimed the most valuable player award last year following a record £1.7m contract with Rising Pune Supergiant, has joined Rajasthan Royals.
  • He will line up alongside Australia captain Steve Smith (£1.38m) who has been retained for the Royals, but Root was one of two players to go unsold in the early rounds of bidding – the other being West Indies’ Chris Gayle.
  • Eighteen players have already been retained by the teams, including India captain Kohli, former skipper MS Dhoni and South Africa batsman AB De Villiers.
  • Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc (£1.04m) and big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn (£1.06m) attracted big bids while England one-day opener Jason Roy was bought for £165,000 by Delhi Daredevils.


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