Huge blow for Sreesanth’s comeback plans as the veteran remains unpicked for IPL 2021 auctions


The auction for the 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place on February 18 in Chennai. Several players have registered their names for the auction, including the former Indian International and Kerala pace bowler S Sreesanth who had reportedly registered his name as well but failed to make it to the cut.

S Sreesanth Image Courtesy: Getty/Facebook(Sreesanth)

Sreesanth, who had earlier served a seven-year-long ban for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, has recently returned to the action with the Kerala team. However, he was quite hopeful of getting another chance to play in the IPL again as well.

Notably, Sreesanth has played for Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where they failed to surpass the group stages, although they had won three games out of five. He bowled 18 overs and claimed four wickets at 44.50 and giving away runs at an economy of 9.88 in five matches as well.

Meanwhile, Test player Cheteshwar Pujara and the young Arjun Tendulkar with a base price of 50 Lakhs and 20 Lakhs respectively, have found places in the final list of 292 players as well.

However, a total number of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and three players from Associate Nations have been listed for grabs in the auction. Meanwhile, INR 2 Crore is the highest base prize where Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh have listed under it. Apart from them, eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood have been listed in the slot of the highest price bracket as well.

Meanwhile, 12 players with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. are also in the auction list which also included two Indian players – Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav. Besides them, there are 11 cricketers with a base price of INR 1 crore as well.

The last year’s cash-rich league took place in the UAE in November amid the crunch situation of COVID-19 pandemic.

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