Could England's Ben Stokes be IPL 2017's next auctioned millionaire?

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place. All eyes will be on career auctioneer Richard Madley, popularly referred to in cricket circles as the "Hammerman" as he presides over bids and bargains initiated by eight participating IPL franchisees. According to The Guardian, this year's auction will attract more interest as eight England cricketers -- Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills are among the 351 players who have placed themselves up for auction among the eight franchises that will take part in the seven-week-long tournament that begins from April 5. Madley, who has been involved with the IPL auctions since 2008, has acquired a huge reputation for improving the incomes of cricketers the world over, and speculation is rife that Stokes may end up being the next new IPL cricketer millionaire. Fifty-nine-year-old Madley will be taking part in his 10th IPL auction, and with an expected television audience of more than 100 million, he could end up providing a massive income boost for 28 of the 121 overseas players that will make the grade. All-rounders Stokes and Woakes are in the highest bracket of Rs.2 crores, as is Eion Morgan. Jonny Bairstow will start at Rs. 1.5 crore, while Alex Hales and his international opening partner Roy both begin at Rs. 1 crore. Stokes'reputation has soared during England's winter tour of India, and the best-placed Englishman after him is probably Twenty20 specialist Mills, who comes in with a reserve price of Rs.50 lakh. (ANI)
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