A total of 292 cricketers, shortlisted from the initial list of 1,114 players, have been picked to go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, scheduled to be held on February 18 in Chennai.

The IPL 2021 mini auction will start from 3 pm IST.

“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 & Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket,” BCCI’s statement said.

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“A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and 3 players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the VIVO IPL 2021 Player Auction in Chennai,” it said.

At 13, Royal Challengers Bangalore has highest number of available slots, while Sunrisers has only three vacancies.

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Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) goes into the auction with the highest purse (Rs 53.1 crore) as it has released some big players like Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell. On the other hand, Hyderabad can spend a little less than Rs 11 crore. CSK will have an interesting auction with a Rs 22.7-crore purse and seven slots to fill.

Both Harbhajan and Jadhav were released by Chennai Super Kings this year. Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, a left-arm fast bowler, has also been included in the shortlisted list, in the lowest base price category of Rs 20 lakh.

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