IPL: 'Marquee Player' Stokes sets highest base price of Rs 2 crore

There were speculations whether England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be allowed to be a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions next week. But the England star, who has been charged with an ‘affray’ for bar brawl in September has been named as one of the 13 marquee players.

Last season, he was the highest pick in the auction by the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. He did impress with his performance.   -  The Hindu

There were speculations whether England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be allowed to be a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions next week. But the England star, who has been charged with an ‘affray’ for bar brawl in September has been named as one of the 13 marquee players.

While it needs to be seen if Stokes will be well accepted by the franchises, the England cricketer has set his base price at Rs 2 crore—the highest.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Stokes will go under the hammer with a huge base price.

Last season, he was the highest pick in the auction by the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant. He did impress with his performance. But with things going haywire following his involvement in the bar brawl, the dynamics have suddenly changed.

“We have to first find out if Stokes will be available for the tournament. With charges against him, it would be a big risk and the franchises must know if they would at all be getting his services,” a franchise official told Sportstar after Stokes was named as one of the marquee players.

In the past, players like Sourav Ganguly have gone unsold despite being the marquee players, so it needs to be seen which way things sway in Bengaluru.

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