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Samuels among players attracting highest base price for IPL auction

• BANGALORE


West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels is among 31 players who have attracted the highest base price for the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction next month.

Samuels is on a list that also includes Australians Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith, attracting the top base price of Rs 20 million (US$320,000) for the auction in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.

The 31 players are part of the 232-strong auction list of capped players from ten countries, which was finalised by the IPL last week and distributed to the eight franchises.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is among the overseas players missing from that list, as well as the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal, Australia’s Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh, and England’s Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.

New Zealand cricket’s new sensation Corey Anderson tops the list of newcomers to the IPL.

According to the new IPL player regulations, it has been decided that all players will be paid in Indian rupees from this year.

—CMC 

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