Dhoni, Ashwin top draws

Pune, Rajkot to pick squads from a pool of 50 players today

Dhoni, Ashwin top draws
India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with his teammates Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin, among others, will be up for grabs for the two new IPL teams in the draft to be held here on Tuesday.

Sanjeev Goenka’s New Rising won the bid for the Pune franchise while Intex won the bid for Rajkot after a reverse bidding process held in Delhi on Decmber 8 to replace suspended teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the next two editions to be held in 2016 and 2017.

Also available for picking by the Twenty20 League’s two new franchises are other top international stars such as New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Australia’s Shane Watson, and current captain Steven Smith, who played for suspended IPL teams CSK and RR in the last edition earlier this year.

Pune will be given the choice to pick the players first because they were the lowest bidders (negative bids) to buy the new team for two years in the draft to be held at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s centre at the Bandra Kurla Complex.

“The two new franchises have the option to pick a maximum of five players from the draft. Those players who are unsold will be put up for being chosen at the players’ auction,” a BCCI source said.

“The trading window (for buying players left free by other franchises) also commences on December 15 and ends on December 31,” the source added.

It would be interesting to see whether India’s T20 and World Cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni still commands the sort of appeal that he generated when CSK gunned for him and won with a stunning million-dollar bid, unheard of in cricket then, in the first-ever players’ auction held in eight years ago.

It would also be interesting to note whether Rajkot guns for its home player Jadeja whose stocks have risen after he made his comeback into the Indian squad in the Test series against South Africa and shone with both ball and bat.

Draft list (Indians unless mentioned): Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Sanju Samson, Mohit Sharma, Rahul Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Eklavya Dwivedi, Deepak Hooda, Vikramjeet Malik, Mithun Manhas, Ronit More, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Ishwar Chandra Pandey, Pardeep Sahu, Dinesh Salunkhe, Barinder Singh Saran, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Pratyush Singh Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Sagar Vijay Trivedi, Dishant Yagnik, Kyle Abbott (SA), Samuel Badree (WI), Dwayne Bravo (WI), Ben Cutting (Aus), Faf Du Plessis (SA), James Faulkner (Aus), Matt Henry (NZ), Michael Hussey (Aus), Brendon McCullum (NZ), Christopher Morris (SA), Kane Richardson (Aus), Dwayne Smith (WI), Steven Smith (Aus), Tim Southee (NZ), Juan Theron (SA), Andrew Tye (Aus) and Shane Watson (Aus).

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