Eoin MorganEngland’s white ball captain, was not sold at the IPL mega-auction in Bengaluru, but there were a few multimillionaires among the English contingentas well as offers for Alex Hales and Benny Howeltwo players currently outside the international setup.
The big signings of Liam Livingstonefor 1.125 million GBP (1.53 million USD) by Punjab Kings, and Jofra Archerfor 783,000 GBP (1.06 million USD) from the Mumbai Indians – the latter despite not being able to play this season – made headlines on the second day of the auction, following successful bids for Mark Wood (GBP 734,000 to Lucknow Super Giants), Jonny Bairstow (GBP 660,000 for Punjab Kings) and Jason Roy (£197,000 to the Gujarat Titans) on Saturday.
Overall, there were contracts for 11 England-qualified players over the two-day event, bringing the total to 13 at IPL 2022, with Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali having already been retained by their franchises.
Among those to miss, Morgan and Dawid Malan, currently the ICC’s No. 5 ranked hitter in the T20Is, was the most prominent. Morgan captained the Kolkata Knight Riders until the final of last year’s competition but has averaged 18.13 with a T20 completion rate of 118.13 since the start of last year .
In a somewhat ironic twist, Hales, the prolific top hitter whose England career has been on hold since 2019 due to what Morgan called “trust issues”, has been snapped up by KKR for £147,000.
Somewhere else, Mills of Tymal won a return to the IPL five years after being bought for £1.4million at auction, this time won by Mumbai Indians at their base price of £147,000. He could end up playing alongside Archer, although that’s unlikely to happen this year with Mumbai quickly signing the injured as a long-term investment. The involvement of Mahela Jayawardene, the Mumbai head coach who also works with the two Southern Brave in the Hundred players, proved to be key.
“Jofra is a player that Mahela made her first professional debut with. So happy to have them together,” Mumbai owner Akash Ambani said. “Although it will be next year, but very happy to have a lethal combination. Tymal has been a lethal death thrower. Mahela trains him in the Hundred and he managed not to get injured.”
There were also offers at the end of the day for Billings Samwhich will make KKR its third IPL franchise, chris jordanjoining his fourth team at Chennai Super Kings, and David Willy, which went to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last accelerated round. Howell, the Gloucestershire slower ball specialist who is currently is enjoying a productive season in the Bangladesh Premier Leaguewon a salary of GBP 39,000 with the Punjab Kings.
A number of top England players – including Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes – had decided against getting into the mega-action, but there were still 24 potentially on the block. Adil Rashid, Reece Topley and Laurie Evans were among those who failed to attract offers, while several other names failed to come out of the hat.
Players qualified for England at IPL 2022: Moeen Ali* (Chennai Super Kings), Jofra Archer (Mumbai Indians), Jonny Bairstow (Punjab Kings), Jos Buttler* (Rajasthan Royals), Sam Billings (Kolkata Knight Riders), Alex Hales (Kolkata Knight Riders), Benny Howell ( Punjab Kings), Chris Jordan (Chennai Super Kings) Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings), Tymal Mills (Mumbai Indians), Jason Roy (Gujarat Titans) David Willey (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mark Wood (Lucknow Super Giants)