The fate of the several Indian and international cricketers will be decided on February 18, the IPL auction day. While many experts are of the opinion that someone like a Glenn Maxwell or Chris Morris can become the most expensive player, Ashish Nehra believes that Shakib al Hasan may draw the biggest bid.
“Again, one more IPL auction and plenty of big names, but one name, which according to me is right on top – can be the most expensive player of this IPL auction – is Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan (former captain). He can give balance to any IPL team in any T20,” Nehra said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected - Auction Special.
Contrary to Nehra, the cricketer turned commentator, Akash Chopra believes that I’ll be Glenn Maxwell who will emerge as the most expensive player despite his dismal performance in the previous edition.
“I feel that Glenn Maxwell, yes, Glenn Maxwell, once again, will be the most expensive buy in this mini auction. It might be mini for a lot of people, but it will be max for Maxwell,” Chopra said.
A total of 262 players, including 125 overseas players will be up for the grabs in the auction. Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav are the only Indians in the 2 crore bracket, the highest price category, along with Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy & Mark Wood. Eight franchise will spend 191.6 crore for filling up the 61 slots.