England Players will Miss Test Series against New Zealand for playing in IPL Knockout Matches!

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England cricketers who are a part of more than one format of cricket including Ben Stokes Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler are likely to Miss New Zealand Test Series in June due to a clash with IPL 2021’s playoffs.

Stokes, Buttler, and Archer are an integral part of both IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and England’s Test squad. The schedule of IPL is yet to be announced but the tournament is likely to start in the second week of April. Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings) could also be affected if their respective teams qualify for the play-offs.

With the England New Zealand two match Test series scheduled to start in the first two weeks of June, the players might miss the longest format of matches due to quarantine protocols, if their teams qualify for the playoffs. On Tuesday, the IPL through an official email which is seen by ESPNcricinfo informed the franchises about the availability of cricketers from the top countries.

“In the event of ECB Selectors wishing to select a player for the 1st Test v New Zealand whose franchise has made it through to the knockout stages of the Tournament, but who is not featuring in the starting XI, the relevant franchise is requested to release such player early so that they can participate in the Test Match,” ESPNcricinfo quoted the IPL email as saying.

Meanwhile the IPL 2021 Player Auction list was announced last week with a total of 292 cricketers available for Auction in Chennai on February 18. The league said in a media advisory that about 1,114 cricketers had registered themselves for the auction & the final list was decided after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players.

Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket.

About 12 players are in the auction list with a base price of 1.5 crores. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of Rs 1 crores. A total of 164 Indian Players, 125 overseas players, and three players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the IPL 2021 Player Auction in Chennai.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have the highest number of available slots, 13, followed by Kings XI Punjab (9), Rajasthan Royals (8), and Kolkata Knight Riders (8). Sunrisers Hyderabad (3) have the least amount of available spots.

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