16 English players enter the 2021 IPL Auction

Next Thursday the annual IPL auction will take place in Chennai, with teams filling their rosters for the season ahead.


For some England players, their destination is already known.


Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes were all retained by their 2020 IPL teams. However, 16 other English players have thrown their name into the ring:


10 of the 16 players have previous IPL experience, while 6 players will be looking to make their debut in the competition.


Here is a full list of the players who have made themselves available for the auction:


Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Ben Duckett, Liam Plunkett, Nayan Doshi, Lewis Gregory, Reece Topley, George Garton and Ravi Bopara.


Of all those players only two are uncapped at international level for England (Garton and Doshi). Nayan Doshi is quite an interesting case, at the age of 42 he'll be the oldest entrant in the 2021 IPL auction. He also hasn't played competitive cricket since 2012/13 and hasn't appeared in the IPL since 2011. He is the longest of long shots to make a lineup.


Dawid Malan will be hoping to finally break his IPL duck. The ICC #1 ranked T20 batsmen has played in pretty much every franchise league in the world, but he's never appeared in the premier competition. You have to imagine that someone will give him a chance, it's just unfortunate that the T20 international series between England and India will take place after the auction.


Tom Curran experienced a difficult year with the Royals in 2020 and it came as no surprise to hear that Rajasthan were declining to retain him, however, it wouldn't shock me to see him picked up by another franchise.


You'll notice that Joe Root and Tom Banton have not made themselves available. Banton is a little surprising considering most believe him to be an upcoming white-ball specialist, but he did have a difficult year with Kolkata in 2020, barely playing on a team that was captained in the second half by his international teammate Eoin Morgan.


Alex Hales is coming off a superb BBL season where he was the leading run-scorer, so you have to imagine that he will get picked up by one of the franchises, his off the field behaviour which has led to his expulsion from the international set-up may be the only drawback to any franchise looking to take a chance on him.

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