England all-rounder Ben Stokes is expected to be the most sought after player in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction which is scheduled for Saturday.
Stokes, though, might have to sacrifice some portion of his pay from his central contract with England when he plays in the cash-rich T20 franchise league.
According to a report in The Telegraph, England players who will play in the IPL stand to lose around £3,500 [around AED 16200] per day from their central contracts with Stokes expected to lose more than £100,000 [around AED 463,000] over the course of the tournament.
Many experts are of the belief that Stokes could fetch a price in excess of £600,000 [around AED 2,778,550] at the auction.
There is expected to be a bidding war for the 25-year-old with various reports suggesting that India captain Virat Kohli wants Stokes to be bought by his franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
With Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) losing the services of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell to a ban over a doping-code violation, they also might be interested in bidding for Stokes.
Other English players expected to be part of the IPL auction are limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Tymal Mills and Kevin Pietersen.
Andre Russell's ban means that Ben Stokes will earn a higher bid at the auction. KKR, RCB & MI in the market for big hitting all rounder.— Clive (@vanillawallah) January 31, 2017
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