Local boy and India off-spinner Ashwin has been one of the key players for CSK over the years and will be one of the first names to come up in the auction when they take place.
“As I have said it is always a tough call (on who to retain). With Ashwin, you know we had done the same thing in the past. We will definitely go for him (Ashwin) in the auction. Ashwin definitely being a local lad, we want a lot of local players to be part of CSK,” the former India skipper said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Friday.
“We have two right-to-match options but having already retained three capped Indians, don’t think we can use it. We will have to buy him out in the auction. As of now, it is tough to say, we will get him or him or him. Ashwin will come first in the auction for us. But we will have to wait and watch. We will try to get him,” he added.
Ashwin meanwhile will be itching to show his Twenty20 prowess once again after missing out on limited-overs action with the Indian team.
The emergence of wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has seen them being favoured over the more experienced spin duo in ODIs and T20Is for India over the past year or so.
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff doesn’t expect the Indian Premier League to enhance Test captain Joe Root’s game or leadership and said while players come up with various reasons for their decision to play in the IPL, ultimately it’s all about the money.
“Players who go to IPL will come up with a lot of reasons for why they want to go – it’ll enhance their game, they’ll play with all these players from around the world. But essentially we all know why they’re going,” Flintoff told Sport360°, speaking in his role as an ambassador at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“You’re earning good money but don’t hide behind it. It’s a short career and players want to make money while they can. Joe didn’t go two or three years ago because he was concentrating on England. He’s done that now and now he fancies a crack at the IPL.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss had earlier urged Root to not play in India’s premier T20 tournament and instead preserve himself for tougher assignments ahead, which include series against India and Pakistan on home soil this summer.
But Root has put his name in the hat for the players’ auction which will take place on January 27-28. According to Bayliss, the 27-year-old doesn’t want to miss out on T20 cricket anymore and ‘fall behind’ in the shortest format.
Having seen international colleague Ben Stokes land a lucrative $2.1m (Dh7.7m) deal last year with Rising Pune Supergiant, Flintoff says it is understandable Root also wants to cash in.
Indeed, Flintoff feels the batsman has earned the right to play in the IPL, even if he doesn’t feel it will necessarily improve him as an all-round cricketer and skipper.
“I don’t know if the IPL will make him a better captain or player, I think he’ll become a richer player,” Flintoff said.
“He’s missed out in recent years because he’s been concentrating on England. The IPL, the Big Bash, all these tournaments, they’re rewards for playing well at international level and Joe’s done that.”
Whenever the IPL makes a move, the cricketing world stops in its track. The T20 league is back with an even bigger edition after its broadcast rights were sold for $2.5 billion, allowing for a 20 per cent surge in players’ salary pool with $12m being distributed for each team.
Now more than 1,100 players from 13 countries including India go into the auction pool and will know their fate on January 27-28 when the teams, having already picked the players they want to retain, bid for their services.
With some of the biggest names in Indian and international cricket queuing up to get a piece of the IPL pie, we look at five ‘special’ international players hoping to make their IPL debut this season.
The England Test captain has expressed his desire to test his mettle in the premier T20 tournament as he feels he is falling behind the likes of Kohli and Steven Smith in the race to be the best all-format all-condition batsman. After his match-winning 91 not out against the Aussies in the first ODI in Melbourne, it will be interesting to see how many teams line up for his signature even though he doesn’t come across as the most dynamic T20 player.
Staggering number of hopefuls. Shows the appeal (and lucre) of IPL which even Joe Root can’t resist. And why should he? https://t.co/EUwnKxdG2J
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 13, 2018
The West Indies southpaw has been labelled as the upgraded version of Chris Gayle. Lewis has reached three figures twice against India in T20s, even though his maiden ton in 2016 wasn’t enough for an IPL call-up. However, his whirlwind 125 not out in a T20 against the Indians off 62 balls in July and a superlative 176 off 130 balls during an ODI in England in September should make the marauding batsman an extremely attractive option.
— ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2017
The Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman is ideal for the shortest format. He is a reliable gloveman and his batting is innovative and fearless, with a strike rate of 140 in 42 T20s. And, his form hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Indians who played against the Islanders for back-to-back full series home and away within a matter of months late last year.
Dickwella should attract a lot of interest https://t.co/wOV8TkoSbb
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 13, 2018
IPL franchises always keep an eye out for Aussie talent and Short is as exciting as they come. Even though he has a base price of just $40,000, expect some fierce bidding for him after the 27-year-old smashed a Big Bash League record 122 from 69 balls for Hobart Hurricanes this month. After 15 T20s, Short is averaging 43 with a strike rate of nearly 160. Add to it the fact he is a left-hander and the Aussie looks set for a giant leap in not only franchise but also international cricket.
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 10, 2018
One of the most exciting all-round youngsters to emerge last season, Jofra is another ridiculously talented cricketer from the Caribbean. Though born in Barbados, Archer aims to one day play for England. In the meantime, Archer is making everyone take notice of his 90mph plus thunderbolts and superb fielding in the Big Bash League. What’s more, he averages 37 with the bat in 20 first-class games for Sussex with six fifties to his name. Just watch the video of his caught and bowled off Ben Cutting in BBL. It is one of the most sensational pieces of cricket you will see.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 10, 2018