Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, which has been tipped to create ripples in the auction room, will be available only for IPL 2024 from the first week of May, according to the BCCI notice to the teams. Hazlewood, who played an integral role in Australia’s recent ODI World Cup victory, will be away in March and April as the pacer and his wife are expecting their first child.
Hazlewood, who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been placed in the top-of-the-line Rs 2 crore base price category in the player auction to be held in Dubai on Tuesday.
But a report in ESPNCricinfo said that all the other Australian players including the World Cup hero Travis Head will be available for the entire duration of the IPL.
Experienced Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman will only be available in the period between 22 March and 11 May.
Fast bowlers though Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam will be unavailable for next year’s IPL as they are expected to feature in the Bangladesh XI in the home series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe between March and April.
Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasarangawhich was released by RCB, and pacer Dushmantha Chameerawho were released by Lucknow Super Giants, will be available during the IPL as they are not in the island nation’s Test schedule.
The other Lankan players who are part of the Test squad will be available after the series against Bangladesh, which ends on April 3, if they are bought in the auction.
However, a young English leg-spinner Rehan Ahmedwhich has a base price of Rs 50 lakh, has withdrawn from the auction.
The 19-year-old will fly home after the five-match Test series against India.
Other England players in the IPL will be closely monitored by ECB chief executive Rob Key in view of the T20 World Cup starting in the West Indies and USA immediately after IPL 2024.
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