England pacer and former Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Jofra Archer has entered the IPL 2022 mega auction, which will take place on February 12 & 13 in Bengaluru, the BCCI confirmed.
He will be available to play from the 2023 season onwards. As expected, Archer has set his base price at INR 2 crores. He is still recovering from his elbow injury and will therefore be doubtful for this year, the BCCI informed the franchises.
“The ECB has registered Archer for the auction with a view to potential participation in 2023 and 2024, as due to his current injury it is unlikely that he can participate in IPL 2022,” the BCCI revealed to the franchisees along with a list of 44 fresh names added to the auction pool.
Usman Khawaja enters the auction along with Jofra Archer
Aside from Archer, there were a few other notable names to enter the list. This includes the Australian opener, Usman Khawaja, at the base price of INR 1.5 cr. In the new list of 44 players, 11 from India, five from Australia, two from Ireland, six from New Zealand, two from Scotland, four from Sri Lanka and West Indies each, one from Afghanistan, and seven more from South Africa have registered.
Despite the increasing number of new additions, one name that went missing is Chris Gayle. The legendary West Indian has played for three franchises and they had requested for his inclusion, as per Cricbuzz. However, he has opted out of the auction pool. Also missing are Mitchell Starc, Ben Stokes, and England captain, Joe Root.