Indian Premier League 2019 player auction is around the corner and 346 players have been shortlisted to go under the hammer on Tuesday, December 18. Nine players have shortlisted themselves at the base price of Rs. 2 crore, which is the highest in this edition. England all-rounder Chris Woakes is one among them, who has kept his base price at Rs. 2 crore for the upcoming auction. Woakes was bought by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Banglore for Rs. 7.4 crores in the last edition of the cash-rich league. He was also the second highest buy of 2018 edition. Also Read - Virat Kohli Most Searched Cricketer From January to June 2020; Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni Behind India Skipper
The 29-year-old played only 5 matches in the last season and couldn’t live up to the expectations, his economy of 10.36 is a testimony to that. Though, he grabbed 8 wickets and was a holder of the purple cap, but for a short period. And, recently during the transfer window, he was released by RCB due to his ordinary performance as well as his availability issues in the crucial last phase matches of IPL, which will conclude just before the World Cup 2019. Also Read - Mitchell Starc Reaches Settlement in Insurance Fight of USD 1.53 Million For Missing 2018 IPL Due to Injury
Woakes has received flake on twitter for keeping his base price high, despite an average show in the previous edition. Also Read - BCCI Invites Tender For IPL Sponsorship For 4-month Period; Highest Bid Not Guaranteed Winner
The IPL 2019 player auction is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 and a lot of fortunes are expected to be made.