Ben Stokes is among the most desired players in the Indian Premier League and other T20s Leagues. Last year, Stokes had not participated in the IPL auction. But, notably, the IPL 2022 mini-auction won’t be as big as last year. Hopefully, Ben Stokes will sign up for the league on December 16. There is still uncertainty about that: Will Ben Stokes be Part of the IPL Auction?
In the 2017 edition, Stokes was the league’s most valuable player. He scored 316 runs and picked up 12 wickets for Rising Pune Supergiants in the season. After then, He was picked by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs12.50 crores in the IPL 2018 auction.
Stokes performed well for the franchise in IPL 2019 and IPL 2020. In the IPL edition 2021, he could play only one match before getting ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.
The Ashes start on May 16 between England and Australia, and the IPL is likely to end in late May or early June. Stokes is the captain of the England Test team, which will try to take the Ashes trophy back from Australia.
But a significant point of debate among IPL franchises is the availability of stoke. England Wales and the Cricket Board (ECB) did not officially announce the availability of Ben Stokes. So, Will Ben Stokes Play IPL 2023?
3 Teams that Can Target Ben Stokes
If the availability factor were to be kept aside, 3 teams could target to pick Ben Stokes in the upcoming IPL 2023 Mini Auction.
- Mumbai Indians
- Punjab Kings
- Kolkata knight Riders
On the other side, it will likely have a few more big names, Sam Curran and Cameron Green, in this auction. Curran was not part of the previous auction in 2022 because of an injury.
Meanwhile, in addition to the money left over from the previous IPL Auction, each team will have an additional INR 5 crore to spend at the IPL auction; this will lead to the team having a purse of INR 95 crore.
After the Indian Premier League 2022 mega Auction, Punjab Kings had the largest purse, INR 3.45 crore. Chennai super kings had INR 2.95 crore remaining, and Royal Challengers Bangalore had INR 1.55 crore. So that could allow them to walk away with a couple of big players.