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England's Livingstone draws £1.1m in IPL auction


Liam Livingstone sparked a five-way bidding war on the second and final day of the IPL auction in Bangalore on Sunday, with Punjab Kings making the winning bid for the England and Lancashire all-rounder.

Livingstone went under the hammer at £1.1m, joining England team-mate Jonny Bairstow at the same franchise (£660,500).

Livingstone was the most expensive overseas purchase made at an auction which saw Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan re-signed by Mumbai Indians for £1.5m.

Jofra Archer, who still faces a long battle back to fitness from elbow surgery, was also popular despite the likelihood being that he won’t feature in the 2022 edition from April.

Archer was allowed to enter the auction with a view on his participation in 2023 and 2024, and he was signed by Mumbai Indians for £783,000.

On Saturday’s opening day, Archer’s fellow England pacer Mark Wood was sold to new franchise Lucknow Super Giants for £734,000.

Saturday’s proceedings were halted briefly when English auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed and fell from the stage, and he was unable to take any further part in the auction despite admitting on Sunday morning that he felt fine.

Livingstone becomes the fourth highest English purchase in IPL history, behind Ben Stokes twice and Tymal Mills in previous auctions. Stokes went to Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.7m ahead of the 2018 IPL.

But the all-rounder, alongside Test captain Joe Root, has opted against this season’s edition in order to play early season County Championship cricket.

English players involved in IPL 2022

Punjab Kings are the franchise with the most English players – three, with a total of 13 involved across the 10 teams. 

Only Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have gone in a different direction and signed no English players.

Amongst those who went unsold were limited overs captain Eoin Morgan and, more surprisingly, star spinner Adil Rashid.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: David Willey

Chennai Super Kings: Moeen Ali (previously retained), Chris Jordan 

Gujarat Titans: Jason Roy

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sam Billings, Alex Hales

Lucknow Super Giants: Mark Wood

Mumbai Indians: Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills

Punjab Kings: Jonny Bairstow, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (previously retained)

Rising Singapore star David bags maiden deal with £805,000

Tim David, a Singapore-born Australian, is becoming one of the hottest properties on the global T20 circuit.

A tall, powerful middle order batter, David was an overseas player for Surrey last year and also a replacement player for Hundred champions Southern Brave, playing in the final.

He is currently featuring in the Pakistan Super League for champions and current league leaders Multan Sultans. 

This week, David was signed by Lancashire Lightning for this summer’s Vitality Blast, where he could form a destructive batting order alongside Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Phil Salt and Dane Vilas.

In this IPL auction, he was picked up by Mumbai Indians for a whopping fee.