Soon after charges against Yusuf Pathan's ban were proved wrong, new regarding his base price in the upcoming auctions have been doing the rounds in the media.
The BCCI, which had told Yusuf not to play for Baroda in the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy, released a statement on Tuesday revealing that the 35-year old had "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups".
The auctions for the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in Bengaluru on January 27th and 28. Yusuf Pathan along with many former Indian players will be up for sale in what promises to be an interesting auction as all the players who have been released by their franchises will be up for auctions.
Yusuf's brother, ex-India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who went unsold in the last auction, has kept his base price at Rs 50 lakhs. "Yusuf has been amongst the most successful middle-order batsmen in the IPL, while Irfan has been one of the most prolific allrounders in the league. The franchises are likely to gun for them," said a source.
Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have set their base price at Rs 2 crore, the others who're likely to figure in the top bracket are India leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, star bat and current discard Yuvraj Singh, West Indians Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and Kiwi great Brendon McCullum.
This is the first time Harbhajan Singh will be up for an IPL auction after playing for Mumbai Indians over the last decade.
"I've had a great decade-long relationship with MI. I'll look to bowl well and win games for whichever team I play for in the IPL. Let's see what happens at the auction," said Harbhajan.