MS Dhoni will go under the hammer for the first time since IPL begin © IANS
MS Dhoni will go under the hammer for the first time since IPL begin © IANS

Mumbai:  India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with his teammates Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin, among others, will be up for grabs for the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) teams in the draft to be held today. Sanjeev Goenka’s New Rising won the bid for the Pune franchise while Intex won the bid for Rajkot after a reverse bidding process held in Delhi on Decmber 8 to replace suspended teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the next two editions to be held in 2016 and 2017. ALSO READ: Ravichandran Ashwin looking forward to playing for either Pune or Rajkot in IPL 2016

The bidding process for the two new franchises was necessitated by the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the involvement of some of their officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which was probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retd) R M Lodha committee. However, both the CSK and RR will be allowed back in the league after serving out their suspension.

Pune will be given the choice to pick the players first because they were the lowest bidders (negative bids) to buy the new team for two years in the draft to be held at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s recereation centre at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Also available for picking by the Twenty20 League’s two new franchises are other top international stars such as New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Australia’s Shane Watson, now retired from international cricket, and current captain Steven Smith, and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo from a total of 50 cricketers, who played for suspended IPL teams CSK and RR in the last edition earlier this year.  ALSO READ: Sourav Ganguly: MS Dhoni’s fate in IPL 9 and 10 should be left to team owners

The cricketers from the two suspended franchises will be divided into two groups of capped and uncapped and the top names will be sold through the draft system. The two new teams will have a minimum of Rs 40 crore and a maximum of Rs 66 crore to buy players.

The list of players in the draft is as follows:

Indians (33): Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, M S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Sanju Samson, Mohit Sharma, Rahul Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Eklavya Dwivedi, Deepak Hooda, Vikramjeet Malik, Mithun Manhas, Ronit More, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Ishwar Chandra Pandey, Pardeep Sahu, Dinesh Salunkhe, Barinder Singh Saran, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Pratyush Singh Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Sagar Vijay Trivedi and Dishant Yagnik.

Foreigners (17): Kyle Abbott (South Africa), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Ben Cutting (Australia), Faf Du Plessis (South Africa), James Faulkner (Australia), Matt Henry (New Zealand), Michael Hussey (Australia), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Christopher Morris (South Africa), Kane Richardson (Australia), Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Steven Smith (Australia), Tim Southee (New Zealand), Juan Theron (South Africa), Andrew Tye (Australia) and Shane Watson (Australia).