Ravichandran Ashwin won Man of the Series in the recently concluded Test series against West Indies © Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin won Man of the Series in the recently concluded Test series against West Indies © Getty Images

Bangalore: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has joined hands with Wisden India to bring Cric-Trade, the world’s first auction fantasy league, which he co-created, to cricket fans worldwide ahead of the India-West Indies Twenty20 series in USA. “It has got a feature which none of the other games (Fantasy) have,” said Ashwin. “This has got the first ever auction way of picking your team. In other games, everybody can pick Virat Kohli and R Ashwin but in this game, the user needs to sample size his own team. If one user picks R Ashwin (in auction), the other can’t pick me.” Each auction will run for an hour and a half and begin two hours before the scheduled start of the match. The game is designed on a match-day basis, so there are fresh auctions everyday before play begins. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 1st T20I at Lauderhill

Users need to register their teams at www.cric-trade.com to join the game and be eligible for the bidding process. Ahead of the two-match T20Iseries against West Indies, Indian cricketers, Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday visited the home of American basketball team Miami Heats. On what was supposed to be a day off for the Indian cricket team, the Indian trio were hosted by Tyler Johnson and Briante Weber, the latest recruit of the Miami Heats, at their home ground – The American Airlines Arena. The Indian contingent was taken around the locker room, gymnasium and the recuperation center before indulging in a brief bout of play between the five of them. ALSO READ: IND vs WI: Great advertisement for T20Is in USA, but cricket will take centre stage

The other Indian players had a field day in the new country as some of them went around shopping, while a few others chose to relax at the hotel. The Social Media handles of players and the BCCI were active with posts and pictures ever since they landed in the USA.