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Rajkot and Pune pull socks up to draft IPL players

The new franchises will have a chance to sign up marquee players like M S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Steve Smith, Dwayne Smith and Shane Watson

A file photo of the new owners along with BCCI officials (pic courtesy: IPL Twitter account)
A file photo of the new owners along with BCCI officials (pic courtesy: IPL Twitter account)

Almost 50 players, including M S Dhoni, Shane Watson and Dwayne Smith, will be up for grabs as the two new teams in the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) go into the first ever draft of players. The two new franchises, Sanjeev Goenka’s Pune team and the Intex team from Rajkot, will have a chance to pick up five players each before the annual auction that takes place in February every year. Unlike an auction, where players are allotted a base or reserve price and then are subjected to bidding by the participating teams, a draft has a fixed price. The two teams can choose from a ...