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Stokes will be joined in the auction by his Test captain Joe Root and the likes of Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings and Sussex's Jofra Archer - the Barbadian-born all-rounder who could well force his way into England contention after serving his qualification period in county cricket.

Delhi Daredevils brought Glenn Maxwell for Rs 9 crore, outbidding RCB; KXIP didn't use their RTM on him.

Sky Sports has signed a new multi-year deal to broadcast 60 live IPL matches each year and this year's tournament gets underway on April 7. Put in the uncapped player category with a starting price of $3,125, the prolific batsman from Mumbai is being compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Already the team wears an old look, filled with players who you would believe are past their prime. Despite all the off-field controversies, Stokes was snapped up for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore (USD 1.96 million) by Rajasthan Royals after Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings also engaged in a fierce bidding war.

How does the IPL season work? At the end of the double round-robin group stage the top four teams will qualify for the play-offs.

There is a strong English presence in the auction pool - 21 players across both the capped and uncapped categories.

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Those are the numbers to remember as we head into the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend - 27-28 January.

Crowded among India's big stars, under-19 national captain Prithvi Shaw could be the bargain pick of the auction.

Earlier, all the IPL franchises were asked to retain a short tally 5 players for the upcoming season and the rest of the players' fate would be decided in the big auctions.

Those who do hear the sound of his hammer will be very happy indeed.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad were the most active franchise as they bought 14 players for the day.

How are the IPL squads made up?

Each franchise needs to have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 25. This would include eight overseas players.

Who are the players retained?

Chennai Super Kings: 47 crore rupees (£5.2million). Amit Mishra was sold to DD for Rs 4 crore.

Rashid Khan was retained by SRH for Rs 9 crore.

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The Yorkshireman's base price is just behind that of Stokes at 1.5 crore rupees, or around £165,000, and he said: "Of course there is a money side to it, there is no point lying about it, but it's not why I went into the auction". Indian batsmen KL Rahul sold for Rs 11 Crores. "There are some really good talent, who haven't played for the country". Ishant Sharma, with a base price of Rs 75 lakh, also went unsold. Vijay Shankar and Harshal Patel was sold for Rs 3.20 crore and 20 lakh respectively to Delhi Daredevils. The second tier base price is £166,000 and the third tier base price is £110,000.

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