The final list of players for the IPL 2022 mega-auctions has been released. A total of 590 cricketers have been selected for the auction which will take place in Bangalore on the 12th and 13th of February 2022. One big name that was not present in the list was of T20 legend Chris Gayle
According to Cricbuzz, at least two franchises for which Gayle had previously played wanted his name to be included in the final auction list. But the ‘Universe Boss’ has decided that he would not participate in IPL 2022.
Chris Gayle played for three teams during the course of his 13-year IPL journey: Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings. Gayle scored 4965 runs in the IPL, averaging 40 with 6 centuries and 31 fifties at a strike rate of 149.
Gayle has a number of records in IPL, including the most centuries (6) and the greatest individual score – 175*. He has smashed 357 sixes in the cash-rich league, which is the most by any batter. The second-placed AB de Villiers is 106 sixes behind Gayle.
Gayle is a household name in India, where his explosive batting has captivated the fans for years. His stint with RCB, in particular, will be remembered fondly. He is a T20 superstar, and all the IPL viewers will definitely miss the fireworks from his bat this time.
🚨 NEWS 🚨: IPL 2022 Player Auction list announced
The Player Auction list is out with a total of 590 cricketers set to go under the hammer during the two-day mega auction which will take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, 2022.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 1, 2022
IPL 2022 set to begin in last week of March
The IPL will expand to ten teams in 2022, with two new franchises (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) joining the competition. IPL 2022 is likely to begin in the final week of March. BCCI is expecting to stage the entire tournament in India.
Prior to the auctions, the two new teams have already selected their three draft picks. KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi have been selected by the Lucknow Super Giants while Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill will play for the Ahmedabad franchise.