Ebene News – GB – Moeen Ali wins big payday as Chennai Super Kings secure him at IPL auction

Moeen Ali ended a tough week in India on an unequivocal high, after being picked up for Rs 7 crore (US $ 959,000) by Chennai Super Kings at IPL auction

The price is almost four times what the Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 17 crore; US $ 265,000) paid Moeen in 2018 and marks an immediate return to the tournament after his release by RCB at the end of the 2020 season

Having participated in the auction at a base price of Rs 2 crore (US $ 274,000), Moeen received significant interest from the newly rebranded Punjab Kings before being secured by CSK, where he will team up with his English compatriot Sam Curran

CSK is being rebuilt, having failed to reach the IPL play-offs for the first time in competition history, and Moeen’s signing came after narrowly missing the services of his spin mate -the versatile bowling player, Glenn Maxwell, who was taken over by Moeen’s former franchise, RCB, for Rs 1,425 crores (USD 195 million)

CSK bowling coach L Balaji said of the signing: “We focused on a versatile and powerful approach. Moeen is a good buy He is comfortable with the ball and can also kick in. The higher order [Shane] Watson gave us that flexibility in the first order Now Moeen gives us depth and the possibility of a dual role – [I’m] 100% sure that he will do what we’re looking at “

Moeen’s IPL credentials were likely enhanced by his performance in the second test against India at Chepauk Stadium this week, where he won eight wickets in the match – his first test appearance for 18 months – then signed with an explosive 43-bullet 18-bullet cameo in the final moments of India’s 317-point victory

Either way, Moeen’s involvement in the tournament bolsters his chances of playing a major role in England’s T20 World Cup campaign, which is also set to take place in India at the end of the year Moeen was part of the squad that toured South Africa in December but was left out for all three T20Is as England opted to field a single frontline spinner

Despite being named to England’s T20I squad for their five-game streak against India next month, Moeen’s departure from the test squad this week sparked controversy when Joe Root, the England captain, has hinted he “chose” to go home rather than compete for a place in the final two tests, with the series currently locked at 1-1

Root then apologized to Moeen, as did England head coach Chris Silverwood, who admitted that a request had been made to keep Moeen on tour, but his absence from testing Ahmedabad had been decided in advance by the ECB, in accordance with their policy of rest and rotation

The request had been made by England due to Moeen’s disrupted winter schedule.He contracted Covid-19 upon arriving in Sri Lanka in January and had to spend a fortnight in quarantine, following what he missed the two tests in Galle as well as the victory of England in the first test against India in Chennai

Moeen’s reluctance to accede to England’s request stemmed in part from the prospect of him landing a new IPL contract, which would have meant a five-month spell away from his young family, with the tournament set to be finish the first week June

To date, Moeen has played 19 IPL games for RCB, scoring 309 points with a strike rate of 15,846, and taking 10 wickets at an economy rate of 714

Moeen was the star attraction for England players in the early rounds of the auction Dawid Malan, ranked No 1 T20I batsman by the ICC, was signed by the Punjab Kings for Rs 150 lakh (US $ 204,000), while Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Sam Billings and Adil Rashid were all unsold when first requested Mark Wood withdrew from the auction on Wednesday

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Ebene News – GB – Moeen Ali wins big payday as Chennai Super Kings secure him in IPL auction

Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ipl-auction-2021-moeen-ali-lands-big-pay-day-as-chennai-super-kings-secure-him-for-rs-7-crore-1252183