Indian Premier League 2016 January 14, 2016

Moeen in frame for IPL auction


Moeen Ali could be playing in the IPL in April © Getty Images

Moeen Ali is the latest member of the England squad to confirm that he will appear in the 2016 IPL auction.

Moeen, a member of the England team in all three formats, will only be available for the first four weeks of the tournament - a factor that could limit his appeal to team owners - but is understood to have received interest from Mumbai Indians among others.

England players have, in previous years, been encouraged to play county cricket instead of participating in the IPL. But Andrew Strauss, the England team director, recognises that players can benefit from the experience of appearing in high-profile T20 tournaments and believes it will improve England's white-ball form.

Jos Buttler, who scored an England ODI record 46-ball hundred against Pakistan in Dubai last year, is being courted by Kolkata Knight Riders, while Adil Rashid, who featured in the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in October and November, is currently the leading wicket-taker in the Big Bash League, having been encouraged to link up with his Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie, at Adelaide Strikers.

If Moeen is picked up in the auction, it will mean he is unavailable for Worcestershire for almost the entire season. The 2016 IPL season starts on April 9 and ends on May 29, with players expected to report - subject to international duty - a week before the start.

Players on Test duty by England will be required to return to the UK by noon on May 6, with most non-Test players required to return by noon on May 17 to ensure their availability in the opening round of T20 Blast matches on May 20.

While the ECB, who are currently involved in a budget review which has required several employees to reapply for their jobs, no longer operate a system by which they return to players the portion of their salaries forfeited for their release from county or central contracts - as they did up to the 2015 IPL season - it is understood they are considering topping up payments should a low reserve price result in England players making a net loss on their involvement. In previous years, players have priced themselves out of the market by demanding a higher reserve price to ensure they did not lose out financially.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nigel on January 15, 2016, 17:40 GMT

    Is this the same Moeen Ali who averages 14 with the bat in T20 internationals at a comparatively modest strike rate and is so little trusted by England with a white ball that he has only been allowed to bowl a total of 17 overs in ten England T20 appearances? If so, I'd be staggered if any IPL side would even consider him. You can see Stokes, Roy, Buttler, Hales, Adil Rashid, Morgan, Jordan, Billings, Bairstow, Root and Willey all interesting IPL sides if the ECB were to issue them NOCs. But Moeen Ali? Surely only Cook and Compton in the current England set-up are less attractive candidates.

  • Jeff on January 15, 2016, 16:25 GMT

    Moeen Ali has been tried many times, and the simple fact is he is not a very good cricketer. His batting is clueless and as for his bowling, while adequate for a team like England where spin is a backup option, in India most teams will want front line spinners. To the guy who said he should bat 6, Stokes bats 6, and Bairstow 7. Both are far better batsmen than Ali, so he bats eight, and packing the top order with players who 'can bat' rather than 'are the greatest batsmen in the country at the moment' is what cost us in the UAE - Moeen, Buttler and Patel were taking the places that 3 proper batsmen should have been in.

  • ramesh on January 15, 2016, 16:20 GMT

    Would love to see both Beards to be Feared terrorising batmen, bowlers and fans in large crowds. Would be like reminiscent of the infamous 2 day blast in Nov 2008.

  • Paul on January 15, 2016, 16:16 GMT

    Ideal format for Moeen at the moment. He's maturing as a test bowler very well, but at 1st class level it's his wristy stroke play and hard to get after quicker spin in short form that has stood out in the last few years. Wouldn't want him to lose that edge. IPL is ideal though only being available for 4 weeks might prove an issue. Just watched Ashwin bowl. Moeen gets more revs than Ashwin (surprised me, but check them out - it's true)

  • Anubhav on January 15, 2016, 14:25 GMT

    I think he is a good player but I am not so sure he suits T20

  • Adeel on January 15, 2016, 14:16 GMT

    Moeen Ali is one of the best Allrounder , in the circuit . He Should be picked , he is a very handy bowler and a good batsmen . Mumbai Indians will benefit alot from his arrival .

  • Sarang on January 15, 2016, 14:12 GMT

    "England players have, in previous years, been encouraged to play county cricket". Really George? They have been stopped from playing IPL, might be the correct way to put it. KP resisted, was thrown out. That aside, I don't see how Moeen Ali will be selected. He is not a fierce striker or a mystery spinner like Narine/Hogg.

  • Jason on January 15, 2016, 13:47 GMT

    T20 is going down the route of 3 Specialist batsmen, 1 Batting Keeper, 3 specialist bowlers and 4 all rounder's

    Your 3 specialists bowl 12 overs, and you can then get your 4 bits and pieces bowlers to rotate through 8 or so overs.

    We are naturally assuming that he wants to play in the IPL, and also consider the first Test next summer is the 19th May, while the IPL doesn't finish until the 29th May. So he will probably need to be back in the UK for training camps and briefings around the 10th May.

  • J on January 15, 2016, 9:27 GMT

    While I like Mo more as a person than a player, I fail to understand the perception that England and in this case Mumbai Indians have of him. Not too sure he is even international class or top flight material. Only in teams as bad as England can he even make it to the playing eleven. I even doubt his selection in England team as there are certainly better players available but he keeps getting selected somehow.

  • manish on January 15, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    I personally feel that won't happen. In IPL, as far as the foreign players are concerned, the teams are looking for batsman, pacers and seam bowling all rounders. It doesnt make much sense to go for a foreign spinner. Of course there are some exceptions like Sunil Narine, but overall, that's the pattern. And he is not that great solely as a batsman.

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