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Stokes is out of Ireland ties after fetching £1.7m at IPL auction

By Ian Callender

Ben Stokes is one of several England players who will miss the one-day internationals against Ireland in May after he was bought at the Indian Premier League auction yesterday.

The star all-rounder and newly appointed vice-captain of the England Test side became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history when he was bought for £1.7million by the Rising Pune Supergiants, and England have already agreed to him staying for all but the final week of the tournament which takes place from April 5 to May 21.

Also snapped up for six-figure sums were pace bowler Chris Woakes (Kolkata Knight Riders) and opening batsman Jason Roy (Gujurat Lions), while fast bowler Chris Jordan fetched £60,000 and both Josh Butler and Sam Billings were retained by their Mumbai and Delhi franchises respectively.

All six are likely to be given permission to miss the ODIs at Bristol on Friday, May 5 and at Lord's two days later but although former Ireland international Eoin Morgan was bought for £240,000, the England ODI captain will be recalled to lead the team against the country of his birth.

The other big England earner was Twenty20 specialist Tymal Mills who was bought for £1.4million (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and, with England having no T20 games in May, he will be available for the duration.

Two other players likely to be facing Ireland are Johnny Bairstow and Alex Hales, who remained unsold at the auction.

No Ireland players could put themselves forward because Ireland also have four ODIs in a tri-series with New Zealand and Bangladesh, in Malahide, immediately following the games against England.

However, for the first time, two Associate players will be involved with the Afghanistan duo Mohammad Nabi and 18-year-old leg spinner Rashid Khan bought for £36,000 and a staggering £475,000 respectively.

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