BEN Stokes has been bought for virtually £1.4million in the Indian Premier League.
Nevertheless, Joe Root Remained unsold following the first round of bidding.
Stokes gained probably the most helpful participant award final yr after his report £1.7m contract with Rising Pune Supergiant, and now joined Rajasthan Royals.
Royals chief government Ranjit Barthakur was full of reward for the all-rounder, insisting: "Ben is a implausible performer — a cricketer of today and a cricketer of the longer term."
Stokes will now be group-mates with Steve Smith, after the Australia captain was retained by the Royals for £1.38m.
Nevertheless, Root was one of two gamers to stay unsold through the first round of bidding, alongside West Indies' Chris Gayle.
The public sale in Bengaluru will proceed into Sunday and there a complete of 578 gamers out there for buy by the eight franchises.
India captain MS Dhoni and South Africa batsman AB De Villiers are among the many 18 gamers which have been retained by their groups.
Whereas Australia quick bowler Mitchell Starc was bought for £1.04m and batsman Chris Lynn for £1.06m.
Stokes, 28, has been allowed to proceed enjoying cricket whereas he waits for his courtroom case on February thirteen, the place he is because of reply a cost of affray following an incident outdoors a Bristol nightclub in September.