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Joy for Roy in 2017 IPL Auction

20 February 2017

Jason Roy was sold to the Gujarat Lions in the 2017 IPL Auction in Bengaluru.

Englishman Jason Roy was the only Sydney Sixers player to be sold at the Indian Premier League player auction in Bengaluru on Monday.

Jason Roy, Nic Maddinson, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott all went unsold during the morning auction.

When players' names were submitted by the teams following the first stage, Roy went for auction again and was sold to the Gujarat Lions for AUD$194,630. 

The Gujarat Lions are coached by Australian Brad Hodge and the Ahmedabad side includes New Zealander Brendon McCullum. 

"Thanks everyone, very excited to get over and get started,” wrote Roy on Twitter.

In the same stage, Abbott was put up for auction a second time but again went unsold. Colin Munro was put up for auction in the accelerated afternoon stage and went unsold, too.

In the final stage of the auction, each club submitted three names to be put up for grabs. No Sixers were sold in the final stage.

Alongside Roy, Moises Henriques is the only other Sixers player currently contracted in the IPL for 2017 as he will again play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

Earlier on Monday, Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith was named the new captain of Rising Pune Supergiants.

Sixer Mitchell Starc ruled himself out of the IPL in 2017 and will not play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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