After becoming the most expensive overseas cricketer in IPL (Induan Premier League) history on Monday, English all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that he is looking forward to share the dressing room with RPS (Rising Pune Supergiant) stars Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Aussies skipper Steve Smith. The 25 years old all-rounder (Stokes) was bought by the Pune on Monday, February 20. After fetching a record deal at the IPL Auctions, England's richest cricketer Stokes will now skip his country's two-games ODI series versus Ireland as he will be available for the entire duration of 14 league games of RPS.
Mumbai Indians explosive batsman Jos Butler and Kolkata Knight Riders Chris Woakes will also be available for total league stage and will only return post May 14, according to a report in Cricinfo.
Seamer Tymal Mills, who got Rs 12 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be available for the entire duration of the tournament.
The Indian Premier League is set begin on April 5 with eight teams taking part in the tournament. As per the schedule, the first IPL 2017 game will see defending champions SRH (Sunrises Hyderabad) play last year's runner-up RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore).