England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has insisted his focus will be on England's one-day international against South Africa on Saturday (6 February), not the IPL auction. The hard-hitting batsman is among the most dynamic players in world cricket and is set to feature in his first-ever IPL tournament.
However, Buttler has claimed his eyes will be firmly fixed on winning another game for his country, rather than a money-spinning contract in the much-vaunted T20 competition.
"I'll just be focused on playing for England," he said, according to The Guardian. "What happens away from that [in India] is outside my control. I'll be interested to know what happens but it should be pretty easy to forget about it when involved in a full-blooded one-day international."
Buttler admitted the idea of his playing services being put up for sale at auction is one he finds tough to comprehend. "It's quite a strange feeling. You put yourself in the hat and see what happens. They might think I'm useless and I could be sat on my sofa in April," he joked.
The England star has been strongly linked with a move to the Knight Riders in Kolkota, who were previously coached by England boss Trevor Bayliss. But asked if he has a preferred team in the IPL, Buttler said: "One that wins."