Visakhapatnam: On Thursday (December 19), Kolkata will host the Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction. Before the big day, India and West Indies will be involved in the second ODI with the visitors 1-0 up in the three-match series.

There are West Indies players who are part of the auction process. While many feel that they would have an eye on the auction that starts at 3.30 pm IST, Shai Hope’s views were different.

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Hope, who hit a century in Chennai  and helped the team win against the Virat Kohli-led side, considers IPL auction as “secondary” as he and his teammates will firmly be focused on winning the series in Visakhapatnam tomorrow (December 18).

“I am sure it would be but I am sure that's secondary. We came here to play a series against India so whatever comes secondary is secondary,” Hope said.

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“I am sure some of the guys will be looking forward to the auction but we have an India series to play and that's the main thing right now,” he added.

Hope (102 not out) and Shimron Hetmyer (139) hit centuries in Chennai as the West Indies successfully chased down 288.

The 26-year-old Hope, a wicketkeeper, is listed under Rs 50 lakh reserve price category in the IPL auction. So far, he has not played for any IPL team.

As many as 332 players will go under the hammer at the IPL auction.