The excitement is detectable as the Indian Premier League (IPL) gears up for its upcoming auction. On Friday, BCCI revealed a staggering list of 1166 players who have thrown their hats into the ring. However, this number is set to decline significantly as teams submit their preferences.
The number of player registrations 1166 underscores the immense interest and competition surrounding the IPL auction. It’s a testament to the league’s global appeal and the platform it provides for cricketers to showcase their talent on a grand stage.
Breaking down the player pool reveals a diverse mix. Forty-five players hail from Associate nations, emphasizing the global reach of the IPL. Additionally, there are 909 uncapped players, with a significant majority (812) being Indian. Alongside them, 18 capped Indian players add a layer of experience and expertise to the mix.
With ten franchises contending for talent, there are 77 slots to fill. This includes a provision for 30 overseas players, adding an international flavor to the squads. The strategic allocation of these overseas slots will undoubtedly be a focal point for teams.
Several players have set their base price at a notable INR 1 crore. The list reads like a who’s who of cricket, featuring names such as Sam Billings, Martin Guptill, and Matthew Short, players known for their powerful hitting abilities. Franchises eyeing a solid batting lineup will be closely monitoring these developments.
Twenty foreign cricketers have positioned themselves with a base price of INR 1.5 crore in a higher price bracket. Tim Southee and Wanindu Hasaranga are notable among them, both released by their respective franchises. This adds an extra layer of intrigue as teams contemplate their strategies.
The players in the INR 1.5 crore base price category include some heavyweights. Mohammad Nabi, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, and others bring experience and skill to the auction floor. Teams must weigh their options carefully as they navigate this segment of the player pool.
A closer look at players like Sam Billings, Martin Guptill, and Matthew Short reveals their statistics and their impact on a game. Their inclusion in the auction injects a dose of star power, enticing franchises looking for game-changers.
Franchises in pursuit of lethal fast bowlers have intriguing options. Adam Milne, Wayne Parnell, and Alzarri Joseph have set their base at INR 1 crore, making them attractive prospects. Their ability to deliver thunderbolts on the field makes them sought-after assets.
In a notable shift, the auction will occur on December 19 in Dubai. This marks the first time the IPL auction will be held outside India. The venue change introduces an element of novelty, and the Dubai setting will surely add its unique flavor to the proceedings.
Players with INR 1 Crore Base
Ashton Agar, Riley Meredith, D’Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Gus Atkinson, Sam Billings, Michael Bracewell, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Alzarri Joseph, Rovman Powell, David Wiese
Players with INR 1.5 Crore Base
Mohammad Nabi, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Daniel Worrall, Tom Curran, Marchant de Lange, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Phil Salt, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram, Wanindu Hasaranga, Jason Holder, Sherfane Rutherford