In preparation for the IPL 2023 auction, the defending champion Gujarat Titans have traded Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand and Rahmanullah Gurbaz of Afghanistan to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
At the super auction, Titans paid 10 crores for Ferguson, who played for the team in 13 games and claimed 12 wickets. The two-time IPL champion Knight Riders were the previous team the Kiwi international played for from 2017 to 2021.
In contrast, Gurbaz was added to the team to replace England batsman Jason Roy. The youthful wicketkeeper-batter, though, didn’t appear in any of the games during the previous season.
As Hardik Pandya and company won the IPL championship in their first season, Titans had a great beginning in the lucrative T20 competition. In the championship game, they defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.
Jason Behrendorff, an Australian who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, will join the five-time defending champion Mumbai Indians in the 2018 campaign. In the mega auction leading up to the IPL 2022, RCB paid 75 lakh rupees to purchase the Australian pacer. Behrendorff previously participated in the 2018 competition for MI.
By the deadline of November 15, which has been set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, all 10 franchises must submit a list of the players they have kept (BCCI). According to the news agency PTI, the auction for the next edition will take place on December 23 in Kochi.
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It is anticipated that the total purse worth will rise from INR 90 crore to 95 crore. Ishan Kishan, who was acquired by Mumbai Indians for a stunning sum of 15.25 crore, was the most expensive player in the previous season’s auction.
The most expensive foreign player at the auction was Liam Livingstone, who was acquired by Punjab Kings for 11.50 crore.