Top Indian players including senior opener Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer along with foreign stars such as Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada have been listed in the top base prize tier of Rs 2 crore for the upcoming IPL auction. The mega sale is scheduled for February 12-13 in Bengaluru and will see 590 players go under the hammer. The IPL announced the final auction list on Tuesday, which was pruned from the original list of 1,214 players released last month after the franchises returned with the players they were interested in.
Of the 590 cricketers, a total of 228 are capped players, 355 are uncapped and seven are associated countries.
Senior Indian players Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have also registered with a base price of Rs 2 crore.
While Iyer and Dhawan are the top draws, the 10 teams are also likely to be involved in a youth bidding war Ishan Kishan, Devdutt Padikal, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, last season’s top wicket taker Harshal Patel, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and fast bowler Shardul Thankur . They are all in the top bracket.
A total of 370 Indian players and 220 foreign cricketers are up for grabs, with as many as 48 players opting to place themselves in the Rs 2 crore bracket.
The foreign players are expected to be the franchises behind the pacesetters Trent Boult, Cummins, Rabada, the Australian duo of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith, former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan and the great South African Faf du Plessis, who are all registered in the upper bracket.
Indian veterans like Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa, with a steep base price of Rs 2 crore, may not have many buyers.
There are 20 players in the auction list with a reserve price of Rs 1.5 crore while 34 are in the list of cricketers with a reserve price of Rs 1 crore.
The Indian U-19 stars, skipper Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal and Rajvardhan Hangargekar, alongside the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda and Avesh Khan, will also try to earn money and make their mark at the auction.
South Africa’s 42-year-old spinner Imran Tahir is the oldest in the auction, while Afghanistan’s 17-year-old Noor Ahmed is the youngest. Noor currently plays in the U-19 World Cup in the West Indies.
Out of all U-19 players, Indian medium pacer Hangargekar has a better auction base price of Rs 30 lakh, compared to Rs 20 lakh for others.
Punjab Kings have the most money in wallet
Punjab Kings has the highest number of 23 slots available while Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have 21 vacancies.
The rest of the teams each have 22 slots.
Punjab Kings are also going to auction with the highest stock — Rs 72 crore — while the Delhi Capitals have the lowest — Rs 47.5 crore.
Australia top overseas list
Australia topped the overseas list with 47 players, while 34 West Indies cricketers will also go under the hammer.
South Africa has 33 players, Sri Lanka 23, England 24, New Zealand 24 and Afghanistan 17.
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