It’s that time of the year when teams for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will be picked out at the IPL auction in Kolkata on December 19 which will witness 332 cricketers going under the hammer.
“While 997 players had initially registered for the auction, the final list has been pruned after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players,” read an official IPL statement.
Among the players, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and South African Dale Steyn will be opting for the highest base price of ₹2 crore along with the Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and Sri Lanka veteran Angelo Mathews.
The fight between eight franchises will be tough since only 73 slots are there to be filled in and only 29 of them can be foreign buys.
Robin Uthappa, who was released by Kolkata Knight Riders last month, is the sole Indian player in the auction list with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Premier Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who has never played in the IPL, has put himself in the highest base price bracket alongside bowling partner Pat Cummins, who has represented KKR, Delhi Capitals, and Mumbai Indians.
Maxwell, who recently took a break to deal with mental health, is back in the auction pool after opting out of the last edition alongside Aaron Finch.
Finch is back in the pool at a base price of Rs 1 crore. Fellow Australian Chris Lynn, who was released by KKR, will be expecting to go at a good price at the auction next week.
Besides Uthappa, other Indian names including Piyush Chawla (released by KKR), Yusuf Pathan (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) have set their base price at Rs 1 crore.
A total of 186 Indian, 143 overseas and three players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs at the auction.
Seven cricketers have placed themselves in the highest base price list of Rs 2 crore, 10 in Rs 1.5 crore bracket and 23 in Rs 1 crore category.
Among the uncapped players, as many as 183 players are in the Rs 20 lakh category, seven in Rs 40 lakh and eight in Rs 30 lakh.
(With inputs from agencies)