IPL draft: Dhoni, Rahane, Ashwin up for grabs

Brendon McCullum, Steven Smith, Dwayne Bravo, and Shane Watson are the other stars among the 50 cricketers who will be available for the auction. Pune will be given the choice to pick the players first because they were the lowest bidders (negative bids) to buy the new team for two years.

M.S. Dhoni and Ravichandrand Ashwin will be among the key attractions in the IPL 9 auction.   -  K. R. Deepak

Ravindra Jadeja was brought by Chennai Super Kings for 9.8 crores in the 2012 auction.   -  R. Ragu

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never featured in a T20 franchise game for any other team than Chennai Super Kings. On Tuesday, Dhoni’s team for the next two editions will be finalised as the two new Indian Premier League franchises will pick its marquee players for the next two IPL editions.

Following the suspension of the Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years after being found guilty of breaching the IPL regulations, franchises from Pune (owned by New Rising) and Rajkot (Intex) have been roped in for the next two editions.

To make it easier for the new team owners to build a team, the IPL regulations had offered five players from both the suspended teams to each new owner before the auction. The player draft is scheduled to be held here on Tuesday.

Pune is set to get Dhoni; Jadeja likely for Rajkot

Since the Pune franchise, owned by Sanjeev Goenka, had bid the lowest, it will have the first right to quote its preferred player from the list of 50 players who were on the roster of the Super Kings and Royals. Then on, both the owners will quote its preferred player from the list of cricketers, which includes some of the best T20 cricketers.

While Pune is all set to grab Dhoni, Rajkot is likely to buy Ravindra Jadeja, the hometown hero. It remains to be seen if both the team owners decided to retain the core of the Super Kings and Royals or prefer to mix and match from both the teams.

Draft likely to get over in 15 minutes

The draft, likely to be over in 15 minutes, has only one pre-condition: No team can pick more than four capped Indian cricketers. While Chennai has nine Indians who have earned an international cap, Royals’ pool includes five in the capped bracket.

As per the regulations, a combined amount of Rs 39 crore will be reduced from each new team’s auction purse of Rs 66.15 crore. A value of Rs 12.5 crore, Rs 9.5 crore, Rs 7.5 crore, Rs 5.5 crore and Rs 4 crore, respectively, will be deducted for each of the five players snatched by both the new teams.

Once both the teams zero in on the 10 players’ names, the remaining 40 players will be included in the auction pool for the player auction to be held in February.

THE DRAFT PROCEDURE

50 players, 25 each from Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, will be available to be signed pre-auction for both the teams.

Pune being the lowest bidder during the team bidding last week will have the first right to claim a player.

Both the teams, on an alternate basis, will be able to sign five players from the pool of 50. The five players of each team will be valued at Rs 12.5 crore, Rs 9.5 crore, Rs 7.5 crore, Rs 5.5 crore and Rs 4 crore each.

Pune franchise is likely to get its hands on Mahendra Singh Dhoni while Rajkot owners are likely to prefer hometown boy Ravindra Jadeja.

No team can sign more than four capped Indian players.

Some of the top players available for the draft include Dhoni, Jadeja, R Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, James Faulkner and Sanju Samson.