The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday sent out its final auction pool, which has been halved from the original list of 1214 players. The pruned list includes 590 players, who will go under the hammer during the two-day mega auction in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. This final list includes 44 new names that were registered in the auction pool upon the request of the franchises.
Off the 590 players, there are 228 capped players, 355 uncapped, and seven from Associate countries. The seven Associate players are David Wiese, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Sandeep Lamichhane, Brad Wheal, Safyaan Sharif and Ali Khan.
David Warner, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Pat Cummins, Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Mohammed Shami are part of the marquee set.
Amit Mishra is the oldest Indian at 39. He has a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. S. Sreesanth has also made the cut at a base price of Rs 50 lakh. Eighteen-year-old Dewald Brevis, who had a rewarding Under-19 World Cup with South Africa, is also part of the list.
With two new teams - Lucknow Super Giants and yet to be named Ahmedabad franchise - having been added to the IPL fold, the auction is likely to see fierce bidding for some of the rising stars in Indian cricket besides the seasoned pros. As a result, it is not surprising to see the likes of Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan entering the auction at Rs. 2 crore base price. Among the domestic uncapped cricketers, Karnataka’s Devdutt Padikkal has chosen the highest price bracket.
A total of 370 Indian players and 220 overseas players make up the list.
There are 20 players in the auction list with a reserve price of Rs 1.5 crore while 34 players are in the list of cricketers with a reserve price of Rs 1 crore.
The country-wise breakdown of 220 overseas players is as under:
(With inputs from Amol Karhadkar)
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