Yuvraj Singh, the highest paid IPL player for 2016 with a ₹16 crore deal from Delhi Daredevils, returns to the auction pool for the base price of a mere ₹ 1 crore after being discarded by Kings XI Punjab. The IPL Punjab franchisee had taken Yuvraj for his base price of ₹2 crore at the auction last year.
Jaydev Unadkat, released by Rajasthan Royals after having acquired him for an awe-awakening ₹11.5 crore highest IPL bid last year, with ₹ 1.5 crores has the top base price among the Indians. Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami – all with the base price of ₹1 crore along with Yuvraj – Ishant Sharma ₹75 lakh and Sarfaraz Khan (₹20 lakh) are among the prominent Indian names.
There is no Indian in the ₹2 crore base price bracket. The list, published by ESPN Cricinfo, has Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Colin Ingram, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Angelo Matthews, Brendon McCullum, D’arcy Short and Chris Woake among the players from whom the bidding will start at ₹2 crore.
Australian star players Glenn Maxwell, the ₹9 crore Delhi Daredevils acquisition last year, and Aaron Finch, in the King’s XI camp last year for ₹6.2 crore, have both opted out of the auction. The top Australian cricketers who figure in the scheme of things for the World Cup next year are anyway not available for the entire IPL season.
As the IPL Player Registration closed on Tuesday, as a total of 1,003 players, including 232 overseas cricketers, have signed up to be the part of the auction on December 18.
Aiming to fill up the available 70 spots are 200 capped players, 800 uncapped and three players from Associate Nations. Of the 800 uncapped, 746 are Indians. For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, cricketers from nine States – Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Puducherry – have registered and will hope to showcase their talent in the world’s biggest T20 tournament, BCCI has stated in a Press release.
Franchises will now have time until 5 on December 10 to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final IPL 2019 Player Auction list.
As the tournament prepares to enter its 12th edition, Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car, and charity auctioneer will be the new gavel master. With over 30 years of experience at Christie’s, Edmeades will engage the bidders from eight franchises in his inimitable style.
Here is the country-wise breakdown of 232 overseas players: Afghanistan – 27, Australia – 35, Bangladesh – 10, England – 14, Hong Kong – 1, Ireland – 1, Netherlands – 1, New Zealand – 17, South Africa – 59, Sri Lanka – 28, USA – 1, West Indies – 33, Zimbabwe – 5.