The IPL 2019 auction is just a couple of days away and the teams are busy coming up with new strategies and plotting their buys for the upcoming season.
An initial list of 1003 has been shortened to 346 players, out of which 227 are Indians will go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) . The salary cap for each team has risen from ₹ 80 to 82 crore for the season.
The intense battle among the eight franchisees is expected eight franchisees is expected to start at 2.30 PM (IST) in Jaipur.
The highest base price for the auction is Rs 2 Crore and only nine players are in the top bracket. There is no Indian in the marquee list.
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Chris Woakes (England), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Shaun Marsh (Australia), Sam Curran (England), Colin Ingram (New Zealand), Corey Anderson (New Zealand), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) and D’Arcy Short (Australia) have opted to be slotted in the top bracket of Rs 2 Crore.
For the first time in 11 years, the IPL will see a different auctioneer. Hugh Edmeades is set to replace Richard Madley.
This year’s auction will not be as big as last year’s, which saw complete overhaul of squads.
IPL auction: 18 December 2018
IPL auction 2019 (venue): Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Time: 14:30 IST
Telecast: Star Network and Hotstar
Last season’s most expensive Indian buy, fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 11.5 Crore, will go under the hammer with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore after being released by Rajasthan Royals. Out of 10 cricketers in the 1.5 Crore bracket, Unadkat, who played 15 IPL matches last season and claimed 11 wickets at an economy of 9.65, is the only Indian.
Former Kings XI Punjab all-rounder and 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, and Mohammed Shami are the four Indian players who have set their base price at Rs. 1 crore.
Naman Ojha and speedster Ishant Sharma have opted to be slotted in the Rs. 75 Lakh base price bracket. A total of 18 players (2 Indians and 16 overseas) will be up for grabs in this base price bracket. The Rs 50 lakh bracket will see 18 Indian and 44 overseas players (total 62) in the auction. India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, who was unsold in the last IPL auction, has set his base price at Rs 50 lakh.