The next season of the world’s richest tournament, Indian Premier League, is all set to begin and has announced the venue of the next round of auctions of its players.
It is important in view of inclusion of some outstanding cricket talents some of whom belong to the terminated Kochi team members who were not included in the earlier round of auctions and are now listed for auction.
144 Players to Be Auctioned
Although a list of 183 players had been released for auction on 20th January by the BCCI, the IPL organisers effectively pruned them down to 144 based on the feedback received from franchises.
Now this entire roster is ready to be auctioned on 4th Febraury in Bangalore. The list consists of players of international accord and also many Indian star players.
The Kochi Trio
VVS Laxman, S Sreesanth and Brendon McCullum, the trio who were earlier part of terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 IPL have now become successful in commanding the highest reserve price of $400,000 in the final auction list.
These three players accompany Graeme Swann of England a first timer in the IPL with this highest Base price and are expected to be jumped upon with offers as soon as the auction begins.
However VVS Laxman and Sreesanth, although possess a high base price, have been missed out of the Marquee list which might have an impact in their pricing because of the preference given to the marquee players to be auctioned first during the auction.
As everyone knows, every team is given a maximum of $2 million for spending on new additional players to their team and the marquee list including Ravindra jadeja, Muttiah Muralidharan, Mahela Jayawardane, McCullum and James Anderson.
This is expected to have an impact on the bidding process of both VVS Laxman and Sreesanth.
In all 16 players from the defunct KTK have been included in the list, but the three players have commanded the highest base price of $400,000, followed by the newly appointed Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayewardene $ 300,000, and then by Muttiah Muralidharan ($ 200,000) who has recently retired from international cricket.
A total of 144 players have been listed for auction that is to be held on this Saturday, 4th Febraury in Bangalore, some of whom are eagerly being awaited to be picked up. Some of the noted picks would be Ravindra Jadeja, the Saurashtran all rounder and Bangladeshi player Tamim Iqbal.
Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Usman Khawaja, Luke Ronchi are among the 16 players from Australia who will be up for sale.
From England, 13 cricketers, including James Anderson, Ian Bell, Owais Shah and Ravi Bopara will be up for auction.
South Africa and New Zealand will have 19 and 10 players respectively, would go under the hammer. Sri Lanka will have as many as 18 cricketers, while 16 from West Indies and 7 from Zimbabwe are in the auction list.