The Indian Premier League is all set to hold yet another auction in Bangalore on February 4, in view of the upcoming IPL 2012 matches. These auctions would be huge both in respect of the number of players listed and their reserve prices.
As many as 144 players are being listed for the auction which includes renowned names such as V.V.S Laxman, Sreesanth , McCullum, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, James Anderson and Graeme Swann.
The Marquee Category
Four out of the five players in the marquee category are from the terminated Kochi Tuskers team. Among these Ravindra jadeja , Brendon McCullum, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene are likely to be top draws in the to be conducted in Bangalore on the 4th of February.
Ravindra Jadeja has been rated among the Marquee players for the first time and has created quite a lot of expectations.
Ravindra Jadeja the Next Million Dollar Man
The Indian all rounder, Ravindra Jadeja is interestingly priced at the lowest reserve price of $100,000 among the 5 marquee players, McCullum has the highest reserve price of $4,00,000, followed by Jayawardane and Anderson as $3,00,000 and Muralithatan at $2,00,000.
This along with his new status is being expected to go into a tie breaker so that the franchise which would have to write secret cheques to get him.
Understandably the team writing the highest amount would have him. This has made speculations rise about the amount that would be able to fetch the player to their team by the franchises increasing the rating of Ravindra jadeja.
According to the IPL rules, every team is allowed to spend a maximum amount of $2 million in the event on players who not been picked by last years IPL. However, when there is a tie breaker during the auction of any player then the participating parties are allowed to go into a secret ballot.
Here they would be able to write higher amounts and the franchise who bids the highest is allowed to take the player. The player however, would get a highest of $2 million and the remaining amount would be taken by IPL coffers.
Thus, Ravindra Jadeja, though has the lowest reserve price would be the target of many franchises barring the two teams namely Bangalore Royal Challengers and Pune Sahara Warriors who have already spent the cap amount for Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly.
Many of the other star players have been left out of the marque list giving them a blow even though they have a higher reserve price such as V.V.S Laxman and Sreesanth.
Even Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson and England off-spinner Graeme Swann have been left out of the marquee list
Other players in the auction would be KTKs Rudra Pratap Singh, Parthiv Patel, Ramesh Powar and R Vinay Kumar. 13 Players from England, 19 from South Africa, 10 from New Zealand, 18 from Sri Lanka, 16 from West Indies, 7 from Zimbabwe and one player from Bangladesh form the total 144 players to be auctioned on Saturday.