NEW DELHI: A total of 346 cricketers, including 226 Indians, will go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auction to be held in the Pink City of Jaipur on December 18.
Around 1003 players had initially registered for the auction, but the final list was trimmed after the submission by the eight franchisees. The intense battle among the eight franchisees is expected to start at 2.30 PM (IST) in Jaipur.
The auction will see 118 capped and 228 uncapped players being auctioned.
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.
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.
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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.
The uncapped players will enter the auction in three different base price brackets – 20 lakh, 30 lakh and 40 lakh.
A total of 196 Indian players (and 17 overseas) will go under the hammer with base prices of Rs 20 lakh.
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The Rs 30 lakh bracket meanwhile has 5 Indian players (and 3 overseas).
There are no Indian players in the Rs 40 lakh list. This bracket has 7 overseas players.
IPL PLAYER AUCTION MORE DETAILS:
The IPL 2019 auction will be held on December 18, 2018 (Tuesday), expected to start at 2.30 pm (IST).