With the highly anticipated IPL 2019 auction just a few days away now, the Indian Premier League governing council released its final list of all the players who will be a part of the auction. After over 1000 players had registered their names for the auction process from all over the world, the 8 teams had sent in their list of the final players who they wanted to see go under the hammer. With inputs from franchisees, IPL’s head body has released a list of 346 cricketers which includes 226 Indian players and 120 foreign players for the upcoming auctions of the premier cricketing T20 tournament.
The auctions see a total of 9 players making the cut in the highest base price of INR 2 crore for capped players while 7 players have made their way in the top bracket of INR 40 lakh of uncapped players. Surprisingly no Indian player has asked to be put in either bracket.
The highest base price, that a select group of players have listed themselves for include international cricketers like Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short.
Amongst the Indians, Jaydev Unadkat, who was released by the Rajasthan Royals, has listed himself at a base price of INR 1.5 crore to hold the highest base price of any domestic player. Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami, Yuvraj Singh, and Ishant Sharma are in a list of 9 players who will enter the auction at the base price of INR 1 crore.
The IPL 2019 auction process this year promises to be more entertaining and heated than ever. With a newly introduced mid transfer window already seeing a major shuffle in the league as teams released and swapped players in a bid to strengthen their teams, each team will go into the auctions with a different strategy at hand.
While the likes of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals released almost every player that was at their helm, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) retained their core group of players. Delhi and Punjab will look to spend heavily as they try to strengthen their teams for the 2019 trophy. Chennai and Mumbai will have their eyes set out only on a couple of players to add to their already strong squads.
The IPL 2019 auctions that witness fierce competition and bidding among franchises draw in massive viewership owing to the immense tussling between team management and star quality going under the hammer. The auctions will begin on 18th December in Jaipur and be shown live on Star Sports 1/HD.