Mumbai: As the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction draws closer, a whopping 1,166 players have been shortlisted, presenting franchises with a diverse spectrum of talent to choose from. The December 19th auction in Dubai will see World Cup top performers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra vying for spots alongside exciting Indian prospects.
Notably absent from the list is Jofra Archer, who was recently released by the Mumbai Indians. Despite his absence, the player pool boasts immense depth with 830 Indian and 336 overseas contenders. The breakdown includes 212 capped players, 909 uncapped players, and 45 Associate players.
Several high-profile Indian players, including Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav, have set their base price at Rs 2 crore after being released by their previous franchises. Other capped Indians will be available at a reserve price of Rs 50 lakh.
Additionally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has urged franchises to submit requests for additional players not included in the initial list. These players, if eligible and interested, will be added to the auction pool.
With 77 slots to fill and a maximum of 30 overseas players allowed, franchises face crucial decisions in shaping their squads for the upcoming IPL season.
The December 19th auction promises to be a thrilling affair as teams battle it out to secure the best talent available.