The much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 mini-auction is just around the corner, and cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the event. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently unveiled the final list of shortlisted players who will be up for grabs at the auction. Set to take place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on December 19, the auction will see a total of 333 players vying for spots in the 10 participating franchises.
Breakdown of Players
Out of the 333 players in the auction pool, 214 are Indians, while the remaining 119 are overseas cricketers. Among these players, 116 are capped, 215 are uncapped, and two hail from associate nations. The franchises will have a combined purse of ₹262.95 crore to build their teams, with a maximum of 77 slots available, including 30 for foreign players.
Players with a Base Price of ₹2 Crore
Twenty-three players have registered themselves in the top category with a base price of ₹2 crore. This list includes some prominent names from both domestic and international cricket. Here are the players in this bracket:
Harshal Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Harry Brook, Travis Head, Rilee Rossouw, Steve Smith, Gerald Coetzee, Pat Cummins, Chris Woakes, Josh Inglis, Lockie Ferguson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Adil Rashid, Rassie van der Dussen, James Vince, Sean Abbott, Jamie Overton, David Willey, Ben Duckett, and Mustafizur Rahman
Players with a Base Price of ₹1.50 Crore
In the ₹1.50 crore bracket, we have 13 cricketers who will be hoping to attract the attention of the franchises. Let's take a look at this list:
Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Worrall, Tom Curran, Marchant de Lange, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Phil Salt, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram, Wanindu Hasaranga, Jason Holder, and Sherfane Rutherford
Expectations for the Auction
The IPL 2024 auction promises to be an exciting event, with a wide array of talented players up for grabs. Several big names, including Australia's World Cup-winning stars Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Travis Head, are expected to generate substantial interest. Additionally, Indian players like Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, and Shardul Thakur will also be in high demand.
One player who has caught the attention of fans and experts alike is New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra. Known for his impressive batting performances at the World Cup earlier this year, Ravindra has set his base price at ₹50 lakh, making him an attractive prospect for the franchises.
With the franchises having different purse sizes, there will likely be intense bidding wars for the most sought-after players. Gujarat Titans (GT) boasts the highest purse of ₹38.15 crore, providing them with significant flexibility in the auction. On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will enter the auction with the smallest purse, standing at ₹13.15 crore.
As the IPL 2024 mini-auction approaches, fans are brimming with excitement to see which players will don the jerseys of their favorite franchises. The final list of shortlisted players released by the BCCI has set the stage for a thrilling auction. With notable names in the ₹2 crore and ₹1.50 crore brackets, the franchises will have a tough task ahead in assembling their squads.