Ahead of IPL’s mega-auction on January 27-28, the IPL has announced the final list of 578 players who would go under the hammer next week. Before the IPL registration closed in January 12, as many as 1122 players had thrown in their hat that had 778 Indians, which is now reduced to 360.
IPL has opened the gates wide open ahead of its eleventh edition with heavy names like Kieron Pollard, Ben Stokes, Dwayne Bravo, and Glenn Maxwell all made available for the clubs to bid for in the mega-auction. While exciting uncapped names, Jofra Archer and Prithvi Shaw will be seen going under the hammer for lower prices, clubs will have a renewed chance to get their hands on stars like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan to start from the scratch, who all weigh above 2 crores.
As has always been the case, Australian players would be leading the list after India with stars. While the big names like Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron White and more fall under the overseas bracket of the 2 crore base price, the likes of Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, and Shaun Marsh have their base price at 1.5 crores.
With no domestic or international matches clashing with the IPL as such, a flurry of English stars is also seen on the list. While the elite 2 crore club is led by Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, skipper Joe Root, all-rounder Moeen Ali and exciting wicketkeeper/opener Jos Buttler will be seen in the 1.5 crore bracket.
South Africa will see the return of Quinton de Kock after a season in IPL who will lead the list with a base price of 2
While Kiwis see the likes of Kane Williamson and Trent Boult in the 1.5 crore group, the biggest buy from there would definitely be Brendon McCullum. T20 specialist West Indies saw only Sunil Narine and Andre Russell being retained by KKR, which leaves the likes Chris Gayle (2crs), Evin Lewis (1.5cr), Kieron Pollard (2cr), Carlos Brathwaite (1cr), Dwayne Smith (2cr) and Dwayne Bravo (1cr), all available for the bidding war.
However, the biggest shopping ground will be India itself that has 360 names in it. It features exciting names in the likes of KL Rahul (2cr), Manish Pandey (1cr), Ajinkya Rahane (2cr), Kuldeep Yadav (1.5 cr), Yuzvendra Chahal (2cr) and many more.