IPL Trophy

It’s that time of the year, again. Yup, IPL auction is upon us and it’s the second time in 2018 that cricketers are going to go under the hammer. The impending general elections in India mean the next IPL season will have an early start and possibly, at an overseas venue meaning the much-awaited auction is being held on December 18 (Tuesday) in Jaipur.

From an initial hopeful 1003 cricketers, the final list has been pruned to 346 players of which 226 are Indians and 120 overseas.

There are a couple of major changes from the past auction. IPL has a different auctioneer, yup. Richard Madley has been replace by Hugh Edmeades. Next major change is the timing. While traditionally, the event starts in the morning, this time keeping in mind the ongoing India’s tour of Australia and the broadcasters intent to grab as many eyeballs as possible, it will start at 2:30 pm (IST) with the venue being Jaipur (Rajasthan).

There are 118 capped and 228 uncapped player with the highest reserve base price being INR 2 crore.

Interestingly, of the nine players who have entered their name in the top bracket, none is Indian. Among Indians, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat’s is the highest base price (INR 1.5 crore)

Players who have placed their names in the top bracket (base price INR 2 crore) include Corey Anderson, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Brendon McCullum, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and D’Arcy Short

The 346 cricketers will be vying for the 70 available spots that franchise are aiming to fill. Of those 70, only 20 slots are for overseas players. The competition is stiff.

Below is the full list of salary cap available for each of eight IPL franchises:-

Chennai Super Kings

No of Players: 23, No of Overseas Players 8, Total money spent: 73.6 cr, Salary cap available: 8.4 cr, Available slot: 2, Overseas slot: 0

Delhi Capitals

No of Players: 15, No of Overseas Players 5, Total money spent: 56.5 cr, Salary cap available: 25.5 cr, Available slot: 10, Overseas slot: 3

Kings XI Punjab

No of Players:10, No of Overseas Players 4, Total money spent: 45.8 cr, Salary cap available: 36.2 cr, Available slot: 15, Overseas slot: 4

Kolkata Knight Riders

No of Players: 13, No of Overseas Players: 3, Total money spent: 66.8 cr, Salary cap available: 15.2 cr, Available slot: 12, Overseas slot: 5

Mumbai Indians

No of Players: 18, No of Overseas Players: 7, Total money spent: 70.85 cr, Salary cap available: 11.15 cr, Available slot: 7, Overseas slot: 1

Rajasthan Royals

No of Players: 16, No of Overseas Players: 5, Total money spent: 61.05 cr, Salary cap available: 20.95 cr, Available slot: 9, Overseas slot: 3

Royal Challengers Bangalore

No of Players: 15, No of Overseas Players: 6, Total money spent:63.85 cr, Salary cap available: 18.15 cr, Available slot:10, Overseas slot: 2

Sunrisers Hyderabad

No of Players: 20, No of Overseas Players: 6, Total money spent:72.3 cr, Salary cap available: 9.70 cr, Available slot: 5, Overseas slot: 2

IPL Auction lowdown

When: December 18, 2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Start time: 2:30 pm (IST)

No. of players to go under the hammer: 346

No. of Indian cricketers: 226

No. of Overseas cricketers: 120

No. of capped cricketers: 128

No. of uncapped cricketers:218

Coverage

On TV: Star Sports Network

Online: Hotstar

Web: Cricketcountry.com