IPL auction for 2015 edition on February 16

The verdict might be out on the court case surrounding Indian Premier League (IPL) but everything seems to be normal with the build-up to the 2015 tournament. According to the report on ESPNCricinfo, the 2015 IPL player auction will be held on February 16 in Bangalore. However, there was no clarity on the number of players involved in the pool of the auctions. It is because the deadline for franchises to trim the original list was deferred to February 4, 2015.

The report says that Indian stars Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik along with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen and South Africa’s Test captain Hashim Amla have attracted the highest base price of INR 20,000,000. An additional purse of INR 30,000,000 will be available to each franchise over and above the balance accrued from the INR 600,000,000 last year along with the amount generated from the release of players.

This year’s auction will be a much shorter event unlike last year, when it was a two-day affair. The big spenders could be Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who released some big names in the trading period. are Delhi released 13 players and they have a maximum purse available of INR 400,000,000 while Bangalore have INR 210,000,000 in their purse. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have INR 208,500,000 while Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have INR 130,000,000 each; Kings XI Punjab have INR 118,000,000, Mumbai Indians (MI) have INR 100,000,000 and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have INR 50,000,000.

In the reportedly long list of 724 names to be auctioned are England one-day captain Eoin Morgan, Indian allrounder Irfan Pathan, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka batsman Tillkaratne Dilshan, West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels, and Australia batsman Cameron White, all of whom have a base price of INR 15,000,000. England allrounder Ravi Bopara, Australia’s Twenty20 captain Finch, India seamer Zaheer Khan fall in the INR 10,000,000 bracket while Murali Vijay opted for a base price of INR 5,000,000.