The auction for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place on February 18 in Chennai. As many as 1,097 players have registered for the auction. Among them, 814 are Indian players whereas 743 players are uncapped as well who didn’t feature in the IPL while there are 50 uncapped players too who have been featured in the league before, informed the Indian cricket board in a statement.
Meanwhile, there are 283 overseas players, where the West Indies have the most number of players among foreigners (56), which is followed by Australia (42). However, 27 players have been there from associate countries like – the USA, the UAE, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Nepal as well.
Meanwhile, base price too has been categorised the players. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is one of those 11 players who have been listed at the highest base price of INR 2 crore. The other players in the list are Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Mark Wood and Colin Ingram.
The next bracket of the price is of INR 1.5 crore, and Dawid Malan features there. Other players are – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and David Willey.
On the other hand, Arjun Tendulkar, son of the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will be there in the auction alongside S Sreesanth, the speedster who used to play the league way back before facing the ban – has a base price of 75 lakh. However, Arjun, who has recently played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month has been added with the base price of Rs 20 Lakh as well.
Meanwhile, eight IPL franchises have retained as many as 139 players whereas 57 players have been released already. While SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) have retained the highest number of players – 22, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have kept only 12 players in the team. However, Kings XI Punjab will go into the auction with the highest money in the purse – Rs.53.20 crore, followed by RCB (Rs.35.90 crore). While Rajasthan Royals will try to fill their three overseas positions with a purse remaining of Rs.34.85 crore, Chennai Super Kings have Rs.22.90 crore in their purse now.
Notably, Delhi Capitals have Rs.12.90 crore in their kitty, and Mumbai Indians have Rs. 15.35 crore whereas Kolkata Knight Riders and SRH have the least amount of money remaining as well – Rs.10.75 crore.
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