After the conclusion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, the domestic focus shifts on the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the IPL auction.
Teams are set for a makeover with a mega IPL auction set to happen ahead of the next season. Two new franchises have also been added to the extravaganza who will get a chance to pick three players before the auction. However, the existing teams have also been allowed to retain four players and if the reports are to be believed, Delhi Capitals have zeroed in on their options.
With IPL 2022 auction will be a grand auction where the majority of the players will be going under the hammer, IPL franchises will definitely have their keen eyes on the young blood of India.
As per the retention policy of BCCI, franchises can retain up to four players and the final list has to be submitted by the teams by November 30.
As the mega auction is all set for next month, it remains to be seen teams will back which four main players for further seasons.
Here are some of the IPL auction rules:
The BCCI has also outlined how much funds will be deducted from the salary cap as per their choices of retentions.
Total Players Purse – 90 Crore
– 4 Players retained, Rs 42 crore will cut from the player purse.
– 3 retentions will lead to a reduction of Rs 33 crores
– 2 retentions will result in deduction of 24 crore from the player purse.
– 1 Retained Player: 14 crore will be deducted from the purse.
We look at three Indian players, who are likely to set the IPL auction ablaze
1. KL Rahul
Over the last few years in IPL, KL Rahul has performed to the best of his abilities for Punjab Kings. However, his superlative performances with the bat weren’t enough in helping the team reach the playoffs. Punjab Kings consistently finished at the bottom half of the table for the last three years despite KL Rahul leading the run-charts.
The stylish batter will be parting ways with PBKS and will be seen leading the new Lucknow franchise. As Lucknow and Ahmedabad have been roped in as two new IPL franchises, the talks are on that their owners are talking with star players. And, as per the reports, Rahul has agreed with the deal with Lucknow.
2. Shreyas Iyer
Mumbai lad Shreyas, who made a promising ton on his Test debut, will also
The report also stated that Shreyas Iyer opted to head to the player auction where more teams will be on the look out for him. It has also been reported that Pant is the first retained player for the Capitals with Prithvi Shaw being the second. Apart from these two, the 2020 IPL runners-up have decided to retain South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje and Axar Patel.
Iyer was, in fact, the first captain of the Delhi franchise who managed to lead them into the IPL final. The former DC skipper notched up 519 runs in 17 games in 2020 to lead his team into the title clash, where they lost to Mumbai Indians.
3. Suryakumar Yadav
The cap on the number of players that a franchise can retain is likely to result in MI letting go of their premier batsman, Suryakumar Yadav. The right-handed batsman has scored over 300 runs in every season after rejoining MI in 2018 but there are few players who have an edge over him.
The best MI can hope is buying him at the IPL auction. But they might not get a chance as the two new franchises will surely eye getting the services of one of the best white-ball cricketers in India at present.