IPL auction set to take place in Kolkata

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 18, 2019, 08:17 PM IST

IPL 2019. Photograph:(PTI)

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A total of 186 Indians and 146 overseas players will be up for grabs but only a maximum of 73 will be bought.

One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Indian cricket calendar will take place on Thursday in Kolkata as 332 players undergo the hammer at the players' auction for IPL 2020.

Nine hundred and ninety-seven cricketers from across the globe had registered for the auction and the list has been subsequently pruned based on the shortlist of players submitted by the eight franchises.

A total of 186 Indians and 146 overseas players will be up for grabs but only a maximum of 73 will be bought, of which only 29 can be non-Indians.

Kings XI Punjab has the maximum purse available - 42 points, seven crore rupees for a maximum of nine players. While defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings have the lowest kitty of around 13 and 14 crores respectively.

There are seven players with the maximum base price of 2 crores - all of them overseas, while only one Indian features in the next highest category of 1.5 crores which has ten names.

IPL 2020 will be the last season before teams undergo a comprehensive squad overhaul in next year's auction.

Australians will be in high demand and none more so than Glenn Maxwell - the world's number 2 ranked all-rounder in the format and pacer Pat Cummins. Aussie captain Aaron Finch opted out of the last IPL while fellow opening batsman Chris Lynn was released by Kolkata Knight Riders but should garner significant bids as should wicket-keeper Alex Carey.

West Indians are always in high demand, and some of the top performers from the ongoing series against India have seen the stocks rise among them are batsman Shimron Hetmeyer, pacers Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh.

Eoin Morgan's white-ball form this year has been magnificent and the England captain should interest sides like Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals who are looking for experienced leaders in the middle order.

Jason Roy is an established opener, while Trom Bantom made big waves in this year's T-20 blast.

All-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curran should also fetch big bids.