IPL 2021 Auction: The VIVO IPL 2021 Player Auction will witness a total of 292 cricketers going under the hammer in Chennai on February 18th, 2021, the BCCI confirmed in a release on Thursday. Also, eight IPL franchises – MI, CSK, RCB, RR, DC, SRH, KKR, and KXIP are ready to shower combined 196.6 Cr on buying 61 Cricketers from IPL Auctions.
Notably, 1114 cricketers had initially registered for the auction. The final list was then pruned after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players and now, the list includes 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and three from the Associate countries.
Ahead of the IPL 2021 mini-auction, we take a look at the 10 facts from the final players list that will surprise every IPL fan.
– At 16, uncapped Afghanistan left-arm wrist-spinner Noor Ahmad is the youngest player in the auction pool. Ahmad, who recently featured in the BBL for Melbourne Renegades, has listed his base price at INR 20 lakhs.
– The youngest Indian in the pool is uncapped Nagaland legspinner Khrievitso Kense, who impressed IPL scouts during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Kense, too, is in the lowest base price bracket of INR 20 lakhs.
– The oldest player to feature in the auction is 42-year-old spinner Nayan Doshi, son of former Indian left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi. Nayan, who lives in England, previously represented Saurashtra and has listed his base price at INR 20 lakhs.
– Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar who turned up for Mumbai’s T20 team recently, makes the shortlist. The left-arm pacer is available at a base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Sadiq Kirmani son of former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani will also be in the auction. The 31-year-old Sadiq, too, is a wicketkeeper-batsman and is listed for 20 Lacs.
– Former India fast bowler Sreesanth, who returned to the game recently after serving a five-year ban, is not part of the final list. Sreesanth had set his base price at INR 75 lakhs (US $103,000), having played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Kerala in January.
– Ali Khan (USA), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal) and Karthik Meiyappan (UAE) are the three Associate players who have made the cut.
– INR 2 crore Base Price – 10 Players in Fray: 2 Crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy & Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket.
– Cheteshwar Pujara available at a base price of Rs 50 lakh: India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has also made the shortlist for IPL 2021 Auction. The Saurashtra batsman will be available for a base price of Rs 50 Lakh. Pujara last played the IPL in 2014. Pujara has played for Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past.
– Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson and former South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel are part of the 17 new names to feature among the 292 players shortlisted for the 2021 IPL auction.
Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab go in with the highest available purse of INR 53.2 Cr for the nine vacant slots. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, have maximum vacancies (11) and a purse of INR 34.9 Cr to fill those. The Virat Kohli-led side had retained only 12 players (and traded two) from its current pool. Rajasthan Royals, too, have an available purse of INR 37.85 for the nine available slots they’re looking to fill.
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In a note to the franchises, the IPL said the auction, which is scheduled to start at 1500 IST, will start with the capped international players whose names will come down based on their speciality: batsmen, allrounders, wicketkeeper-batsmen, fast bowlers and spin bowlers. The same order will be followed for uncapped players.
The IPL also said that the accelerated process is set to start after player 87. “The accelerated process will cover all the unpresented players and unsold players, with the unpresented players appearing first.”