A number of big names including the likes of Brendon McCullum, Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn are among the 346 players who will go under the hammer during the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Jaipur on 18 December.
While 1,003 players had initially registered, the final list has been pruned after the eight franchises submitted their shortlists of players.
According to a BCCI release, with Rs 2 crore as the highest reserve price, nine overseas players — McCullum, Chris Woakes, Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, D'Arcy Short — have opted to be slotted in the highest bracket.
Jaydev Unadkat, last season's top Indian grosser with a whopping final bid amount of Rs 11.5 crore, leads the pack among Indian players with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Former Kings XI Punjab all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel have set their base price at Rs 1 crore.
With Rs 1.5 crore as the base price, Steyn and Morne Morkel will hope to return to action for the 12th season of the IPL. Among the Indian quicks, Mohammed Shami has set his base price at Rs 1 crore while Ishant Sharma will invite the first bid at Rs 75 lakh.
Here’s everything you need to know about the IPL 2019 player auction:
When is the IPL 2019 auction taking place?
The IPL player 2019 auction is scheduled to be held on 18 December.
Where is the IPL 2019 player auction taking place?
The IPL 2019 auction will be taking place in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
When does the IPL 2019 auction start?
The IPL 2019 auctions start at 2.30 pm IST.
How do I tune into the live coverage of the IPL 2019 player auction on TV?
The 2019 IPL auction will be broadcast live on Star Sports Network.
How to tune into live streaming of the IPL 2019 player auction in India?
The IPL 2019 auctions live streaming will be available on Hotstar.com. You can also tune into live coverage of the event on Firstpost.com.
Here’s a quick glance at the eight franchises and their players released and retained, as well as salary caps:
Players retained: Steve Smith, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror.
Players released: D'Arcy Short, Heinrich Klaasen, Ben Laughlin, Dane Peterson, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, and Jatin Saxena.
Available slots: Indian - 6, Overseas - 3
Available purse: Rs 20.95 crore.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Players retained: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna.
Players released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Javon Searles, Cameron Delport, Vinay Kumar, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhede.
Available slots: Indian - 7, Overseas - 5
Available purse: Rs. 15.20 crore.
Players retained: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult
Players released: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Junior Dala, Liam Plunkett, Mohammed Shami, Sayan Ghosh, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Naman Ojha
Available slots: 10 (Indian 7, Overseas 3)
Available purse: Rs 25.50 crore
Players retained: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan
Players released: Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Available slots: 5 (Indian 3, Overseas 2).
Available purse: Rs 9.70 crore.
Chennai Super Kings
Players retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Players released: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma
Available slots: 2; Indian 2, Overseas 0
Available purse: Rs 8.40 crore.
Players retained: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff
Players released: Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Akila Dananjaya
Available slots: 7; Indian 6, Overseas 1.
Available purse: 11.15 crore.
Kings XI Punjab
Players retained: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin
Players released: Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar and Manzoor Dar
Available slots: 15; Indian 11, Overseas 4
Available purse: Rs 36.20 crore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Players retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya
Players released: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Quinton de Kock, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Sarfraz Khan.
Available slots: 10; Indian 8, Overseas 2
Available purse: Rs 18.15 crore.
With inputs from IANS