After being released by Kings XI Punjab, star batsman Yuvraj Singh has brought his base price down to Rs 1 crore for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction to be held in Jaipur on 18 December.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Jaydev Unadkat with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore will be the highest priced Indian player available at the auction.
Nine capped overseas players have listed themselves in the maximum base price (Rs 2 crore) comprising Brendon McCullum, Lasith Malinga among others. England's emerging star Sam Curran has also been drafted into the select list for the first time.
Given the packed calendar in the first half of 2019 that includes the ICC World Cup in England, followed by the Ashes – Australian pair of Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch have opted out from the IPL auction.
Among other Indian players Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha have listed their base price at Rs 1 crore. While Ishant Sharma and Sarfraz Khan will be available at the base price of 75 lakhs and 20 lakhs respectively.
Over 1,000 players have registered for 70 available spots. Franchises will now have time until 5:00 PM IST, Monday 10th December to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final Player Auction list.
Uncertainty hovered over availability for the IPL 2019 with the dates and venue of the tournament not yet decided. Speculations suggest the 12 edition of the IPL is likely to be held between 23 March and mid-May. The venue, too, has not been finalised as the BCCI is waiting for the dates of general elections. During the 2009 and 2014 seasons of the IPL – when the competition coincided with Lok Sabha polls – the IPL was moved to South Africa and the UAE (first half of the season) respectively.