In a In latest cricket update, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially announced that the mini-auction for the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be held in Dubai on December 19. This marks the inaugural occasion when the IPL auction will be conducted on foreign soil, adding an international flair to the bidding spectacle.
Player Registration Soars: 1166 Cricketers Eye Coveted IPL Spots
A staggering 1166 players have thrown their hats into the ring for the upcoming auction, making it a highly competitive event. According to the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, this auction will serve as the final mini-auction before the grand mega auction slated for the next season. Among the hopefuls, 30 overseas players will be vying for 77 available slots, and the 10 participating teams collectively possess a whopping budget of Rs 262.95 crore.
The auction promises high-voltage drama with World Cup-winning Australian stars Travis Head, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc entering the fray. Each of these cricketing giants has set their base price at Rs 2 crore, adding an extra layer of excitement to the bidding war. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s rising young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra, who made waves in the World Cup 2023 with an outstanding performance, comes with a base price of Rs 50 crore. Ravindra’s stellar record includes scoring 543 runs and claiming 5 wickets in 10 matches, capturing the attention of IPL franchises.
As the anticipation builds, the IPL organising committee is set to streamline the extensive list of players, providing a shortlist of the most coveted talents. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide await the unveiling of this exclusive list, highlighting the players who will take center stage in the auction proceedings.
Trade Window Dynamics: Historic Transfers Reshape IPL Landscape
The recent trade window has witnessed historic transfers that have reshaped the IPL landscape. Notably, Hardik Pandya, who led the Gujarat Titans to glory in IPL 2022 and steered them to the final in 2023, has made a triumphant return to the Mumbai Indians in an all-cash deal—a move that set the trading window abuzz. In another noteworthy exchange, Australian all-rounder Cameron Green has been traded from Mumbai Indians to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Teams have been strategically releasing and retaining players, creating a dynamic and competitive prelude to the upcoming auction.
As a consequence of the Hardik Pandya trade, the Gujarat Titans are armed with the most substantial purse, boasting an impressive Rs 38.15 crore. Following closely are the Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, equipped with Rs 31.4 crore and Rs 28.95 crore, respectively. The team purses reveal a thrilling narrative of financial strategies that will unfold during the auction.
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