The auction for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to take place on December 23rd in Kochi. The BCCI on Tuesday announced a list of 405 players who are set to go under the hammer in Kochi this year.
There were a total of 991 players who had registered for the marquee event, from which 369 players were shortlisted by the BCCI. But upon the request of the 10 franchises, an additional 36 players were added to the auction list, which meant that 405 players will try their luck in the auction.
The ten franchises can pick at most 87 players from the available pool of 405, with 30 of those reserved for overseas stars. 273 of the 405 players are Indian, and 132 come from abroad, including four from associate countries. There are 119 total capped players, 282 uncapped players, and 4 from associate countries.
The big caveat though is that only 86 players are certain to go under the hammer on auction day, while the rest of the talent pool will go through an accelerated process. In this phase, all franchises can submit a list of players (unpresented/unsold) that they want to pick.
The BCCI said that the player auction will commence with the full round of Capped players by specialism – batsmen, all-rounders, wicket-keepers/batsmen, fast bowlers, and spin bowlers – and then move into a full specialism round of uncapped players.
19 players have set the maximum base price of 2 crores including England stars Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Australian wonderkid Cameron Green. 11 players are on the auction list with a base price of 1.5 crores, while Manish Pandey and Mayank Agarwal are the two Indians in the list of 20 cricketers in the 1 crore bracket.
Apart from India, England has the highest number of players at the auction with 27, while South Africa and Australia have 22 and 21 cricketers respectively.
IPL is tentatively scheduled in late March with playoffs and finals set for May 2023 end.