Nevertheless, the 2021 IPL auction is fast approaching. Although this is a ‘mini auction’, there is still a long way to go for the 8 different franchises, who will focus on strengthening their teams for the coming season.
The IPL 2021 auction is slated for February 18 in Chennai in a closed bio-bubble environment, and franchises are all set to buy new players ahead of IPL 14. While some franchises will focus on minor adjustments, some franchises will focus on minor adjustments. others are ready to come in for big changes with a big purse at their disposal.
Here are all the details you need to know before the auction scheduled for Thursday, February 18:
What: 2021 IPL player sales
Selling location – ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai
Time – 3:00 p.m. IST
Where to follow: Check out all live updates, squad roster, award details and final squads of all teams at TimesofIndia.com
Numbers of players – A total of 292 players are expected to come under the hammer which includes giants like Australians Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Swashbuckling batsman and current T20I World No. 1 drummer David Malan also threw his hat in the ring. As for the big names in India, Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav will be in the highest base price category (Rs 2 Crore). The pool consists of 65 capped players and 227 uncapped players with 164 Indians. Players from 10 countries are in the fray.
Hand bags – With a new identity – The Punjab Kings (previously known as Kings XI Punjab) are ready to go all out at the auction table next Thursday. After releasing 9 players including all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, the Punjab currently has the biggest purse, INR 53.2 crore. Looking for a major overhaul, the Punjab will find itself quite busy at the table.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad won’t be able to splurge this time around, as the two teams only have INR 10.75 crore each in their prize pool – the lowest purse among franchises.
Base price – Players have been divided into 5 tiers in terms of base price, ranging from INR 50 lakhs to INR 2 crores.
|Base price (INR)||Total||Indians||Abroad|
Here’s a look at how franchises are currently preparing for auctions:
Kings of Punjab
Selected players – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel
Available locations – 9
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Selected players – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Player (s) traded – Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from the capitals of Delhi
Available locations – 11
Selected players – Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan
Available locations – 7
Chennai Super Kings
Selected players – MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R. Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Player (s) traded – Robin Uthappa of the Royals of Rajasthan
Available locations – 6
Royals of Rajasthan
Selected players – Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra
Available locations – 9
Calcutta knight horsemen
Selected players – Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakarav Timarthi, Seif Russell, Andre .
Available locations – 8
Selected players – David Warner, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, W Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Available locations – 3
Selected players – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes
Available locations – 8