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Friday, December 23, 2022

Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, and Cameron Green are in the spotlight as 405 cricket players are auctioned off in the IPL

IPL Auction: Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Cameron Green in spotlight as 405 cricketers go under the hammer

 KOCHI: The ten IPL franchises need to spend some serious cash once more to improve their teams for the upcoming season. The IPL mini-auctions are underway, and Kochi, a non-IPL center, serves as the venue this time.

This is a smaller event than the mega auctions of last year, with only 87 slots available from a list of 405 cricketers. There is a tightrope walk at the auction table as the 10 franchises are left with Rs 206.5 crore to fill the vacant slots.

Although the Kolkata Knight Riders' purse is the lowest, at Rs 7.05 crore, they still need to fill 11 slots, including three from overseas players. Because they have the most slots to fill and the largest purse (available balance of Rs 42.25 crore), Sunrisers Hyderabad are almost certainly going to be the biggest movers at this year's auction.

Some top players have made themselves available for this year's IPL, so the less money won't slow down the bidding. There will be intense competition to acquire the best cricketers because at least some franchises intend to restructure their teams.

On Friday, the Englishmen, who won the T20 world championship a month ago, will be the most sought-after players. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Harry Brook, a promising young batsman, and the cunning leg-spinner Adil Rashid have all been penciled in.

Expected intense bidding for allrounders The most intense bidding is anticipated for allrounders. With a base price of Rs 2 crore, franchises want players like Stokes, Curran, Cameron Green from Australia, and Jimmy Neesham from New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan, who is from Bangladesh and has a net worth of 1.5 million dollars, and Sikander Raza, who is from Zimbabwe, both have net worths of fifty thousand dollars.

England's Brook (base price 1.5 crore), who led England to victory over Pakistan in the ODI and Test series, will be in high demand among batters. Although he is not your typical T20 batsman, Sunrisers Hyderabad released Kane Williamson (2 crore), who is a proven customer in the format. His experience leading the Black Caps will make him an obvious choice for franchises looking for a new captain.

Travis Head has developed into an explosive batsman for Australia across all formats, and his capacity for big hits may lead to a high demand for him.

Legspinner Adil Rashid, who makes $2 million, and Australian Adam Zampa, who makes $1 million, will be at the top of the bowlers' bucket lists. Two left-arm seamers, Recce Topley ($75 lakh) and Australia's Jhye Richardson ($2 crore), may elicit a competitive bidding war among pacers.

Mayank Agarwal (1 crore) is expected to lead the list of Indian cricketers who will be on the priority list of franchises, according to the Punjab Kings management.

The extent to which some franchises will go to acquire talented uncapped Indian cricketers like Naryan Jagadeesan (Tamil Nadu), Yash Thakur (Vidarbha), Samrath Vyas (Saurashtra), Rohan Kunnummal (Kerala), Mukesh Kumar, and Ishan Porel (Bengal), among others, will be interesting to watch.

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