In an important decision ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions 2020, the management has brought the number of shortlisted players down from 971 to 332. The IPL auction will be held next week on December 19 in Kolkata. The final list of the registered players were sent to the eight franchises on Wednesday.
It is believed that the list features 19 capped Indian players. Robin Uthappa leads the roost among the Indians, with the highest base price of ₹ 1.5 crores.
Jaydev Unadkat, who has been the highest purchase for the past two seasons, would be available at a modest base price of ₹ 1 crore.
Apart from these, there are 24 new entrants to the auctions, that include the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Kesrick Williams, and Adam Zampa.
This will be a relatively smaller auction with only 73 slots to be filled by the eight franchises. The number of slots for the overseas players goes further down to 29. The Board is expected to upload the complete list on its website by Thursday.
Going by the past trends, experts have the belief that Glenn Maxwell, with a base price of ₹ 2 crore, might attract big bids, despite taking a break from cricket due to mental health issues. The likes of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan are expected to follow suit.
Chris Lynn, Jason Roy, and Aaron Finch are among the others who have the potential to fetch big money. Lynn, especially, has shown flair in the 20-over format during his time with Kolkata Knight Riders and would certainly find takers.
The players have been divided into two categories with the capped players appearing first, followed by the uncapped players.
While the provisional time for the auction is set at 10 am, the speculations are rife that bidding war could be pushed to a prime time slot provided the Board agrees with the broadcaster. As of now, there are no confirmations from either side.