Fans of cricket are eagerly anticipating the IPL 2024 auction set to take place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Adding to the anticipation, the IPL’s official Instagram page recently shared a sneak peek of the highly sought-after IPL 2024 trophy, showcased in all its splendor against the vibrant backdrop of Dubai.
In a visually captivating video, the renowned IPL trophy toured through Dubai, visiting prominent landmarks and displaying its grandeur. The choice to hold this year’s auction abroad, specifically in Dubai, represents a groundbreaking initiative by the BCCI. This underscores their dedication to organizing unforgettable events.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 Trophy Sparkles in Dubai
Fears regarding the availability of hotels during the wedding season led to the decision to relocate to Dubai, as per sources. The excitement is compounded by the upcoming IPL season marking the culmination of a three-year player contract, with a significant auction anticipated in the following year.
Introducing a groundbreaking element to the upcoming event, there is speculation that Mallika Sagar, who previously served as the auctioneer in the Women’s Premier League, is poised to make history as the first female auctioneer in the IPL. This development arises following health issues faced by the renowned auctioneer Hugh Edmeades during the 2022 auction. The mini-IPL auction is set to feature 333 cricketers, with 214 being Indians and 119 from overseas. All these players are competing for the remaining 77 slots across the 10 teams. Notably, the Kolkata Knight Riders, two-time champions, currently possess the highest number of vacant slots at 12. Each franchise is strategically working to reinforce their squads while adhering to the maximum limit of 25 players.
The auction features a diverse selection of top-tier players, with the highest reserve price set at ₹2 crore. Recognizable figures such as Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Harshal Patel, and Shardul Thakur, all members of the ODI World Cup-winning team, are included in this premium category. The players are classified with base prices spanning from ₹1.5 crores to ₹20 lakhs. The auction anticipates spirited bidding for these highly sought-after talents.