Very soon, global cricket media channels will zoom in on the South Asian city of Kolkata. The city has been picked as the place where BCCI will be auctioning top players for the Indian Premier League. As ESPN Cricinfo reports, the location was preferred over Bengaluru. A month before the December 19 event, on November 14, the trading window will be closed.
What is on the cards for the biggest game celebrities? In anticipation of the 13th IPL, all cricket media, including Sportsadda Com, have begun voicing their guesses. The auction is always a major news story, as it decides the fate of most adored players. Sign up for news updates and stay in the loop. Let’s look at the most probable developments in the winter auction.
The Build-up to the Event
According to the rules, by the middle of November, all the teams participating in the IPL auction will have informed the governing body of whom they wish to release or keep. At the start, each club was given a limited amount to spend on their purchases — Rs. 85 crore.
But that’s not all. In addition to this, each franchise may use Rs. 3 crores plus the balance they have retained since the same event last year. The latter is what enables us to now predict the biggest spenders.
So far, the media have identified the three biggest potential spenders among the franchises. The holder of the largest available funds is the Delhi Capitals, whose funds amount to Rs. 8.2 crores. They are followed by Rajasthan Royals, who are currently in possession of Rs. 7.15 crores.
In the third place, come Kolkata Knight Riders. This team has already won the world title twice, and now has Rs. 6.05 crores in their wallet. Here is the order in which the other teams are ranked according to the funds:
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (5.3)
- Kings XI Punjab (3.7)
- Chennai Super Kings (3.2)
- Mumbai Indians, (3.05)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.8).
Most Coveted Cricketers
So, which players are now most in demand? These three cricket names will most probably receive the largest bids from the participants.
- Tom Banton
A highlight of local sports news, no less prominent than the World Cup or the Ashes this year, has been this 20-year-old’s amazing strokeplay in the domestic season in England. By the end of the T20, Banton had amassed 549 runs (with 42.23 as average and 161.47 in strike-rate). Ultimately, he was named the second-best run-getter, and the PCA Young Player of the Year.
- Mitchell Starc
Despite the absence from the IPL for four seasons, the white-ball bowler is extremely popular. He can nail the yorkers incredibly fast, which makes him a formidable opponent for most batsmen. Additionally, Starc is no less skilled with the new ball.
Last year, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping INR 9.4 crores. Unable to perform as a consequence of a leg injury, he has since recovered and is ready for a comeback with a vengeance. He is also scheduled to visit New Zealand with the England team for T20.
- Shahrukh Khan
This rising young star boasts a praiseworthy strike rate (138.53), a number of immaculate TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League) seasons completed, and impressive results in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His finisher skills are more than decent. Last year, the six-hitter took third place on the list of most sixes in the TNPL.