The two-day player auction for IPL 2022 will start at 11 am in Bangalore on Saturday. The final list is based on who the franchises want the auctioneer to name when the bidding begins. The auction list must include the names of the players who are already mentioned in one franchise.
Franchises have already paid Rs 384.5 crore from a total of Rs 900 crore on retaining/drafting cricketers. As a result, a balance auction price of Rs 515.5 crore will be spent this weekend.
The auction has a total of 590 players, whittled down from a total of 1,214 who registered. There are 370 Indians and 220 foreign players among them. Seven of the international players are from countries that are members of the International Cricket Council. Furthermore, there are 228 capped players and 355 uncapped players.
The rules of the auction remain the same. With the high volume of registered player, the event will implement the acceleration auction rule.
After the auction of the top 160 players, they will feature players who the franchises demanded. The classification of players is in order of batters, pacers, spinners, all-rounders, and wicketkeeper-batsmen until listing the top 160 players. There will be a separate call for cricketers who have not yet played for their country.
Between Saturday and Sunday, expect some lesser-known names to become millionaires.
There are 127 players in top demand, including:
- There are 48 players with a base price of Rs 2 crore, with 17 of them Indians.
- The base price for 20 players, including three Indians, is Rs 1.5 crore.
- 34 players have a base price of Rs 1 cr, including 10 Indians.
- 25 cricketers have Rs 75 lakh base price, out of which 5 are Indians.
The remaining 463 cricketers have a value between Rs 20 and Rs 50 lakh.
Ishan Kishan, Warner, Shreyas Iyer, Quinton de Kock, Jason Holder, and Trent Boult, are among the top-demanded players.
There are some rising talents in the last category. Rajyavardhan Hangargekar, the U-19 World Cup-winning captain Yash Dhull, pacer Avesh Khan, and Shahrukh Khan are among them. Moreover, there are also some talented young people from other countries.
The player auction in 2022 will be unique. Unlike last time, there is little chance of further expansion in the number of teams. Hence, it’s also doubtful that the IPL’s governing council will ask franchise owners to disband a team they’re currently assembling.