As much as 13 Indian cricketers will be available for the IPL 2018 player auction for a base price of INR 2 crore. The 11th edition of the IPL will include star performers such as – Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma.
Apart from the 13 Indians, 23 overseas cricketers are also part of the top bracket of INR 2 crore for the player auction of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, making it a total of 36 players in the auction top bracket.
As per reports by the Economic Times, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said, “A lot of strategizing and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the player auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting.”
A record 1,122 players had plied for their trade in the cash-rich Indian Twenty20 league. And with the player auction set to take place on 27 and 28 January in Bengaluru, a huge pool of 578 players will go under the hammer. A total of 200 players were set to finalise their IPL deals in the 2018 season, and with the teams already having retained 18 players collectively in IPL retention, now 182 remaining slots will be contested aggressively.
The final list of 578 players consists of 360 Indian players (62 capped and 298 uncapped), and 218 foreign players (182 capped, 34 uncapped, and 2 players from Associate Nations).
Some of the overseas players in the top bracket of INR 2 crore include – Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Al Hasan.
During the IPL player retention last month, all the eight franchises had retained a total of 18 players. Resultantly, now each franchise is remaining with two to three Right-to-Match (RTM) cards, based on the number of players retained by them.