With the 2020 IPL round the corner its time for the mini-auction to fill the voids in each team. Even though each team has retained its core set of players, they will still look to add some ammunition to their ranks.
Statistical review of the auction.
A total of 332 cricketers will battle it out for the 73 spots up for grabs in the different franchises. Out of these 79 spots, only 29 spots are for foreign players. Out of these 332 players,186 are Indian, while 146 overseas players are also featuring in the auction.
This auction is only for a year, a major reshuffling of teams will take place post this year’s tournament.
Date time and location.
The auction is scheduled to take place in the capital city of Kolkata. It will start at 2:30 pm IST on the 19th of December.
Where to watch.
Star Sports has bagged the rights to telecast the live stream of the proceedings.
While it can be watched online on Hotstar.
Top picks for the auction.
In the batting department expect Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Banton, Aaron Finch, Eoin Morgan, and Jason Roy to go for big bucks. Teams will prefer them because of their explosive batting style.
In the bowling department, we can expect Pat Cummings, Dale Steyn, Sheldon Cottrell, and Isuru Udana to attract the highest bids.
As far as Indian players are concerned Devdutt Paddical, Jaydev Unadkat, Hanuma Vihari, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan to go for big bids.
What to expect from different teams.
Kings XI Punjab has the maximum amount of money to spend. They have Rs 42.70 crore with which they will look to make some exciting picks. Mumbai Indians have the lowest amount available but they don’t either need to rope in too many players.
Chennai has only 5 spots remaining with them so expect them to have a lukewarm auction. KKR will be tempted to find a replacement for Chris Lynn, while KXIP will have to find fast bowlers as they don’t have many at their disposal.