The 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction will take place on 6 February and this season sees a bumper crop of talent up for grabs.
The auction has always been the best marketing tool at the IPL’s disposal. It’s a chance to tune in, appreciate the quality of player on offer and get into the mood for the action ahead.
Every competition in world cricket would wish it had this event at its disposal.
“The IPL 2016 players’ auction will start the countdown to the ninth season of one of the most popular sporting events in the world,” said IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla. “The franchises have returned to the drawing board, reworked plans and devised new strategies, over the last few months. They will have the opportunity to bid for some of the biggest names in the game.”
351 cricketers will be available for the IPL franchises to bid on 6 February in Benaluru. Of those, 230 are Indian and 121 overseas, with eight marquee players headlining the offering.
It will also be the first time we see Rising Pune Supergiants and the yet to be named team from Rajkot at the bidding table.
The players up for auction consist of 130 capped players — India 26, Australia 29, Bangladesh 5, England 7, New Zealand 9, South Africa 18, Sri Lanka 16, West Indies 20.
Two Associate players from Canada and Ireland and 219 uncapped players from India (204), Australia (9), New Zealand (1), South Africa (2) and West Indies (3) complete the list.
Franchises are permitted a maximum of 27 players in their squads. If all franchises take up their maximum allocation the 2016 auction will see 116 players bought, 36 of which could be from overseas.
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