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Franchises wary of right squad composition at IPL auction

The auction has been an important feature of the IPL since its inception. It often decides a team's fate for that year's tournament.

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Photo: @IPL Twitter
Photo: @IPL Twitter

Eight franchises will battle to find the right squad composition as a big pool of 578 cricketers, including 360 Indians, will go under the hammer in the (IPL) auction here on Saturday and Sunday.

Marquee Players Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, and Shakib Al Hasan, each priced at Rs 20 million - will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow.

Amongst others: India's Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, and Lokesh Rahul; from Afghanistan, West Indies' and and Australian Adam Zampa, who have the skills of turning a match around on their own, will be the crucial players to look out for.

Earlier, all the franchises had retained some of their players while taking a calculated risk in releasing most of them. For capped players, the base price is Rs 5 million, while for uncapped players, the auction will begin from Rs 2 million.

At the outset, 26 players from England, 58 from Australia, 30 from and 57 from had registered for the auction, taking the overseas players to 282.

has 13 players on the list while there are 39 from and an equal number from the

and have eight and seven players respectively who will be hoping to go under the hammer.

Starc, who ended his association with the Royal Challengers (RCB) ahead of the last IPL, too has entered the auction that also includes Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, and

Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel are the few South Africans who are also part of the list.

The in-form and Shane Watson, who was mulling calling time on his IPL career last year, too have entered the race with Mitchell Johnson, who has retired from international but continues to play in the

Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the last year or so, too will be part of the auction, apart from his Sri Lankan mates and

Kane Williamson, and from will add their charm to the league.

Among the Indians, a fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off-spinners Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep and openers and go under the hammer.

India's winners Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have continued to shine despite being out of the reckoning. They will also attract strong bids.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 21:02 IST