IPL 2014 Auctions: 233 capped players to go under the hammer
On Monday, a register of capped players, has been released by the BCCI to the franchises. This register has a total of 233 names, which consists of players from 10 countries. These include:
Sri Lanka 39
West Indies 29
South Africa 28
New Zealand 18
Although the list of uncapped players have not been released as yet.
Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith are the significant absentees from this list. No IPL officials were available to comment as to why these top international players have been excluded. But it is clear that IPL no longer see them as players that would be suited for the high intensity T20 format.
Michael Clarke has always been a reluctant participant in the T20 extravaganza, in which he did not participate in the first 3 season. On the insistence of Sourav Ganguly he agreed to play for the Pune Warriors thereafter. Although he missed out on the whole of last years tournament due to an injury.
Kumar Sangakkara was the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, but such was his form that he had to drop himself from the squad on several occasions last season. He was also left out of the squad for the Champions League Twenty20 by the Sunrisers.
Graeme Smith exclusion might not come as that big a surprise, as the veteran left-handed batsman only plays Test cricket for his country.
The IPL has also released the base prices of these capped players, which range anywhere from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 2 crore.
Seasoned campaigners like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, George Bailey, Mitchell Johnson, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Mike Hussey, Brendon McCullum and Tilakaratne Dilshan have kept their price at Rs. 2 crores.
Some non-marquee players like Pragyan Ojha, Ashish Nehra, Manoj Tiwary, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Robin Uthappa, Murali Vijay, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ross Taylor, Shaun March, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Angelo Mathews and Samit Patel have also backed themselves for the top-bracket of Rs 2 crores.
Alex Hales, despite being the World number 1 in the ICC T20 rankings for batsman, has not really established himself in the other formats of the game. Neither is he a renowned player of spin bowling which you expect in the IPL. So, it has come up as a surprise that he has priced himself at Rs 2 crores.
Corey Anderson, who has been touted as the biggest thing in the forthcoming auction has undervalued himself at just Rs 1 crore placing himself in the third rung.
Some Mumbai players like Pinal Shah, Wasim Jaffer, Ramesh Powar, Abhishek Nayar have all priced themselves at just Rs 30 lakh.
The base price of uncapped players are yet to be released, although it has been reported that it will range from 10 to 30 lakhs.