Bengaluru, Jan 30: As many as 351 cricketers will be part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 Players Auction here on February 6, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday (January 30). (Team-wise funds available for auction)
"The VIVO IPL 2016 Player Auction will take place on February 6 in Bengaluru. This year's player auction will see as many as 351 cricketers go under the hammer. On the list are 230 Indian players and 121 overseas players for the franchises to choose from," BCCI said in a media advisory today.
"There are 8 marquee players, including 2 Indians. The 2016 Player Auction will also be the first for the two new IPL teams, Rising Pune Supergiants and Team Rajkot," it added.
IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, said: "The VIVO IPL 2016 Player Auction will kick-start the countdown to the ninth season of one of the most popular sporting events in the world. 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."
Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma, Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn (base price - Rs 1.5 crore), Aaron Finch (Rs 1 crore), Martin Guptill (Rs 50 lakh) and Dwayne Smith (Rs 50 lakh) are the 8 marquee players. Ishant, Yuvraj, Pietersen and Watson have a base price of Rs 2 crore each.
The breakdown of the 351 cricketers on the auction list is as following
130 Capped players - India 26, Australia 29, Bangladesh 5, England 7, New Zealand 9, South Africa 18, Sri Lanka 16, West Indies 20
2 Associate players - Canada & Ireland
219 Uncapped Players - India 204, Australia 9, New Zealand 1, South Africa 2, West Indies 3
In terms of available spots if every franchise were to have the maximum of 27 players in their squad, 116 players will be taken in the Auction (of which up to 36 may be overseas players).