A whopping 1097 players will potentially go under the hammer in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2021 mini-auction. It is a staggering number considering it is the mini-auction and franchises will merely look to fill gaps. Out of the 1097 cricketer, 207 are capped players while 863 are uncapped and 27 are from Associate nations. Sreesanth – who is making a comeback to cricket – is placed in the capped players category. Also Read – Arjun Tendulkar to Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 Auction: Reasons Why Defending Champs Would Bid For Sachin Tendulkar’s Son in IPL 14 Mini Auction
“The IPL Player Registration closed on 4th February 2021 with 1097 players (814 Indian and 283 overseas players) signing up to be a part of the IPL 2021 Player Auction set to take place in Chennai on 18th February. The auction will begin from 3 pm onwards,” a BCCI release stated. Also Read – IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians to Chennai Super Kings, Franchises That Could Target Arjun Tendulkar in Mini Auction in February in Chennai
“The player’s list incorporates 207 capped, 863 uncapped, and 27 Associate players. The detailed list is: capped Indian (21 players), capped International (186 players), Associate (27 players), Uncapped Indian players who have played at least 1 IPL match (50 players), Overseas uncapped players who have played at least 1 IPL match (2 players), Uncapped Indians (743 players) and Uncapped International (68 players),” the release added. Also Read – Arjun Tendulkar Registers For IPL 2021 Auction, Sets Base Price at Rs 20 Lakh
Fifty-six West Indies players will be up for grabs – the highest from any nation. They are followed by Australia. Forty-two cricketers from Australia will go under the hammer, while 38 South African players will have their fortunes at stake on February 18.
Some big names like Steve Smith and Kedar Jadhav will also go under the hammer after being released by their respective teams.
The fourteenth season of the IPL will take place in India and reports suggest it will start tentatively around April 11. Nothing on this is confirmed.
The auction process is scheduled to start at 3 PM.
It would be interesting to see if Chennai Super Kings show interest in Steve Smith or not. Speculations are that CSK would look at Smith as Shane Watson’s replacement.
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