Excitement Builds for IPL 2024 Auction with 333 Players Competing for 77 Spots
Even though it’s a small auction for IPL 2024, they need to pick 77 players from a group of 333.
All eyes in world cricket will be on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction happening on December 19. Even though it’s a mini-auction, 333 players are vying for 77 available slots. Among these players, 214 are from India, and 119 are from other countries, including 2 from associate nations. There are a total of 116 capped players, 215 uncapped players, and 2 from associate nations. The auction will also see the selection of 30 overseas players. Leading up to the IPL 2024 auction, much of the speculation about the highest bid has focused on overseas players.
Australia’s Mitchell Starc is expected to attract a significant bid in the auction. Yet, according to former Indian cricket team coach and captain Anil Kumble, he believes that the bidding may not surpass the Rs 20 crore mark.
“No, I don’t think the bidding will go beyond the Rs 20-crore mark. In a squad of 25 players with eight being overseas players, I believe that one-third of the budget should be allocated to overseas players,” stated Anil Kumble on Jio Cinema.
“I believe it’s something that should happen eventually. Otherwise, there will be a lot of inequality in the auction. I understand that overseas fans may not be pleased with what I’m saying, but I think it’s crucial to establish that as a benchmark,” expressed Anil Kumble.
Anil Kumble proposed an interesting idea to narrow the gap.
Anil Kumble added, “Have a separate purse for overseas players, or else you’ll witness a significant gap, with 50% or 60% of the squad having options for only four players.”
“With eight Indian players now being part of the playing XI, it will be beneficial, especially in these smaller auctions. The challenge will be to address this gap, and inevitably, attention will turn to overseas players,” explained Anil Kumble.
Players can enter the bidding with a starting price as low as Rs 2 crore, with anticipation that the top players will command significantly higher amounts. There is much speculation about who will receive substantial rewards.
Though it’s a mini-event, there will undoubtedly be some substantial money spent and significant moves made. This is due to the types of players that certain teams have released and the presence of big names in the auction pool. This year’s auction includes both well-known players and promising young talents, setting the stage for potential bidding wars.