Mumbai: The big names of cricket in modern times like England Test captain Ben Stokes, all-rounder Sam Curran, Australian Cameron Green, and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson are among the players with the maximum reserve price of INR 2 crore. A total of 991 players, including 714 Indians and 277 overseas, have registered to be a part of the IPL 2023 player auction, which is scheduled to take place on December 23 in Kochi.
Aside from Stokes, Curran, Green and Williamson, the likes of Nicholas Poran, Chris Jordan, Reilly Rosso and Rassi van der Dusen are the other notable names among the 21 players included in the highest category.
One notable exception from the extensive list is Australian veteran Mitchell Stark who did not score. On the other hand, Australia’s Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins withdrew earlier due to workload issues.
IPL player registration closes on 30 November 2022, the long list includes 185 cap players, 786 capless players and 20 players from Associate Nations.
As per the BCCI version, the players are divided into different categories – Certified Indians (19 players), Internationals (166), Associates (20), Non-designated Indians who were part of previous IPL seasons (91), Non-designated internationals who were part of IPL seasons Ex (3), Indians uncapped (604 players), Uncapped internationals (88 players).
Notably, if each franchise has a maximum of 25 players in its lineup, 87 players are available for purchase in the auction (30 of which can be overseas players).
In what is a first, not a single Indian player has been listed in the top Rs 2 crore reserve price range. Among the registered Indian players, those with a base price of Rs 1 crore are Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.
Indian national players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma, who weren’t quite in the scheme of things just yet, have lowered their auction prices. Rahane’s base price this time around is Rs 50 lakh while Ishant, who is yet to be sold in 2022, is asking for Rs 75 lakh.
Left arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who was among the highest paid bowlers in IPL auctions, has listed his starting price at Rs 50 lakh. Unadkat, who has been in fine form after leading Saurashtra to the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, where he was a leading wicket-taker, has been released by the Mumbai Indians, who have bought him for ₹1.3 crore in 2022.
Last month, franchises announced their list of retained and released players, and Sunrisers had the largest purse (Rs. 42.25 crore) for auction, followed by Punjab (Rs. 32.20 crore), Lucknow (Rs. 23.35 crore), Mumbai (Rs. 20.55 crore), Chennai (20.45 crores), Delhi (19.45 crores), Gujarat (19.25 crores), Rajasthan Royal (13.2 crores), RCB (8.75 crores) and KKR (7.05 crores).
List of 2 crore: Nathan Coulter-Neil, Cameron Greene, Travis Head, Chris Lane, Tom Banton, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Timal Mills, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Adel Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesam, Ken Williamson, Riley Russo, Rassi van der Dusen, Angelo Matthews, Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder.
List of 1.5 Crore: Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith, J Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hassan, Harry Brock, Will Jack, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Chervan Rutherford
List of 1 Crore: Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Muhammad Nabi, Mujibur Rahman, Moises Henriques, Andrew Taye, Joe Root, Luke Wood, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Classen Shamsi Tabriz, Kosal Pereira, Ruston Chase, Rakim Cornwall, Shay Hope, Akil Hussain, David Weiss