A total of 578 players will vie for the available 182 slots at the two-day 2018 VIVO Player auction which begins in Bengaluru on Saturday and the list includes 36 players from India and overseas who have opted for the highest base price of Rs two crore each.
In all, 62 capped Indians, 298 uncapped Indians, 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and two from Associate nations will go under the hammer at the auction that is being billed as the biggest since the start of the tournament in 2008.
Each franchise can have a maximum of 25 players (up to eight overseas) and a minimum of 18.
A total of 18 players were retained by the eight franchises earlier this month with Chennai Super Kings deciding to hold on to talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led the Lions in all eight seasons, Suresh Raina, who remains the side’s highest run-getter, and Ravindra Jadeja.
CSK can now exercise up to two Right To Match cards at the auction and the player pool available to them for RTM for capped international players and/ or uncapped Indian players will be those who played for them in IPL 2015 and who were a part of RPS and GL squads in IPL 2017.
“The uphill task starts again. You know, (about) who we will get in the auctions. We’ll try to get some of the players who have played for us. But this is the time where we can’t get too emotional about the fact because a lot of other franchises want players who have played for CSK,” Dhoni said last week.
CSK emerged as one of the most decorated sides in the opening decade of the IPL by winning the title twice, finishing runners-up on four occasions and qualifying to the Playoffs in all eight seasons between 2008 and 2015.
“Auction economics will determine the RTMs, a decision that will be taken by the coach and the captain,” said KS Viswanathan, CEO, Chennai Super Kings.
CSK have a remaining Rs 47 crore to spend from.
“A lot of strategizing and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the IPL Player auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said in a media release.
“The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of the IPL and are sure to attract high bids,” he added.