IPL 2011 news December 31, 2010

IPL cuts 66 players from auction list

ESPNcricinfo staff

The IPL has pruned its auction list for the next season from a preliminary 416 to 350, and also increased the base prices of Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. All 80 players named in the top three price bands of the preliminary list have retained their place in the final list for the auction, which is scheduled to be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

In the preliminary list, 21 players including former West Indies batsman Brian Lara had been in the highest bracket of US$400,000, a bunch that Ganguly has now joined after his reserve price was raised from $200,000. Laxman, who has had a vintage year in Tests in 2010, also had his base price bumped up from $200,000 to $300,000.

Ganguly and Laxman are not the first players to modify their reserve prices. Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble had earlier changed their base price from $200,000 to $400,000. An IPL official confirmed that the players had the right to choose their reserve price. "This has been the practice in every IPL," said the league's chief operating officer Sundar Raman, "we merely set the bands of reserve prices."

But one of the franchise officials put a different spin to Ganguly increasing his base price. "Ganguly might have understood that there are not many franchises willing to even consider him. But to my knowledge one of the franchises has already assured him that they will buy him out. So, if there is only one franchise willing to buy but assuring him why not hike his price then. Probably that made Ganguly hike his price."

Previous IPL auctions have shown that base prices are not indicative of the final amount for which the franchise will buy the player. For example, at the first auction in 2008, Ishant Sharma was listed at $150,000 but was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at $950,000, while Hayden was listed at $250,000 and was bought by Chennai Super Kings at $375,000. "With the requirement of each franchise minimal, virtually more than half of these players in the auction list will not attract any attention," an IPL official said.

Only 12 players were retained by their teams ahead of the auction, with three of the eight existing franchises - Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers and Kolkata - choosing to release all their players into the auction pool. As a result, those three franchises will have the entire complement of $9 million at their disposal for the auction, while the other teams will begin the auctions with purses reduced in accordance to the number of players they retained. Chennai and Mumbai Indians, who retained the maximum allowed four players each, will go into the auction with only $4.5 million to spend.

The season is set to go ahead with 10 teams and 74 matches as originally planned, since the BCCI is not likely to move the Supreme Court after it lost its High Court appeals against the stay orders granted to the termination of Punjab and Rajasthan.

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  • kumar on January 7, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Its not going to be much of a challenge again for CSK. They are gonna win it again pretty easily. Maybe except for MI who seem capable to pose a challenge

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    @Givemefood and all other Ganguly haters : I don understand why u ppl always criticise Dada for watever he does? He is a fantastic T20 player, he proved it by top scoring for KKr in season 3. Moreover the myth that only Bengalis support Dada is false! I'm a Bangalorean, I have never visited Bengal, nor am i bengali, but i just love dada.

  • Aabhas on January 7, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Why does Dravid feel that he is a better T20 player than Gambhir or even Uthappa? What will happen is that he wont get picked up by any team and will end up embarassing himself. And Ganguly - well good luck! Comeon guys ... have some dignity and selfrespect.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    FI to all. Players themselves decide the reserve price barcket for themselves. Any argument on bracket like who is where and where should be is useless. I feel some players like Lara, Ganguly, Dravid, Jayasuria, McGrath, Murlitharan, Kumble, who are legends of their time should get respects and they themselves also sould maintain some dignity. Such players should opt for mentor, commentator, coach and jobs like that, as they are not playing active cricket.If they start comparing themselves with young generation, they are not doing good to their image and they also lose respect from their fans.

  • husain on January 6, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    royal challengers bangalore have made a big mistake by not retaining jacques kallis and dale steyn and kkr by not retaining chris gayle

  • Musa on January 5, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    plz Take 4 pakistani playerz atleast.......Imran Nazir, Sahid afridi, Umar akma,l KAmran Akmal..........ipl will rock.plzz

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Dear Mr Sandeep Sinha, The rest of the players will have to be selected from the catchment area divided between the 10 IPL teams. The number of foreign players will remain 4.

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    wat about afghan players plz give us information .s there any afghan player in IPL

  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    I have a super doubt in my mind, there are 349 players at auction, out of which only 49 Indian players, and total players already retained( Indian) is 7. That makes 49+7= 56. And in this season there will be 10 teams. All team have to play maximum of 4 foreigners. that makes 7 Indian in every team = 70 Indian in total. But there are only 56 Indian players there. So what will happen here. Will BCCI increase the foreign players in each team. or what will happen. I am very curious to know this. Reply gurus

  • fasih on January 4, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    why no pakistani muhammad hafeez and ahmd shehzad are good opener for IPL 2011

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