IPL 2014 news January 30, 2014

IPL longlist features 651 uncapped players

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Manish Pandey, Unmukt Chand, Rajat Bhatia, Rishi Dhawan, Iqbal Abdullah and T Suman are some of the names that feature in the 651-strong longlist of uncapped players, who will be part of the IPL auction for the first time. The franchises received the list on Thursday morning and have till February 3 to send the names they are interested in to the IPL, which will then make a final shortlist for the player auction that takes place in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.

A further 50 names are likely to be added to this longlist, which was drawn up after receiving nominations from all state associations in India and eight other countries. The list has been divided into two groups: the first one comprises 127 players who have already played in the IPL, while the second features potential first-timers.

The absence of uncapped players in the auction thus far was a controversial topic, with many franchises complaining of horse trading by their richer rivals who, it was alleged, were luring players with under-the-table deals.

In 2011 Pandey along with Ambati Rayudu and Suman were the most sought after Indian uncapped players. After some uncertainty over where they would go, Pandey eventually played for Pune Warriors while the Andhra Pradesh pair of Rayudu and Suman was snatched up by Mumbai Indians.

The IPL defended the non-inclusion of uncapped players in the auction then, saying there were already rules in place with players getting a fixed fee of Rs 1 to 3 million (US$16,000 approx.) and the contracts being governed by the BCCI. But the reality was different. Although the franchises were asked by the IPL not to approach an uncapped player till the auction was over, most tried to lure players with "perks", as one official put it in the past.

With the IPL restricting the squad strength to 27 this year, including a cap of nine overseas players, the franchises have been forced to lay more emphasis on domestic Indian players. However the quality of talent in the uncapped market has always been in short supply and the franchises once again feared horsetrading would be the norm.

Fortunately for them, the IPL finally decided to bring uncapped players into the auction. Their base prices have been fixed between of Rs 1 million and Rs 3 million. Pandey, the IPL's first Indian centurion, and Dhawan - this season's leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy - have listed their base prices at Rs 2 million, while the likes of Suman, Bhatia, Chand and Abdulla are in the top uncapped bracket at Rs 3 million.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    India's strategy of keep Pakistan out of site like they do not exist in World Cricket is pure shame, its clear now that India will carry on avoiding Pakistan, but world knows Pakistan cricket is a real force and has, and will keep producing world's best cricketers in the country. Pakistan is power house of t-20 cricket, finalist in 2007, winners in 2009, semi finalist (whisker away to reached to the final) of 2010 and again semi finalist of 2012 t-20 world cup and yet again IPL will miss out some quality baters and bowlers from Pakistan, but never mind shame on BCCI.

  • dummy4fb on February 5, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I think that sunrisers is an all round good side they just need a good top order batsmen just in case Dhawan or Patel fail in the top.....I think they need has Hashim Amla a batsman who could bat loon into the innings ...

  • Da_nish on February 5, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    i want Sehwag in DD. my team is Sehwag, Warner/ Aaron Finch, Kevin Pietersen/George Bailey, Dinesh Karthik/Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan/ Yuvraj Singh, Rajat Bhatia,Albie Morkel/Daniel Christian, Parveen Kumar/Lakshmipathy Balaj/ RP Singh, Manpreet Gony/Mohit Sharma/ Munaf Patel, Mitchell Johnson/Doug Bollinger, Piyush Chawla/ Amit Mishra.

  • dummy4fb on February 5, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Afghan players played very well in BPL and played pretty much good against Pak. They are really well players and they must play in IPL.

  • dummy4fb on February 5, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    waiting to see johnson disturbed gyale's furniture and mumbai indian fans are on fire :x

  • viru-319-219 on February 4, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    I am from Hyderabad and I want sehwag in SUNRISERS.

    My Picks for Sunrisers are

    Dhawan,Sehwag,Vihari,Hodge,B.McCullum,Neesham,Yusuf,Mishra,Steyn,RP Singh and Awana

    This is perfectly possible with Sehwag,McCullum and Yusuf being Costly buys, Hodge and Neesham average cost and Mishra with right to match card

  • dummy4fb on February 4, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    RCB- Virat, ABD, Gayle, Maxwell, Mayank Agarwal, Laughlin, Vinay Kumar, Mishra, Bhuvi, Varun, Chawla...! Common RCB, U r going to be Champs This Time...!

  • dummy4fb on February 3, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    i go for sunrisers...... i wanna d team might b of........ dhawan,p.patel,manish pandey, vihari, t.suman corey anderson, sammy, johnson, styen, jakati....... GO SUNRISERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on February 3, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    for delhi team i pick 1,sehwag 2 tamim 3 m. hussey5. karthik d 5.sakib 6.yousuf p 7.thisara 8.nayar 9.chawla 10.parveen k 11. bhuneshwar k pls bay it, you will gate all bangladesh fan for delhi

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    when will Afghanistan players are playing in IPL if Afghan players played in IPL it is my challenge that Bigh bash league also will invite the Afghan player it is my beg aim to Afghan players play in IPL. as you seen t20 international with Pakistan in 08-Dec-2013 they played very well with Pakistan ICC were also surprised to Afghan player but it is the a policy of the countries who have more authority like India, Australia, South Africa and etc i hope my speak become understandable for you Thank you Hidayat from Pakistan

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