IPL 2014 February 11, 2014

Franchise insiders predict a more rational auction

With most teams choosing to retain players and starting with a smaller purse, the IPL auction could see teams spending more frugally than before and building smaller squads
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"In the wake of the Mudgal committee report, do you think the auction should go on?" That was the first question posed to Venky Mysore, the Kolkata Knight Riders chief executive, who was addressing a media conference to announce a tie-up with global giant SAP on Tuesday in Bangalore. Mysore excused himself from responding, But later during the briefing he said: "franchise sport is here and going to stay."

Mysore might have spoken on behalf of the rest of the seven franchises: despite a damning report on corruption in the IPL by the Justice Mudgal committee, there was nothing today at the auction venue to suggest the BCCI was bothered.

The flags of all eight teams fluttered on a muggy Tuesday as franchise owners, heads and officials, former India captains and international coaches slipped in with big smiles to re-acquaint themselves with their friends in the IPL fraternity. The celebrity factor came when Preity Zinta (one of the owners at Kings XI Punjab) crossed paths with fellow Bollywood star Juhi Chawla, wife of Jay Mehta, the co-owner of Knight Riders. There was whispered speculation over whether an injured Shah Rukh Khan would make it for the auction. International media, specifically from the UK, were curious as to what kind of interest franchises had in Kevin Pietersen.

In that respect the build-up to what has become one of the most watched events on TV was no different to previous years. But as far as the auction goes there are quite e few differences compared to the last big auction, which happened in 2011. Then there were 10 teams, compared to eight now. Then the squads were bigger than the maximum size, enforced this season, of 27. The biggest change this time is the inclusion of uncapped Indian players in the auction - a move supported by most of the franchises.

Another change that will impact the way teams plan their auction strategy is the depletion in the pool for quality capped Indian players in the wake of retentions by teams. "In 2011 the total number of players retained was 12. This time it is 24," the franchise head of an IPL-winning franchise said. "More players have been retained and most of them happened to be top-class (Indian) players. The net effect of all this, just by virtue of supply and demand, means there is always a challenge for Indian capped players. The ones who have been retained are the better Indian players. That group has always remained small."

After managing a team for six years, franchise officials say they have learned it isn't always necessary to chase a big name. "Franchises have also become a lot more mature," the franchise head said. "You can always form a team with a talent supporting cast. Teams like Rajasthan, Punjab and Hyderabad have shown you can be competitive without really having a huge name in the team."

Does that mean marquee names like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis might not attract a huge attention? The talking point about these stars is they are no longer young and no longer carry the matchwinner tag, which they once wore proudly on their sleeves.

A coach disagreed. "They will have a lot of demand," he said. "When you are thinking of these players a lot of people are saying they are not playing any more international cricket and they are not in form. But when you are picking somebody for Twenty20 the guy does not need to score a hundred for you. The expectations are completely different.

"You are looking for somebody who can give an explosive start, you are looking for somebody who can build an innings in the middle or somebody who can finish the game. From a cricketing point of view, when a known name is walking into the middle the pressure comes automatically."

Barring Delhi Daredevils, all the franchises have retained between one and five players. This means franchises will enter the auction with differently sized purses. Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are the three teams who have retained the maximum of five players. These three teams will only have Rs 21 crore at their disposal. Royals have always worked on a small budget and have tried to derive maximum benefit. That strategy has worked for them and they are bound to continue utilising it.

"As for Mumbai and Chennai, who have been big spenders in the past, it remains to be seen how they will approach this auction with a small purse," a franchise CEO said. "You can buy some good value but you can't go nuts chasing players."

Franchise officials agree owners will be more cautious in splurging big cash to buy big names. In 2011 there were 23 USD millionaires (13 Indians and 10 overseas players). "The supply is huge," the CEO said. "The demand is smaller: squad size is smaller, a franchise can only pick nine overseas players. So directionally everything suggests the pricing should be a lot more reasonable. I don't think you will see a lot more irrationality."

According to a coach most franchises are bound to cut down on the number of players in the squad because smaller numbers are easier to manage. "The supply is more than the demand," he said. "Squad size has gone down over the years in any case regardless of the cap imposed by the IPL. Last year it was 33 but many teams had trimmed their squads to the early 20s. This time expect it to be around 20-22."

According to the franchise head, if teams want to break even they will have to be prudent about how they spend their money. "I would expect teams to exercise internal discipline as far as salary caps go," he said.

To sum up the franchises are a better-informed, have spent more time over their auction strategies, and are willing to forsake the chase-the-big-name strategy for a set-up that will last longer. But the last word goes to the chief executive: "A lot of illogical things happen in the (auction) room."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • priceless1 on February 12, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Yuvraj getting sold for 2,4 mill is a big joke, what has he done in recent years ?well then again that sums up the IPL , foreign players have to do all the hard work while the Indian players are getting sold for millions for no reasons

  • Assertive-Indian on February 12, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistanis must understand that this is Indian Premier League so the Indian owners are free to bid for any players that they feel like. Instead of depending on India for everything, it is high time Pakistanis took their destiny in their own hands, and decided to start a tournament called PPL. If Bangladesh can do it, why can't Pakistan? Given the size of Pakistani diaspora in the middle east, I am sure that it can be successful. And then Pakistanis can have the satisfaction of not buying Indian players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    this year ipl will be very tough competition. all the teams have a such good players in this season have a nice year to cricket Faust fyi

  • naren1983 on February 12, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Sofar, SRH has got better deal, they have got best openers of Warner, Finch & Dhawan, all-rounders like Irfan, Sammy and bowlers like Steyn, Mishra, Bhuvi & Ishant is the only exception. Second, RCB has got bowlers like Starc, M Morkel, Rampaul to improve their bowling, they need to pick all-rounders now. I am happy with KXIP team Bailey, Miller, Sehwag, Pujara, Johnson, Perara, Shaun Marsh. Don't know why CSK has opted for Brendon & D Smith, they already have F Du P as opener. Not impressed with DD, they invested more on DK & Pieterson, but Shami & Q de kock are better deals.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    dont think IPL will happened this year in India.

  • sudhakjd36945 on February 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Everybody is interested on C.Anderson with his 1.5 sucessful series..but I guess he yet to prove his abilities in T20 format..so it is going to be hype about his price..I guess he will be in par with BBMcKullam (another power hitter from same country).. Letus see..if my guess goes wrong or right..(mostly right :))

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka is No1 T20 team for a long time. I think that itself explain the country got talent.

  • sudhakjd36945 on February 12, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It seems CSK is going to send Dsmith and BBMcKullam as opening.. Which may hit or not..and ther pressure in coming batsman... any other guesses?

  • saileshd on February 12, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Normally we would see a couple of indian international batsman in a particular IPL Team but SRH...bought three medium Indian international pacers... would like to see how Steyn cop up with the three Fading stars. Would love to see will his presence enhance atleast one among the three.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Shame on you India !!!!! its just an Indian Premier League !!!!! so I am sure they wont entertain Pakistani players !! and this is because of the politics and the government officials !!!

  • priceless1 on February 12, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Yuvraj getting sold for 2,4 mill is a big joke, what has he done in recent years ?well then again that sums up the IPL , foreign players have to do all the hard work while the Indian players are getting sold for millions for no reasons

  • Assertive-Indian on February 12, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistanis must understand that this is Indian Premier League so the Indian owners are free to bid for any players that they feel like. Instead of depending on India for everything, it is high time Pakistanis took their destiny in their own hands, and decided to start a tournament called PPL. If Bangladesh can do it, why can't Pakistan? Given the size of Pakistani diaspora in the middle east, I am sure that it can be successful. And then Pakistanis can have the satisfaction of not buying Indian players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    this year ipl will be very tough competition. all the teams have a such good players in this season have a nice year to cricket Faust fyi

  • naren1983 on February 12, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Sofar, SRH has got better deal, they have got best openers of Warner, Finch & Dhawan, all-rounders like Irfan, Sammy and bowlers like Steyn, Mishra, Bhuvi & Ishant is the only exception. Second, RCB has got bowlers like Starc, M Morkel, Rampaul to improve their bowling, they need to pick all-rounders now. I am happy with KXIP team Bailey, Miller, Sehwag, Pujara, Johnson, Perara, Shaun Marsh. Don't know why CSK has opted for Brendon & D Smith, they already have F Du P as opener. Not impressed with DD, they invested more on DK & Pieterson, but Shami & Q de kock are better deals.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    dont think IPL will happened this year in India.

  • sudhakjd36945 on February 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Everybody is interested on C.Anderson with his 1.5 sucessful series..but I guess he yet to prove his abilities in T20 format..so it is going to be hype about his price..I guess he will be in par with BBMcKullam (another power hitter from same country).. Letus see..if my guess goes wrong or right..(mostly right :))

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka is No1 T20 team for a long time. I think that itself explain the country got talent.

  • sudhakjd36945 on February 12, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It seems CSK is going to send Dsmith and BBMcKullam as opening.. Which may hit or not..and ther pressure in coming batsman... any other guesses?

  • saileshd on February 12, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Normally we would see a couple of indian international batsman in a particular IPL Team but SRH...bought three medium Indian international pacers... would like to see how Steyn cop up with the three Fading stars. Would love to see will his presence enhance atleast one among the three.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Shame on you India !!!!! its just an Indian Premier League !!!!! so I am sure they wont entertain Pakistani players !! and this is because of the politics and the government officials !!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 12, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Sri Lankan players are going unsold because SL play against England in the middle of the IPL season. So before some of you go spewing nonsense, have a look at the FTP posted right here on Cricinfo. Pakistani players are missing because of the political tensions between the governments of India and Pakistan.

  • keralite on February 12, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Waqas younis you are right. Politicians do not want peace between both countries because it will affect their votes. And btw although I rate Ajmal and Junaid highly, I don't have the same opinion about Irfan.

  • Assertive-Indian on February 12, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Instead of feeling bad about not being included in IPL auctions, Pakistani should form their own league (either in their own country or in UAE), so that their players can also be part of a glamorous tournament. Otherwise, Pakistanis seem to be full of negativity...

  • that_guy on February 12, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    KD Karthik @2mill wow... wonder what Corey is going to fetch

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on February 12, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    it is no surprise that no srilankan players were sold considering last year form.

  • AltafPatel on February 12, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    RCB got best batting order in the IPL. Wish they improve their bowling department with inclusion of like Kulasekera, Morne Morkel, Tsotsobe, A Mendis etc.

  • on February 12, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Anyway its an Indian Premier League so I am sure they wont entertain Pakistani players !! and this is because of the politics and the government officials !!!

    Except for few extremists the people of both the countries are peace loving and understanding

    The league should have players from all the countries and most of you will agree there is no replacement in the world for Pakistani bowlers still !! AJmal, Junaid and Irfan are still among the best in the world !!

  • AltafPatel on February 12, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Would have been interesting to watch auction of Gayle, deVilliers, Kohli if they would have not been retained by RCB !

  • Cricsnake on February 12, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I think Sunrisers SRH should try to get Corey Anderson instead of T Perera. Anderson is the best all-rounder for the moment.

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Robin is kkr good see he injured and littlebite unconsistency thats why he sold only 5 crore bt see i bett yu he will come back strongly and ipl 2014 is kkr

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    when we will think above all the politics and will favour true soul of cricket??

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I think we should keep politics and cricket away. we should think about the game and including pakistani players will increase the thrill and taste of the game and we are talking about cricket so we should be concerned with cricket and not with the politics. we should not be biased.

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka & Pakistan voted against recent decision of empowering INDIA, Aus and England in ICC event. That can be influential in omitting J'wardane.

  • JustIPL on February 12, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    How Yuvi can be sold much more that other players who are well known and have marvellous current form. May be just because he is indian. Many boards sided with BCCI during B3 turmoil to find their players make good money but I am afraid they will be auctioned for less while IPL will make money on those world class players' participation in IPL. Pakistan already played a whole ODI series in India a short while ago then there were no security reasons because india wanted to check the likes of Shami/Bhuvi before england/aussie home series.

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    cricket can be played without Pakistani player.so no need to worry about not having Pakistani player.

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Would have loved to see Junaid Khan bowling in the IPL. Great action. Good economy rate, superb death bowler.

  • on February 12, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    baily goes to kxip.sammy sunrise. faf du plusis CSK. dinesh karhick DD.

  • Waqs77 on February 12, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Once again the hot most topic among the readers is "Pakistani Players" I am happy and satisfied to see that auction is going on for IPL but the discussions are going on about pakistani players that tells the importance and story of pak cricket. There are some decent indians who really understand whats going on.

  • Kashi0127 on February 12, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    I am truly disappointed with espncricinfo. Why should an IPL auction grab such prominent headlines? I thought this site stood for everything related to the sport - cricket. IPL with all its glory is a put on act , a reality show just like the the make believe wrestling of WWF. If you observe closely things which are important to Indian cricket like Ranji Trophy and Irani trophy take back seat in coverage. Such a shame!!

  • naren1983 on February 12, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    14 Crores for Yuvi !!! Big Jackpot !!! Now RCB has got good finisher. Their top order is very strong than anyother with Gayle, AB & Kohli. They lack finishers & bowlers. Now its time for them to pick quality bowlers who win matches like Johnson, Coulter-Nile, Morne Morkel. They need quality spinners as well like Ojha, Mishra. Always balanced team enter semis & finals. This is the lack of RCB for entire IPL seasons, they entered only once i think.

  • Anthony8i on February 12, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @wapuser i can understand that IPL misses Pakistan and we Indian fans also miss them but from franchise point of view if they are going to spend their money in picking up a player he should be available for them whenever they need them but due to the political situations between two countries it is a big risk. Say for example they pick ajaml for the huge buy and goverment rejects him a visa due to any sudden terror attacks it is a total waste of money.The situtation can be better only if terror attacks are stopped and both the goverments should resolve their border problems. I look forward to pakistan players playing in IPL and more indo-pak series but as of now it is not possible. Lets hope for the best...

  • on February 12, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Shewag is in Punjab..... Warner goes to Hyderabad...... Yuvi is in RCB....

  • on February 12, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @SSARizvi it is not nice not having pak players in ipl but your comments about closing it down because of that doesn't make sense. itbis Indian league for Indians so v why should pak players be included

  • on February 12, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Not good to hear that afghan players have not been given chance to show their Talent that they have In This years IPL , That would have been great to see players like Mohammad Nabi , Hamid Hassan In the IPL ..

  • realfan on February 12, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    jayawardene unsold.... wow cant get any better.... sanga anticipated this and he took off his name... clevver sanga

  • on February 12, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @syed Its not the politics three franchises are worried about the safety of Pakistani players in India. Otherwise who will let out the Pakistani players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    why should we invite players from Pakistan in IPL. BCCI has right to NOT invite Pakistani players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    still no pakistanis? why not?

  • nothingnew on February 12, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the country always love pakistanis playing for SLPL this year

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on February 12, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    @wapuser: Hello buddy..Let me make one thing clear...Its not that the IPL governing council nor the BCCI is against pakistani players..Infact don't you remember that they were allowed for CLT??? The problem lies with the government..There is lot of camplications starting right from VISA till contract signing...The franchise's will be licking to get pakistan players since they are T-20 Specialists ..especially bowlers....Don't simply bash for the sake of bashing!!! CLT is diff since its a full team thats coming...Don't u remember the first IPL where Misbah and all played???? After that only political problems widened....

  • NYer on February 12, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    @Majid_Sweden: No Pakistanis except Azhar Mehmood and maybe Fawad Ahmed. Fewer players in the squad this time. Expect many players to go unsold.

  • sampu_sheikh on February 12, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    SRH need quality Indian players, something that let them down last time, especially in the batting department. A player like Sehwag or Yuvraj will always add to the team with experience and morale if not with runs. SRH should also look for good Indian bowlers such as Bhuvi, Shami or Praveen. Steyn can't single handedly win matches with his bowling. Someone like Johnson or Southee will help SRH in death bowling situations as well. Dwayne Smith, Warner, Finch are also valuable overseas batting options. SRH should buy Sammy/Duminy/T Perera/Mishra with their R2M cards. Good luck SRH!

  • CurrentPresident on February 12, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I agree that all the franchises should have the same amount of purse to spend but what is the reasoning behind it being limited to $6m? Why not $12m? or $15m? any other number?

    What's wrong with players getting more money?

  • Alexk400 on February 12, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    Pakistani players are average t20 players. May be slightly better than indian counter part but that do not make them watchable by indian population. if people in india do not want to watch pakistani players , then bcci would never do that. That said it is due to pakistan govt policies. People have not forget mumbai attacks.

  • on February 12, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Best ever IPL XI: Warner, Dhawan, Rohit, Watson, Kohli, Shakib, Dhoni, Jadeja, Steyn, Mitch, Ojha

  • class9ryan on February 12, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    For the Pakistani fans, if you see the relations between India and Pakistan in the past - how on earth you can bring Pakistanis to IPL ??? And about the quality of players, it hard to say Pakistan has any batsmen albeit the bowlers are world-class ?

  • LoungeChairCritic on February 12, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    As a Perth Scorchers supporter and after watching BBL 13/14, I think the IPL teams should focus on getting the best local talent available. Indian players should be the nucleus of the side. Internationals should be the cream on top. Smart teams should spend on international players who are match winners and not just good players. To many teams focus on players who are mediocre all rounders. Death bowling specialists and top order batters are so important in 20/20. Of the Australian players I reckon Mitchell Starc will be the best buy. He can get wickets up front and at the death.

  • on February 11, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Delhi can easily retain sehwag , warner and pietersen for less then 20cr . If they cAn get bailey n Anderson for 15 cr they could make a great team as they will easily get bowlers like Umesh yadav , Aaron , pankaj Singh , Nadeem , ojha they must go for all Indian bowlers with three pace bowlers n two spinners along with Anderson will be an ideal combination 4 batsmen (sehwag warner Kevin bailey ) 1wk (Kartik , kedar jhadav ) 2 a/r (Corey Anderson one of Pathans ) 4 bowlers (yadav Aaron mishra/ojha/Nadeem Sandeep )

  • Left_Arm_Lollipop on February 11, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sohag Gazi, James Faulkner,AB Devilliers Mominul Haque, Kumar Sangakarra, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Smith & Kieron Pollard are the kinda people who takes the game away from the opposing 11. Well those at least does it more often than others.

  • Kiwiheart on February 11, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    @ Majid_Sweden: Azhar Mahmood the Pakistani international is in the IPL, but is officially in as an English player due to residency and so the IPL misses out on the likes of Afridi, Hafeez, Ajmal, and the 7 foot Mohammad Irfan

  • xylo on February 11, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    I hope the auction starts with clearly identifying the owners of the respective teams. ;-)

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 11, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    @wapuser : I hope you understand that it is not the BCCI which is blocking but reasons beyond cricket. There is a lot of tension with pakistan players participation due to some acts of terrorism by certain groups in the past. Infact the BCCI has more to gain than to lose as it will increase viewership of IPL.

  • techie77 on February 11, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    damn ...seems like no one really cares about the corruption mess (with gangsters involved) as long as I get my 2 hrs of entertainment on TV ;)

  • on February 11, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    I completely agree players like Shakib, Hodge and Ten Doeschate will be perfect buys but are seriously underrated especially Tendo. Shakib would be a great buy since he can bat well and bowl well whilst Hodge and Tendo can fire up many innings.

  • srisri on February 11, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    BTW, is the Mayappan in the picture entitled "IPL Team officials?".... man... ESPN is inviting troubles or what? ;) (Remeber, They claim he is only an "enthusiast" not an official of the CSK).

  • srisri on February 11, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    This year IPL gonna b amazing success, simply because the people r tired & fed-up with the Indian team dismal performance. IPL will provide much needed diverting entertainment ;)

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    shewag for sachin in MI squad

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Pakistani players who are the best T20 players compare with any other nation not invited once again by BCCI which is a shame. This type of attitude should be changed now and play fair or shut down this money making business. Politics should stay away from games. For God Sake Indians understand this.

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Bangalore should bid for Anderson, Johnson and yuvi ..

  • Majid_Sweden on February 11, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    does anybody know if any of my country man PAKISTANIS are welcome to play this year?

  • 504429641 on February 11, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    there is no mention anywhere on the cutoff limit for the player's auction. Is the cutoff same as it was in the last 6 IPL auctions? will there be a secret tie breaker when the maximum bidding amount is reached for a player?

  • dogandbone on February 11, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    players who can build an innings and explode at the end.....Rossi Taylor...want him back home in Bangalore

  • Browndynamite7 on February 11, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Ideal IPL XI: Dhawan, Finch, Kohli, Watson, Warner, Dhoni, Perera, Jadeja, Johnson, Steyn, Mishra

  • on February 11, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Csk is gonna miss dhoni at the auction... he is brilliant choosing players..

  • IndCricFan2013 on February 11, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    For CSK, MI, RR, they can not go above the average of $500,000 or Rs. 3 crore per player. They have 5 and they need a quality 6. Which means $500,000 * 6= $3 mill is out. They have $500,000 remaining to get rest of the squad. CSK is most likely to go more than 500 only for Hussey and MI for Mitchell Johnson to use the joker card. All other IPL teams that were complaining it is their chance to pick the millionaire talents. When CSK and MI are not competing, this auction is not going to have lot of millionaires, since already there are 20 plus millionaires retained.

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  • IndCricFan2013 on February 11, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    For CSK, MI, RR, they can not go above the average of $500,000 or Rs. 3 crore per player. They have 5 and they need a quality 6. Which means $500,000 * 6= $3 mill is out. They have $500,000 remaining to get rest of the squad. CSK is most likely to go more than 500 only for Hussey and MI for Mitchell Johnson to use the joker card. All other IPL teams that were complaining it is their chance to pick the millionaire talents. When CSK and MI are not competing, this auction is not going to have lot of millionaires, since already there are 20 plus millionaires retained.

  • on February 11, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Csk is gonna miss dhoni at the auction... he is brilliant choosing players..

  • Browndynamite7 on February 11, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Ideal IPL XI: Dhawan, Finch, Kohli, Watson, Warner, Dhoni, Perera, Jadeja, Johnson, Steyn, Mishra

  • dogandbone on February 11, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    players who can build an innings and explode at the end.....Rossi Taylor...want him back home in Bangalore

  • 504429641 on February 11, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    there is no mention anywhere on the cutoff limit for the player's auction. Is the cutoff same as it was in the last 6 IPL auctions? will there be a secret tie breaker when the maximum bidding amount is reached for a player?

  • Majid_Sweden on February 11, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    does anybody know if any of my country man PAKISTANIS are welcome to play this year?

  • on February 11, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Bangalore should bid for Anderson, Johnson and yuvi ..

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Pakistani players who are the best T20 players compare with any other nation not invited once again by BCCI which is a shame. This type of attitude should be changed now and play fair or shut down this money making business. Politics should stay away from games. For God Sake Indians understand this.

  • on February 11, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    shewag for sachin in MI squad

  • srisri on February 11, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    This year IPL gonna b amazing success, simply because the people r tired & fed-up with the Indian team dismal performance. IPL will provide much needed diverting entertainment ;)