In a recent development, the list of all players for the upcoming auction has been announced. As the IPL 2024 mini-auction approaches on December 19th, all eyes are on Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. 333 cricketers, including 214 Indian and 119 overseas players (with 2 from associate nations), will be up for grabs. Of these, 116 are capped players, 215 are uncapped, and 2 are from associate nations, providing a diverse selection for team franchises.
With 77 slots available, including 30 for overseas players, the auction promises to be exciting. The highest reserve price is set at INR 2 crore, with 23 players in contention. While, 13 players have a base price of INR 1.5 crore. The auction will commence at 1 PM local time in Dubai and 2:30 PM IST, with the cricketing community eagerly anticipating the outcome and the start of the IPL 2024 season on March 23, and will continue until May 29, 2024.
Looking ahead to the auction, all teams will aim to strengthen their squads by acquiring players. Big names like Harry Brook, Travis Head, Rilee Rossouw, Steve Smith, Gerald Coetzee, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Umesh Yadav have set their base price at two crores and are expected to be in high demand during the auction. The cricketing community is excitedly anticipating the outcome of the auction and looking forward to the start of the IPL 2024 season.
Hardik Pandya’s trade between Gujarat and Mumbai highlighted pre-auction moves
The biggest trade in history occurred between Gujarat Giants (GG) and Mumbai Indians (MI). MI reacquired Hardik for the upcoming IPL season. Given the trading between Mumbai and Gujarat has been an all-cash deal, 30-year-old Pandya will get a salary of Rs 15 crore at MI. Pandya will also get 50 per cent of the undisclosed transfer given to GT by MI.
This trade gained attention due to Hardik’s leadership, which led Gujarat to a title in their maiden IPL appearance. They were also runners-up in the last season, narrowly missing the championship to Chennai Super Kings in the finals. The defeat came as Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and four off the last balls of the inning.