As many as 405 players are set to go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, which is slated to be held in Kochi on December 23. The list has been downsized from a total of 991 players. Initially, it was reduced to 369 players, but on the insistence of the 10 teams an additional 36 players were added to the auction list.
"Out of 405 players, 273 are Indians and 132 are overseas players of which 4 players are from associate nations. The total capped players are 119, uncapped players are 282 and 4 from associate nations," the IPL said in a media release.
"A maximum of 87 slots are now available with up to 30 being slotted for overseas players. INR 2 crore is the highest reserve price with 19 overseas players choosing to be slotted in the highest bracket.
"11 players are in the auction list with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. Manish Pandey and Mayank Agarwal are the two Indian players in the list of 20 cricketers with a base price of INR 1 crore," the release further stated.
Australia all-rounder Cameron Green makes his debut in the auction and at a base price of INR 2 crore. The other prominenet players in this category include England's Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan. The Overton twins - Craig and Jamie - too feature in this bracket. No Indian players have been put up for auction in this category.
Kane Williamson, who was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise will seek a new home in this edition, with a base price of INR 2 crore, while his international teammate James Neesham who rejected a New Zealand central contract features in the list too.
Harry Brook, another English player who has been made headlines recently, will go into the auction with a base price of INR 1.5 crore, along with Will Jacks, who recently made his Test debut against Pakistan.
Among players from the associate nations, Paul van Meekeren from Netherlands, UAE leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan, who picked up a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup 2022 and Namibia fast bowler Ruben Trumpelmann are put themselves up for grabs at a base price of IN 20 lakh. David Wiese, who currently plies his trade with Namibia these days is available in the INR 1 crore category.