IPL Players Auction 2021 Live Updates: Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith among players in focus ahead of event


13:22 (IST)

From Steve Smith to Alex Hales, top 10 foreign players who can attract big bids

A total of 22 foreign players can be picked at the auction and a total of 128 are up for grabs. Most of them would return empty-handed but some, as always, would make teams break the bank.

We take a look at top 10 foreign players who could attract massive bids at the auction.

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13:16 (IST)

Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Azharuddeen and other Indian players who can spark a bidding war

A total of 164 Indian players, capped and uncapped, are up for grabs including some very big names. We take a look at 10 Indian players who can spark a bidding war at IPL auction 2021.

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13:00 (IST)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2021 Indian Premier League Player Auction that takes place in Chennai on Thursday, with the event set to get underway from 3 pm IST.

Preview: The player auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) takes place on Thursday in the southern Indian city of Chennai, with 292 players set to go under the hammer in the event.

The auction, in which international stars such as Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Moeen Ali as well as Indians such as Harbhajan Singh are expected to attract big bids, marks the first major event in the build-up to this year’s edition of the cash-rich league, which is expected to return to India after having taken place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier the full players’ list for the 2021 Auction was unveiled and as many as 10 players — including Indians Harbhajan and Kedar Jadhav — were put in the highest reserve price bracket of Rs 2 crore. Another 12 had the Rs 1.5 crore price tag against their name, and 11 were put under the Rs 1 crore category.

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Officially, each of the eight teams is allowed to spend nearly $12 million in salaries for the 10-week tournament but because many have a high number of retained players the cash available for the auction will differ.

Punjab Kings (former known as Kings XI Punjab) will enter the auction with the biggest purse of $7 million followed by Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on $4.75 million. Rajasthan Royals will have $4.7 million after releasing high-earning captain Steve Smith, who could be a major target for one of the other teams.

Punjab, Bangalore and Rajasthan are all rebuilding after a disappointing 2020 season. Champions Mumbai Indians released seven players and will have about $2 million to bid.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins was the most expensive foreign player in 2020, costing Kolkata Knight Riders $2.1 million at last year’s auction.

The IPL is to be increased to 10 teams, but media reports say this will only happen in 2022.

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With inputs from AFP

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