New Delhi: The 16th IPL auction has created a lot of buzz after all franchises announced the retention and releases from the teams. The auction is always watched carefully it reveals the strategy of every team before the tournament. While the Indian Premier League is now the second largest sports league in monetary terms, this auction will be exciting with the inclusion of young stars from leagues across the world and the T20 World Cup.
When and where to watch?
The auction will be held in Kochi on December 23 at 2:30 pm. The auction can be watched on the Star Sports Network and OTT viewers can watch it on Jio Cinema.
How much money does each franchise have?
Sunrisers Hyderabad has the highest amount in the purse with Rs 42.25 crore, with Punjab Kings second on the list, having Rs 32.20 crore. Lucknow Super Giants have Rs 23.35 crore, Mumbai Indians Rs 20.55 crore, and Chennai Super Kings have Rs 20.45 crore. Delhi Capitals has Rs 19.45 crore, Gujarat Titans Rs 19.25 crore, Rajasthan Royals Rs 13.2 crore, and Royal Challengers Bangalore has Rs 8.75 crore. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have the lowest, Rs 7.05 crore.
Take a look at some shocking releases before the mini-auction:
- Dwayne Bravo: Bravo was part of CSK’s core but the management chose to release him. The 39-year-old has rendered his all-round services to the team for years and has also won a purple cap in 2013.
- Kane Williamson: SRH has decided to drop their captain as Williamson has struggled to score a good pace in the T20s. While he was a key player in his side, the team has decided otherwise.
- Kieron Pollard: Pollard is arguably one of the best finishers in the world. The West Indian all-rounder has been a match-winner for Mumbai Indians and has also captained the side. However, he announced his IPL retirement after MI released him and he will be a part of MI’s mentoring staff.