Monday, 20 February 2017

IPL Auction 2017 Live - Players Sold, Unsold As it Happens

Squads so far
At the end of the first round, here's a look at the squads.
Buys so far:
Delhi Daredevils:Players added: Angelo Mathews (2 Cr), Corey Anderson (1 Cr)
Kings XI Punjab: Eoin Morgan (2 Cr)
Rising Pune Supergiants:
Ben Stokes (14.50 Cr)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Pawan Negi (1 Cr)
Harsha speaks
Here's Harsha Bhogle's take on the auction so far, on Facebook Live
Chris Jordan goes unsold
Chris Jordan, the England allrounder who played for RCB last year, is up for grabs. He has a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh, but no takers for him. Chris Jordan goes unsold.
Sean Abbott goes unsold
Sean Abbott, the Australia allrounder with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh, goes unsold.
Corey Anderson goes to DD
Corey Anderson, released by MI, is up next - with a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. DD begin the bidding and are the only team to bid. Corey Anderson sold to DD for Rs. 1 Crore.
The big one - Ben Stokes
An uncapped IPL player, and a hot property in the current auction, is up next - with a base price of Rs. 2 Crore. Obviously teams are interested. MI and RCB in a heated bidding war for Stokes, DD join in. Bids have crossed 6 Crore and still going upward. KKR, surprisingly, haven't entered the fray for Stokes. It's between MI and DD and the bids have reached 10 Crore. And SRH enter with a bid of 11 Crore, DD still in the fray and RPS decide to join in, with a bid of 13.5 and SRH out at 14.5. Stokes sold to RPS for Rs. 14.5 Crore, the second highest buy ever in the history of IPL and the most expensive overseas signing.
Irfan Pathan unsold
Irfan Pathan, released by RPS, is the next player. He starts with a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh. None of the teams are interested though. Irfan Pathan goes unsold.
Angelo Mathews goes to DD
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, is up next - with a bse price of Rs. 2 Crore. Just as the hammer was about to go down, DD decide to bid at the last moment. Angelo Mathews sold to Delhi Daredevils for his base price of Rs. 2 Crore.
Pawan Negi to RCB
Pawan Negi, the most expensive buy last year, is up for grabs. He starts with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. RPS bid first and Gujarat Lions join in. Both teams seem pretty interested in the left-armer as the bids go up. RPS opted to back out when Gujarat bid Rs. 55 Lakh. Just as the hammer was about to go down, RCB decide to join. Gujarat back out at Rs. 80 Lakh and SRH decide to join. The bids has reached 1 Crore and SRH decide to opt out. Pawan Negi goes to RCB for Rs. 1 Crore.
Saurabh Tiwary unsold
Saurabh Tiwary, the left-handed batsman is up next, with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. He was with the Pune franchise last year, but no team is interested in him this time. He goes unsold. Capped allrounders are next.
Ross Taylor unsold
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, is up next. He had a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh but no takers for him. He goes unsold.
Hales unsold
Alex Hales, another England batsman, is up for grabs. He has a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. Teams though aren't interested in him and he goes unsold.
Fazal unsold
Faiz Fazal, the left-handed batsman, is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. No bids for him either and the 31-year-old goes unsold.
Jason Roy unsold
Jason Roy, the England batsman who is uncapped in the IPL, is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. No bids for Jason Roy, who goes unsold.
Eoin Morgan sold to KXIP
Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 2 Crore. Kings XI Punjab have bid first and they are the only team to bid. He goes to KXIP for his base price.
Auction begins, Guptill unsold
The hammer goes down. Madley begins, he reads out the rules and regulations of the auction. Batsmen are up for grabs in the first round and the first player is Martin Guptill. He has a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh. No bids for Guptill, who goes unsold.
Set to begin
The event gets underway BCCI CEO Rahul Johri starting with his welcome speech ahead of the #IPLAuction. He hands over to the famed auctioneer Richard Madley.
Curtains being raised
Auction is set to begin in a while. The key decision makers are making their way to their respective tables. Among them is Mahela Jayawardene, the new head coach of the Mumbai Indians side.
Points to remember
Remember, Kolkata Knight Riders will be without Andre Russell, who's serving a one year ban after a doping verdict went against him. On the eve of the auction, Mitchell Starc decided to part ways with RCB. Expect both these franchises to bid big for the likes of Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is no longer the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant; Steven Smith has taken over. Having released a handful of players ahead of the auction (including Kevin Pietersen, who won't be part of the auction), they have 10 slots to fill, including four overseas positions.
There are also five Afghanistan players among the 130 overseas players up for grabs. The 359 players include 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 150 all-rounders and 30 wicketkeepers, and among them are 229 uncapped players. Who'll end up with big bucks? How many surprise buys will we witness? There will be some disappointments too. Brace yourselves for some high-octane action off the field!
Expert Opinion
Who are the marque players for the 2017 auction? There are seven of them, who have opted for the highest base price of Rs. 2 Crore: Eoin Morgan, Angelo Mathews, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Ishant Sharma and Chris Woakes.
There are 15 more who fall under the bracket of Rs. 1.5 Crore and 1. Crore. Thee players are Jonny Bairstow, Kyle Abbott, Jason Holder, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Trent Boult, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Corey Anderson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kagiso Rabada, Marlon Samuels, Daniel Christian, Grant Elliott and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

IPL Auction 2017 Delayed till Late February

The IPL 2017 auction is likely to take place in the third week of February following a delay from the originally proposed date of February 4. Although the BCCI has not issued a final date yet, there is talk among the medias that the new date will be somewhere between February 20 and 25. 

 At that time, the player auction was slotted in tentatively for February 4 but that was ruled out as soon as the Supreme Court of India dismantled the BCCI house at the start of the year by removing its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and imposing various restrictions on the remaining eligible office bearers at the board. Although the BCCI management under its chief executive officer Rahul Johri was ready to stick to the timelines drawn last November, the court's delay in appointing the committee of administrators put the IPL decisions on the backburner.
However, with a four-member committee of administrators taking charge on Monday, the IPL is back on the priority list. The committee of administrators met with the BCCI management team to discuss the immediate decisions that need to be taken concerning IPL.

"The Committee of Administrators (COA) met the concerned BCCI officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017," a BCCI media release said. "The committee of administrators assured the franchises that it was overseeing the preparations for IPL and the 'operational timelines' will be sent out shortly."

On their part, the franchises have remained patient throughout the delay. Officials at several franchises said the main reason behind their confidence was the court had always made sure that cricket was never affected, both domestic and international. Also, the delay in the auction, one franchise chief executive officer said, would be an advantage because teams could scout for domestic talent in the ongoing Inter-State T20 tournament which finishes on February 18.

If there is one thing the franchises are keen to get their hands on is the player roster - the final pool of players that will enter the auction. Normally the franchises get the roster two weeks ahead of the auction.

"If we get the roster we can start making a shortlist of players we are after as then we come to know their availability which is always a big determining factor on which players teams pick," one franchise CEO told ESPNcricinfo.

This will be the last year of IPL before teams overhaul their rosters for the 2018 season. All existing player contracts will expire after IPL 2017 and it is expected most players will go under the hammer at the mega auction ahead of the 2018 season. There has been no decision yet on the player retention rules though.

The current cycle of broadcasting rights, currently held by Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), will expire after IPL 2017. Last September, the BCCI had announced that the next cycle of IPL rights would be sold via an open tender process. Eighteen companies including Facebook and Twitter bought the invitation to tender doucment for television and digital rights. The bids were meant to be opened on October 24, but the Lodha Committee deferred the process until the BCCI complied with the court order of July 18 last year.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

IPL 2017: Full list of players released and retained by all 8 franchises

Kevin Pietersen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Johnson were some of the big names released by their Indian Premier League franchises.

A total of 63 players were released while 140 players including 44 overseas players were retained by the franchises for the 2017 edition.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will go into the players’ auction with the biggest purse among all the franchises, after they on Monday announced the list of cricketers retained for next year’s tournament.

In a media advisory on Monday (December 19), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the names of players retained and released by the 8 teams.

"The window for the franchises to retain players for the VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 season closed on December 15, 2016," BCCI said today

Among all 8 teams, Punjab have the maximum purse of Rs 23.35 crore for the auction. Their current squad strength is 18.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are one of the biggest teams in the IPL, have decided to retain 20 players including Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Such kind of retention does not come as a major surprise as they were their major stars in IPL 2016.

The Mumbai Indians have also retained 20 players, out of which six of them are foreign players including Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard among others. The Sunrisers Hyderabad, who won the ninth edition of the IPL, have kept back 17 of their players, and they will look to come up with some solid cricket to retain their title.

The two new teams of IPL 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, have decided to keep 16 players each from their debut season team. Kings XI Punjab have retained 19 players, while Delhi Daredevils have held back 18.

One can expect Kolkata Knight Riders to be very active during the IPL 2017 auctions as they have retained the minimum number of players (14).

The 10th season of the IPL is expected to begin around April, but before that it is the auction scheduled in February, where a large number of players will go under the hammer, which will gather immense interest. All the teams come for the auction well prepared, and one can expect a bidding war in February for some major players and youngsters, who have been making a name for themselves.

IPL 2017: Full list of players released and retainedby all 8 franchises

1. Delhi Daredevils

Players released 7 (three overseas)

Players retained 18 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 445,000,000

Purse remaining INR 215,000,000

At a glance At the 2016 player auction Delhi Daredevils had bought Pawan Negi, who was uncapped for India at the time, for INR 85,000,000; he was the most expensive Indian player. Negi has been released ahead of the 2017 auction, having made only 57 runs and taken one wicket in eight matches last season. Delhi have otherwise retained the bulk of their young squad that finished sixth in 2016 under the mentoring of former India captain Rahul Dravid.

2. Gujarat Lions

Players released 8 (one overseas)

Players retained 16 (six overseas)

Purse spent INR 516,500, 000

Purse remaining INR 143,500,000

At a glance Dale Steyn suffered a shoulder injury during South Africa's tour of Australia in November and was cut from the Gujarat squad; he played only one game for them last season. Gujarat retained the core of their squad -and most of their overseas players - after finishing top of the league stage in 2016. They released seven Indian players though, so their local contingent will need beefing up.

3. Kolkata Knight Riders

Players released 9 (six overseas)

Players retained 14 (four overseas)

Purse spent INR 462,500,000

Purse remaining INR 197,500,000

At a glance Kolkata Knight Riders released six out of the ten overseas players in their squad and will need reinforcements. Chris Lynn was retained despite playing only two games last season, while Morne Morkel was let go despite being picked for ten. Morkel has had injury trouble for a while and is presently out of action for South Africa. KKR have released a lot of overseas seamers and might look to make a purchase to fill that gap.

4. Rising Pune Supergiants 

Players released 11 (six overseas)

Players retained 16 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 469,000,000

Purse remaining INR 191,000,000

At a glance Rising Pune Supergaints released the most players among all the IPL franchises ahead of the 2017 auction after finishing second from bottom last season. They offloaded a lot of their seamers and overseas players and will need to replenish those stocks. Kevin Pietersen, their most high-profile player to get the axe, had played only four games in the 2016 season before he was ruled out with an injury.

5. Mumbai Indians

Players released 8 (four overseas)

Players retained 20 (six overseas)

Purse spent INR 544,450,000

Purse remaining INR 115,550,000

At a glance Mumbai - and RCB - retained the most players ahead of the 2017 player auction despite finishing outside the top four in IPL 2016 for the first time since the 2009 season. They cut two big hitters from New Zealand: Corey Anderson did not play a game for them last season because of fitness issues, while Martin Guptill had been brought in as a replacement player.

6. Kings XI Punjab

Players released 4 (three overseas)

Players retained 19 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 426,500,000

Purse remaining INR 233,500,000

At a glance Despite winning only four out of 14 games and finishing bottom of the league in 2016, Kings XI released only four players - the fewest among all the teams - and retained 19. David Miller was still listed as their top contract - INR 125,000,000 - despite making 161 runs in 13 innings last season. So unless they make significant purchases in the 2017 auction, the largely same squad will be charged with the task of a better finish.

7. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Players released 10 (three overseas)

Players retained 20 (eight overseas)

Purse spent INR 531,750,000

Purse remaining INR 128,250,000

At a glance RCB released 10 players ahead of the 2017 auction, but they still have 20 on their roster. The core remains the same, and of the players released only Varun Aaron was a regular in their XI in the 2016 season, when they lost the final to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

8. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Players released 6 (two overseas)

Players retained 17 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 451,000,000

Purse remaining INR 209,000,000

At a glance Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL in 2016 and the core of their squad remained unchanged for 2017. They released Eoin Morgan - 123 runs at a strike rate of 117 - and Trent Boult, who played only one game last season.

Pics Credits :- ESPN CricInfo

Dale Steyn to miss IPL 2017

After injuring his right shoulder during the first Test against Australia in November, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn will not be able to take part in next year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Steyn said he is likely to return only in June 2017 having undergone shoulder surgery last month. With the IPL set to be played in April and May, that all but rules the Proteas star out of the franchise-based T20 league.

Steyn had a successful surgery in Cape Town but has been ruled out for much of the action early next year. "The first two to three months is just the healing phase, so by the end of February I will start to be able to do things like light bowling, start swimming and all that kind of stuff," Steyn said.

It was the same shoulder where he suffered a less severe hairline fracture less than 12 months back. He had regretted rushing back from it. This time though, he's not taking any chances and he's also looking forward to the prospect of a break.

"It's actually really cool. I haven't had a long break like this in a good few years and every season I go into it with something wrong, whether it be a little hammie or whatever. It will be nice to go into a season, starting in June, and confidently know that I am really strong and in a good place," Steyn said.

With the ICC Champions Trophy beginning on June 1, it’ll be interesting to see if Steyn makes himself available for the tournament as the Proteas aim to win their first ICC tournament since 1998.