While there are some players like Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson who will be automatically snapped and will be likely to go for a lot of money, but the same cannot be said for some other players.
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In fact, at the end of Saturday's auction, more players will be disappointed than happy as most of them are likely to go unsold.
While much of it is down to the fact that the squad of each team isn't unlimited, this auction is likely to see many stars go unsold. Here are 3 players who are likely to go unsold at the IPL auctions 2016
#1 Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin has already announced his retirement from International Cricket, but his performances in the Big bash league have shown that he still has got a plenty to offer. Unfortunately for the former Australian wicketkeeper, his age and his high base price is likely to mean that he goes unsold.
While Haddin's base price of 1.5 crore isn't exorbitant, it is certainly on the higher end of the spectrum. When you consider that there are other foreign keepers, like Sam Billings and Ben Dunk, who are not only younger but might only cost a fraction of Haddin's price, then it is easy to see why he might go unsold.
There are not only plenty of cheaper alternatives but the biggest thing going against Haddin is Jos Buttler, who announced his intention to play in this year's IPL. Having scored a century just a few days before the auction, he will certainly be on everyone's minds and the fact that he is a younger and better player than Haddin is likely to mean teams go for him rather than Haddin, although both have the same base price.
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#2 Hashim Amla
Throughout his career, Hashim Amla has been battling against public perception. Ever since he burst onto the scene, although his numbers say otherwise, people have been quick to stereotype him as a Test batsman. That is perhaps one of the reasons why Amla has never played in the IPL.
Another reason for his non-selection in the IPL, aside from the fact that he might simply not be fashionable enough, might be his middling T20 record. An average of almost 29 and a strike rate of 123 might be decent, but when you can only play four foreigners, Amla's inability to win a match on his own in the shortest format is something that is held against him.
With the base price of 1 Crore will be discouraging for the franchises, ultimately it is down to the fact that he isn't a match-winner in the T20 format that might mean that the former South African captain remains unsold in this year's auction as well.
#3 James Pattinson
Despite only being 25, James Pattinson has already suffered more injuries and been out of action for longer than most players in their entire careers. Although he is currently fit and returned back to action in the Sheffield Shield and picked up two wickets against Tasmania, his injury record, which has meant he has only played 35 international matches in almost five years means he is likely to go unsold.
While some team might be tempted to take a gamble on the Australian pacer, the fact that he has a base price of 1.5 crore, might discourage them from doing so. Especially given his track record of injuries and also because in T20s, his numbers are anything but remarkable.
While it is true that in the last auction, Kolkata Knight Riders bought KC Cariappa, an unknown spinner, for 2.4 crore, all evidence points towards Pattinson being unsold.