IPL 2019 Player Auction: In an eventful evening of the Indian Premier League 2019 player auction, we saw a lot of drama, bidding wars and total spending of a staggering ₹1,06,80,00,000. A total of 40 Indian and 20 overseas players for whom the eight participating teams broke their banks. Several uncapped players earned big as the franchises splashed big amount from their respective purse. Big names like Brendon McCullum, Dale Steyn found no buyers. Whereas, young talent like Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, and Sam Curran turned heads as they attracted heavy bids. Uncapped Indian Varun Chakaravarthy, Shivam Dube and teen sensation Paryas Barman surprised everyone as they fetched huge amount in the auction.Also Read - BCCI Strikes Back at Kohli-Shastri Regime! Will Kumble Accept The Job Offer?
Meanwhile, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said the board is trying its best to ensure all matches of the 2019 IPL take place in India. The dates and venues of the IPL are not announced yet as the BCCI is awaiting the schedule of the 2019 general elections which could clash with the T20 league. “We are trying our best to ensure that not a single game is taken out of India,” said Choudhary during the event. Also Read - Virat Kohli Should Have Consulted BCCI, Selectors: Kapil Dev
Due to the World Cup in England from May 30-July 14, the IPL is likely to run from last week of March to mid-May. The BCCI had hosted the tournament in South Africa during the 2009 elections before partially hosting it in the UAE during the 2014 elections. Also Read - Shardul Thakur Reacts on Virat Kohli's Decision to Step Down as T20 Captain of India After T20 World Cup
(With PTI inputs)