The auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) next season will be held on Thursday in Kolkata for the first time.
A total of 971 cricketers from across the globe had put forth their name for consideration. The eight franchisees were handed over the list of the registered cricketers and it was trimmed to 332. This time, the auction will start in the latter part of the day instead of morning as has been the case with the previous years.
To attract more viewers, the BCCI and the broadcasters have decided the event will start from 3:30 pm IST.
The list comprises 19 Indian capped players and 24 new entrants including West Indies fast bowler Kesrick Williams, and Bangladesh wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. A total of 73 spots are up for grabs for the eight franchises combined, of which 29 need to be foreign players.
Below are the details of how you can watch and follow the auction live
When: December 19, 2019
Start Time: 3:30 pm IST
Where to Watch: Star Sports 1 Hindi/1 HD Hindi, Star Sports First, 1 Tamil, 1 Telugu, 1 Kannada, 1 Bangla.
Where to stream: Hotstar
Live Blog: India.com
Auctioneer: Hugh Edmeades
INR 2 crore is the highest reserve price with seven overseas players including Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Dale Steyn and Angelo Mathews having put themselves in the bracket.
Among the Indians, Robin Uthappa has the highest base price of INR 1.5 crore followed by Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan and Jaydev Unadkat who have set their base price at INR 1 crore.
Kings XI Punjab will enter the auction with the fattest purse of INR 42.70 crore. Four-time IPL winners and defending champions Mumbai Indians have the smallest purse with INR 13.05 crore.