New Delhi: Total of 578 players will go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction. The IPL Auction 2018 will last for two days, January 27 and 28, in Bengaluru. Out of 578 players, IPL franchises will have the option of picking from over 360 Indian cricketers. Cricket fans in India and across word will be glued to their TV sets and mobile devices to catch the latest from the IPL auction. The auction will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD and Star Sports First. The free live streaming of IPL 2018 auction will be available on HotStar as well. The auction is scheduled to begin from 9 am IST. Also Read - IPL: Shane Watson Opens up on Time at RCB And CSK, Claims Playing With Virat Kohli One of His Career Highlights
INR 2 crore is the highest base price in the IPL 2018 Auction. 36 players, which includes 13 Indians, have opted for the highest bracket. Some of the players who have opted for INR 2 crore as the base price are Ravi Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Hasan. Also Read - Dale Steyn's 'PSL More Rewarding Than IPL' Statement Stirs Fresh Controversy, Twitterverse Reacts on South Africa's Pacer's Comment
Rajiv Shukla, Chairman, IPL is looking forward to the auction and expects uncapped Indian players to attract high bids. “The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of the IPL and are sure to attract high bids,” Shukla said. Also Read - IPL vs PSL: Dale Steyn Underlines Drawback of Playing in Indian Premier League, Says Money is Given More Importance, Cricket Takes Back Seat
“A lot of strategising and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the IPL Player Auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting. The eight franchises have given us an indication of what their core would be with their Player Retentions and the IPL 2018 Player Auction will be an important step towards the creation of a successful team,” he added.