On December 19, there will be another big auction in Kolkata and the players are all set to be a part of it. Close to one thousand, 971 to be specific, players have registered themselves for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction. More than 200 of these are capped international players, confirming IPL’s status as the world’s biggest T20 league.
713 Indian and 258 overseas players will participate to make the final shortlist for just the 73 vacant spots across the eight-teams.
- Capped Indian (19 players)
- Uncapped Indian (634 players)
- Uncapped Indians who have played at least 1 IPL match (60 players)
- Capped International (196 players)
- Uncapped International (60 players)
- Associate (2 players)
BCCI Decision on this bumper auction:
The BCCI confirmed this news through an official mail. Here is how the mail reads:
“The VIVO IPL Player Registration closed on 30th November with 971 players (713 Indian and 258 overseas players) signing up to be a part of the VIVO IPL 2020 Player Auction set to take place in Kolkata on 19th December 2019. Franchises are having time until 5:00 PM IST, Monday, 9th December to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final VIVO IPL 2020 Player Auction list. Hugh Edmeades will once again be the auctioneer.”
19 capped India players have registered their names for the auction ahead of the 2020 season. There will be 634 uncapped Indian players, and further 60 players who are yet to make India debut but have at least played 1 IPL match (like Rahul Tripathi of Rajasthan Royals).
While one player each from the USA and the Netherlands has put forward their names, there are as many as 55 players from Australia – including the in-form Chris Lynn who was released by KKR – and 54 from South Africa.
This big list of players will be revealed before the auction. The franchises now need to submit their shortlist from the pool of registered players before the 5 PM IST deadline on December 9.
The country-wise List of 258 overseas players is shown below:
Of the 258 international players, Australia has 55 entries, closely followed by South African players, 54 of whom have registered for the auction, 39 Sri Lankans, 34 West Indians, 24 Kiwis, 22 Englishmen, and 19 Afghan players.