Franchises gear up for IPL Players’ Draft to be held on Dec 15

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 12:40 IST
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni congratulates Ravichandran Ashwin for taking a wicket during the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa at The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on October 5, 2015. (AFP)

The two new IPL franchises - Pune and Rajkot - will have the chance to add world class players to their squad when the IPL Players’ draft takes place at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s clubhouse in the Bandra-Kurla Complex on December 15.

“The draft pick is to be held at the BKC clubhouse starting at 12:15 pm on the 15th,” a top BCCI source told PTI.

Sanjeev Goenka’s New Rising won the bid for the Pune franchisee while Intex won for Rajkot after a reverse bidding process held in Delhi on December 8.

As a result, Pune will be given the choice to pick the players first because they were the lowest bidders (negative bids) to buy the new team for two years.

The bidding process for the two new franchises was necessitated by the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the involvement of some of their officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which was probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice (retd) R M Lodha committee.

However, both the CSK and RR will be allowed back in the league after serving out their suspension.

The cricketers from the two suspended franchises will be divided into two groups of capped and uncapped and the top names will be sold through the draft system. The two new teams will have a minimum of Rs 40 crore and a maximum of Rs 66 crore to buy players.

Among the players expected to feature in the draft, it would be interesting to see whether India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni still commands the sort of attraction that he had when CSK grabbed him with a million-dollar bid in the first-ever players’ auction held eight years ago.

Dhoni, who led CSK for eight seasons, is expected to be in the first list of the draft.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the dismissal of Hashim Amla of South Africa during final day of the fourth Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on December 7, 2015. (PTI Photo)

It would also be interesting to note whether Rajkot guns for its home player Ravindra Jadeja whose stocks have risen of late after he made his comeback into the Indian squad in the Test series against South Africa.

Other leading players who could be in the draft are CSK’s Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo and Brendon McCullum and RR’s Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Shane Watson.

The franchises, which choose the first two players in the draft -- in which one player each will be put up to be chosen alternately -- will have to shell out Rs 12.5 crore.

As per the tender, the first capped player would be paid 12.5 crore while the remaining four capped players are to get Rs 9.5 crore, Rs 7.5 crore, Rs 5.5 crore, and Rs 4 crore respectively. Uncapped players can be picked for a stipulated fee of Rs 4 crore.

The main player auction for unpicked players and others will be held on February 6 in Bengaluru.

The ninth edition of the IPL is scheduled from April 9 to May 29 next year.

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