Last year, Indian skipper MS Dhoni drew the highest price at the hyped-up inaugural auction, with Chennai Super Kings forking out a whopping $1.5 million.
In contrast, this year’s auction, a One-day affair in Goa, is expected to be relatively low-key, unlike last year when it had bagged extensive TV coverage and Bollywood presence.
Though there are players from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and a player from Zimbabwe, the franchisees don’t sound too excited about the names. Also, this year each IPL team has a $2-million budget in contrast to $5 million last year.
However, there are a few new names which have created interest among the franchisees: Rory Kleinveldt of South Africa has a base price of $225,000, above some tried and tested players like Australia’s Brad Hogg who is pegged at $200,000.
Although every player wants to be a part of the IPL, only 15 to 20 per cent are likely to be sold, with the IPL not liable to pay any money to those who fail to find a buyer, according to the new rules.
The recession coupled with the fact that most teams already have their lineups more or less in place has meant reduced clamour for new players this year.
“Where is the money? Some of the players from Australia are not even available for the entire season, so what is the point,” a team official said.
The eight teams are now waiting for the final list.