Bangalore, Feb 3: Back in 2011, at the IPL 4 auction, 10 Indian Premier League franchises splashed out $62.8 million totally to acquire a total of 82 foreigners and 45 Indian players excluding retained players.
The IPL 5 auction will take place in Bangalore on Saturday. Nine teams with a total sum of $16.94 million cash to select 144 players.
With such limited money ($2 million per team minus any money spent on re-signing players like Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle) the competition will be stiff and yet another exciting auction for teams trying to grab the best of players. Among 144 players who are available at prices ranging from $400,000 to $20,000, only eight are Indians and seven from the terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
So, 136 foreigners will be competing for 29 spots, with each team allowed a max of 11 foreigners, one up from the earlier 10, following the termination of Kochi Tuskers team. Kochi was the first team to sign 10 foreigners which was allowed then, now these players must be accommodated elsewhere.
The rule of four foreigners in the playing XI stays, which means around 107 foreigners will not be sold in this auction.
Players like Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene, may not find a team.
Franchises have been looking at players who performed well during leagues like Champions league Twenty20 and the Big Bash League. Scouts have been busy looking at lesser names so that they can be acquired cheaply.