IPL teams to bid for 17 players at auction
With a total of $13.59 million in their pocket, eight Indian Premier League franchisees will buy 17 players from a pool of 50 when the second edition of the players’ auction gets under way on Friday.
Spelling out the details of the auction, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi on Thursday revealed plans about extending the franchisees’ catchment areas to neighbouring countries and announced that the one-over Eliminator would replace the bowl-out to determine the outcome of a tied match.
Among other things, Modi said franchisees affected by the Pakistan government’s decision to bar its players from the second IPL could rope in replacements once the auction is over.
Accordingly, Kolkata Knight Riders can bring in Umar Gul’s replacement, Bangalore Royal Challengers can recruit another to substitute Misbah-ul-Haq while Rajasthan Royals can draft in a couple to make up for the absence of Sohail Tanvir and Kamran Akmal.