The 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is less than two weeks away and cricket players from around the world are looking forward to another massive payday. The IPL saw a total of 1122 players register for the auction and that list was sent across on Jan 12 to the eight IPL franchises. The IPL list has a total of 838 players who have never played international cricket and 281 players who have represented their country.
A total of 778 Indian players have thrown their hat into the ring and 3 players from associated countries (minnows) have put themselves on the list. Australia leads the list with the most number of foreign players (58) followed by South Africa with (57). The West Indies and Sri Lanka have (39) players each on the list while England has (23) players and Afghanistan has (13).
Top International Players With Max Base Price
Some of the top international players who have listed themselves at the highest base price (INR 2 crore) which is around $315,000 include Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson and Glenn Maxwell.
Ben Stokes was the highest paid player in the 2017 IPL and it will be interesting to see if IPL franchises once again go after Stokes considering the off-field trouble he has had in the recent past which caused the ECB to ban him from playing international cricket. The ECB has made it clear they have no problems with him playing the IPL.
Top Indian Players With Max Base Price
There are some surprises when it comes to the top Indian players who have quoted the max base price. Cricketers like Y Singh, H Singh, G Gambhir and R Uthappa have all set their base price at INR 2 crore. None of these players feature in the current Indian squad in any format and do not have any strong performances behind them in recent times.
The question is whether the eight IPL franchises be willing to once again pay top dollar for these players who were once top performers. Ishant Sharma quoted the max base price in the 2017 IPL auction and none of the franchises picked him up. This time around, Sharma played it safe and quoted a base price of just 75 lakhs as this strategy will most likely see him get picked and paid a lot more.
If Y Singh and company fail to get picked in the 2018 IPL auction, they might have to adopt a strategy similar to Ishant Sharma for IPL 2019.