All you need to know about the IPL Auction 2024

Don't miss the IPL auction on December 19 at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai, starting at 11.30 am local time (1:00 pm IST), broadcast live on the Star Sports Network on TV and live-streamed on the JioCinema app.

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By Omar | Dec 18, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

It’s that time of the year again – the IPL auction, a pivotal day that shapes the futures of countless players. Who will find a new team? Who might go unsold? Which players will ignite bidding wars? Will there be surprising choices? Uncover all the details about the IPL 2024 auction.

What is a mini-auction?

Mini auction comes ahead of the mega auction leading up to IPL 2025. With teams retaining and trading players, this auction is focused on completing squads. Unlike the mega auction, the core of teams in a mini-auction remains relatively intact as they aim to strike the right balance.

How many slots are available?

According to the BCCI, a total of 1166 players registered for this year’s auction, with teams shortlisting 333 names: 214 Indian and 119 overseas players. Among these, 116 are capped, 215 are uncapped, and two players are from Associate nations. There are 77 vacant slots across the 10 teams, with 30 reserved for overseas players.

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When and where is this auction taking place?

On December 19, in Dubai – marking a historic first as the auction ventures overseas.

Money has been a significant theme. What are the remaining budgets for each team?

Gujarat Titans lead with INR 38.15 crore (USD 4.6 million approx.), needing to fill eight slots (including two overseas). Meanwhile, Lucknow Super Giants have the smallest purse at INR 13.15 crore (USD 1.58 million approx.) for six slots (including two overseas). The collective remaining purse for all franchises is INR 262.95 crore (USD 31.58 million approx.). Here’s a glimpse into the positions each team aims to address.

How does the auction process unfold?

Players are categorized into 19 sets based on their specialization: batter, all-rounder, fast bowler, spinner, and wicketkeeper. The auction alternates between capped and uncapped players after several sets.

Who are the notable International absentees this time?

The English trio of Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Jofra Archer won’t feature, managing their workloads. Kedar Jadhav is also missing, alongside Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan.

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Which players might command top bids?

Mitchell Starc, returning after an eight-year hiatus, could be a star attraction. Rachin Ravindra, with a base price of INR 50 lakh (USD 60,000 approx.), might witness intense bidding given his recent ODI World Cup performance. Expect fierce battles for these players.

Any promising uncapped players?

Keep an eye on highly sought-after talents like Arshin Kulkarni, Kumar Kushagra, and Musheer Khan. Learn more about them here.

Can teams still release or trade players?

No, the retention/release deadline has passed. However, the trading window reopens on December 20, a day after the auction, and remains active until a month before the 2024 season begins.

Who is the auctioneer this time?

Mallika Sagar takes the stage, becoming the first woman auctioneer in the IPL’s 16-year history, succeeding Hugh Edmeades. Don’t miss the IPL auction on December 19 at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai, starting at 11.30 am local time (1:00 pm IST), broadcast live on the Star Sports Network on TV and live-streamed on the JioCinema app.

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