IPL auction 2024: IPL 2024 auction rattled by player availability concerns and withdrawals

Shifting Sands: Player Availability Shakes Up IPL 2024 Auction Prospects

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By Dhruv Patel | Dec 19, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The anticipation surrounding the IPL 2024 auction has been met with twists and turns as player availabilities and withdrawals alter team strategies. Among the headline-grabbing developments, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood’s limited availability has sent ripples through the auction room. Hazlewood, a pivotal figure in Australia’s victorious ODI World Cup campaign, received the nod from BCCI intimating his delayed IPL entry, not until the first week of May. The impending birth of his first child sidelines him during March and April, impacting his tenure in the tournament.

Formerly with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hazlewood’s Rs 2 crore base price category positioning generated substantial buzz, only to be dimmed by his restricted availability, leaving potential bidders in a quandary. Contrarily, Travis Head and other Australian players are slated to be available for the entire IPL duration, assuring stability to potential franchises eyeing their services. However, the scenario varies for other international players like Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman, with a constrained availability window from March 22 to May 11, limiting his participation.

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The unavailability of Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam due to national commitments against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in March and April further trims down the IPL options. Conversely, Sri Lankan players face a divided spectrum based on their Test squad inclusions. While Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will be accessible throughout the IPL, others hinge on their Test series against Bangladesh, potentially joining post-April 3 if picked in the auction. The withdrawal of young English leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, exiting the auction post the Test series against India, adds to the roster complexities. Stringent monitoring of remaining English players by ECB’s managing director Rob Key emphasizes the T20 World Cup’s looming presence post-IPL.

As franchises strategize for the auction, these availability fluctuations prompt recalibrations. The balance between securing talent and ensuring their availability for the tournament’s crucial phases becomes a pivotal factor in team selections. With star players juggling international commitments, personal milestones, and strategic withdrawals, the IPL 2024 auction evolves into a dynamic platform, challenging franchises to craft astute selections while navigating the intricate web of player availabilities and commitments.

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