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30 Players to watch in the IPL Season 5 Auction

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In the midst of a dreadful Indian tour down under and a similar course for England in the Middle-East, here comes the richest and the most glamorous cricket tournament, though not necessarily of earth shattering quality. Come the 4th of February, it will become crystal clear which players are going to be involved with which franchise with the focus of attention being the newly released players from Kochi Tuskers Kerala, whose team has been removed following some legislative and financial issues with the IPL governing body.

Some other players, including a few Englishmen have also been put up for Auction. Not surprisingly, no Pakistanis are named in the auction with Azhar Mahmood, a former Pakistan all rounder slated as an English cricketer. Almost all the franchises have a $2million kitty, the exceptions being Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors, who have spent some amount from that bucket on retaining Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly respectively.

With only a handful of Indian superstars in the pot, it will surprise no one to see them out price the best of the rest. However, keeping in mind player availability and attractiveness, here is a proposed list of 30 players who are the most likely to get the nod in this auction...

Ravindra Jadeja : If rumors are to be believed, this left arm utility player seems to be the hottest property going around. The southpaw with his left arm spin and his recent form in ODIs is a handful and being available throughout the season won't do his credentials any harm.

R.P.Singh : The highest wicket taker in the IPL so far (52 wickets) and loads of T20 experience makes the UP left arm pacer a top choice amongst a number of franchisees.

Dinesh Chandimal : The right hand batsman from Sri Lanka seems to be the next big prospect for the island nation and with his good limited overs showing in England and South Africa, franchises must be on the lookout for him.

Parthiv Patel : With the image of the best batting wicket keeper in India today, Parthiv Patel can be a top pick considering his availability and recent international form.

R. Vinay Kumar : A regular feature of every IPL so far, VInay Kumar can be a useful medium pacer with his experience of working earlier with Royal Challengers and Kochi Tuskers.

Doug Bracewell : Dougy Bracewell didn't do his reputation any harm after grabbing a 6 fer to lead New Zealand to a rare test victory against Australia at Hobart and seems to be one of those tempting bets.

Brendon McCullum: After the Kochi saga, Brendon McCullum can be a boon to some struggling teams who need a wicket keeper who can be a merciless basher. Brendon McCullum leads the race for the aforementioned category.

Mahela Jayawardene : With his deft touches and loads of experience, the newly re-appointed Sri Lankan skipper can be on the priority list of a number of franchisees. A potential captain doesn't do his credentials any harm.

Vernon Philander : Slated to be the next South African pace sensation, Philander's performances against Australia and Sri Lanka recently at home can make him a good prospect for the franchise owners.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe : Rated as the best limited overs bowler in South Africa by many; Lonwabo Tsotsobe is sure to roll some eyelids for his economical and planned left arm seamers.

Shantakumaran Sreesanth : If it wasn't due to injury; Sreesanth would have featured higher in this list with his IPL experience. But, he sure seems to be a good long term reserve with his potential match winning, though at times erratic pace bowling.

Muttiah Muralitharan : The wily old fox from Lanka, his experience and variety in deliveries sure can be a handful for oppositions. And now that he's retired, he can play a full season.

Marchant De Lange : Considered to be an image of Dale Steyn during his early years, Marchant De Lange can be a good innovative pick with his abilities to turn matches around with his fast bowling.

Justin Kemp : A hard hitter and a more than useful medium pacer, Justin Kemp with his past IPL experience can be a handful.

Jacob Oram : Another pick similar to Justin Kemp, Oram can be a useful middle order hitter and a more than useful limited overs bowler. His past experience in the IPL will do his case no harm.

Rangana Herath : A recent left arm spin sensation from Sri Lanka, Herath can be a tempting pick looking at his recent man of the match performance at Newlands to win Sri Lanka their first ever test in South Africa.

Matthew Prior : The best test wicketkeeper batsman in the world, Prior can hit the cricket ball with some strength and his excellent keeping skills make him to be a nice choice.

Ravi Bopara : An ex Kings XI Punjab opener, Bopara's ability on slow tracks along with his medium pacers and his experience in the IPL seem to strengthen his case as a potential pick.

Darren Bravo : Considered to be a replica of a certain Brian Charles Lara, Darren Bravo's recent excellent performances in India must have grabbed the attention of more than a few.

Ian Bell : Arguably, the best test batsman of 2011 and the most reliable batsman in the English batting order, Bell might be England's best bet to get a bid. But, his recent failure in the Middle-East might go against him.

Peter Siddle : A man who looks the same at the start and the end of the day, Peter Siddle is sure to attract eyeballs with his recent excellence against India and his lion hearted approach to fast bowling.

Graeme Swann : This English off spinner best known for his intelligent variations in spin, Swann seems to be a good T20 pick with his pinch hitting capabilities supporting his case.

Fidel Edwards : Every team needs a match winning fast bowler and Edwards' big heart and decent performances in India recently must have caught the eye of some onlookers.

Ravi Rampaul : Best known for knocking over Tendulkar consistently, this Caribbean pacer with his awkward bounce and skiddy action can be another mouth watering prospect.

Mitchell Johnson : Franchises can benefit from this Aussie left arm pacer who thanks to his batting and subcontinent experience can be a useful pick for them.

James Anderson : The spearhead of the English bowling, Anderson can be useful with his reverse swinging capabilities accentuated by his ability to hide the ball before delivery.

Owais Shah: A nice middle order limited overs batsman, Owais Shah seems to be good add on pick considering his great run of form in the Big Bash League tournament down under.

Andre Russell : Russell burst on to the scene during the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent, a utility cricketer with his medium pace bowling and lower order hitting.

Sunil Narine : Another good prospect from the Caribbean launched in India, Sunil Narine came to the fore with his mysterious leggies during the recent one day series in India. Narine was a super hit in the Champions League.

Kevin O'Brien : One of the best prospects coming out of the associate nations, Kevin O'Brien seems to be a tempting pick with his match winning World Cup 100 (113 off 63 balls) against England, right here in the subcontinent.

International stars availability:

South Africa and New Zealand - entire tournament

England and Australia – 5 out of 8 weeks

Sri Lanka - 7 out of 8 weeks

West Indies – 3 out of 8 weeks