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Exciting Auction on the Cards Leading up to IPL Season 7

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The Indian Premier League gears up for what promises to be yet another exciting auction ahead of season 7 of the summer T20 tournament that starts on the 8th of April.

Prior to the auction, which is scheduled to be held at Bengaluru on the 12th and 13 February, each of the 8 franchisees were allowed to retain upto 5 players from their previous squads. The introduction of ‘right to match cards’ this season will make for a more intriguing auction process, which includes a total of 514 players. A Right to Match card is the first right of refusal card that will allow a Franchisee to buy back one of its former players by matching the highest bid for the player after the conclusion of the customary bidding process for the player.

This will also be the first time that uncapped players will be included in the auction as the IPL governing council has decided to leave no scope for alleged ‘under the table’ deals for some of the finest domestic talent in the country.

The Chennai Super Kings, the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals have decided to use their full retainer ship quota of five players owing to which they will have a lesser purse of roughly Rs 210 million available at the auction and shall be given just one right to match card. While the Kings XI Punjab, the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained 2 players each from their previous squads and will therefore be handed 2 right to match cards, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have chosen to retain 3 players and will get only one 1 right to match card at the auction. The Delhi Daredevils, meanwhile, have released all of their previous players for the auction, which will enable them to have the maximum purse of Rs 600 million and the GMR group owned franchisee will also have 3 right to match cards available at their disposal.

Coming to the marquee players available in the auction, international stars Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag are among the 30 stars valued at top base price of Rs 2 Crores while a total of 11 Indian players are in the list. Among the ones to watch during the bidding process in the auction are hard-hitting New Zealand All-Rounder Corey Anderson, South African ace all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Australia’s former Mr. consistent Michael Hussey, whose values could shoot up through the roof during the auction process, owing to their impressive performances in limited overs’ formats. Also, recently disbanded England batsman Kevin Pietersen could attract massive interest in all franchisees as he could available for the entire season.

As the auction comprises of a large volume of players, the bidding for the uncapped players could be taken up on the 2nd day of the auction i.e. the 13th of February.