Mitchell Starc, Travis Head among top names registered for 2024 IPL auction, England’s Archer opts out

Renowned World Cup-winning cricketers, including the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Travis Head, have officially enlisted themselves for the upcoming 2024 IPL mini-auction. However, England’s Jofra Archer has opted not to participate in this auction. A comprehensive list of 1166 players has been shared with all franchises, revealing the pool from which teams can make acquisitions. The auction is scheduled to transpire in Dubai on December 9, 2024.

Noteworthy players such as Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra have also thrown their names into the auction, showcasing the diverse talent on offer. Seam bowler Josh Hazlewood, though the certainty of his availability for the entire season remains uncertain, has expressed interest in being part of the auction.

Breaking down the player pool, 830 individuals hail from India, 336 represent overseas talents, and 45 originate from associate nations. This diverse array comprises 212 capped players and 909 uncapped players.

Within the contingent of 830 Indian cricketers, 18 are capped players, including prominent names such as Varun Aaron, KS Bharat, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivam Mavi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Harshal Patel, Chetan Sakariya, Mandeep Singh, Barinder Sran, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Hanuma Vihari, Sandeep Warrier, and Umesh Yadav.

Of these, only four capped players—Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav—released by their franchises, have set their base price at INR 2 crores, while the remaining 14 will commence bidding with a base price of INR 50 lacs.

While Mitchell Starc’s inclusion in the auction marks his return since the 2014 season, the English Cricket Board has not provided clarity on Jofra Archer’s decision to withdraw, despite evident interest from several franchises.

Concerning the English players entering the auction, the majority have established their base prices ranging from INR 50 lacs to INR 75 lacs. A select few stars have positioned themselves in the top bracket, starting at INR 2 crores. The upcoming auction promises a riveting display of talent and strategic acquisitions in the pursuit of assembling competitive squads for the forthcoming seasons.

BCCI’s instructions to all teams

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has outlined specific guidelines for each team, urging them to provide any additional player requests not initially listed. Teams are advised to submit these requests to the board, and players meeting the eligibility criteria and expressing interest will be automatically included in the upcoming auction.

Given the limited availability of 77 spots, including a maximum of 30 overseas players, the BCCI has mandated that all franchises furnish a list of players they are interested in acquiring. While the deadline for releasing and retaining players was November 19, teams have been granted an extension until December 12 to finalize any trades. This deadline falls one week prior to the 2024 IPL mini-auction.

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