The auction for the 12th season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League is just a few hours away and the excitement has already started building up among the cricket fans. The IPL auction is scheduled to take place at a new venue this time.
In total 346 players across the world will go under the hammer and fight for a handful of vacant positions left in each team. The auction list includes 118 capped players and 228 uncapped players from India and abroad.
The players’ auction will be a one-day affair this time, unlike the mega auctions that were held for the previous seasons.
The successful teams from the previous seasons have retained most of their players and would be looking forward to further strengthening their teams. While the teams that failed have released a majority of their players and are looking forward to building a new unit.
All you need to know about the IPL 2019 auction:
Date: December 18, 2018
Venue: Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Time: 14:30 IST
Telecast: Star Network (Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star 1 Sports Telugu, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD) and Hotstar
Right To Match (RTM) cards:
Franchises could retain five players with either direct retention or three through Right to Match cards that will be used during the auctions. Teams can only use a maximum of three RTMs, regardless of the number of players they managed to retain in the aforementioned lists submitted to the BCCI.
If a player has been successfully bought by one franchise, the team that he used to play for last year can use an RTM card to match the bid made by the former and keep the player with them. Those teams that have retained three users can only use the RTM card twice in the auctions.
The 346 players in the auction pool will be sorted into groups based on their role (batsman, bowler, all-rounder) and split into pots.
- The auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades will call out the player’s name and then franchises will start raising their paddles in order to raise a bid for the players. The bidding will start from the base price of the player and will go on for as long as it has to. The team with the highest bid will get the player.
- The bidding will continue till all the other teams back out and the auctioneer calls the player sold.
- If no team raises the paddle for a considerable period of time, the player will go unsold.
- The unsold players will then go back into the pot and can be bought later on in the day as well.