IPL 2017: Around 76 players to go under hammer on Feb 20
New Delhi : It’s Indian Premier League time, around 76 players including 28 from overseas will go under the hammer in Bengaluru on February 20.
The BCCI said 750 players have registered for the auction. The IPL franchises will go into the player auction with a maximum of INR 143.33 crore purse for 2017 season.
Kings XI Punjab, has the biggest purse of Rs 23.35 crore at its disposal. Delhi Daredevils are second in the list with a balance purse of Rs 23.1 crore and Mumbai Indians will have the least amount of money to be spent as they are only left with 11.555 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore will have 12.825 crore. The latest IPL entrants, Pune Super Giants and Gujarat Lions, are left with Rs 17.5 crore and 14.35 crore respectively.
With squad limit being 27, Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to do a lot of buying at the auction, having got only 14 players.
In December, the big names that were released from their respective squads were India pacer Ishant Sharma, South African speedster Dale Steyn and former England batting star Kevin Pietersen, who has now ruled himself out of the upcoming edition. As many as 140 cricketers, including 44 overseas players, were retained, while 63 were let go by the eight franchisess.