IPL 2014 auctions, players go under the hammer

New Dehli: Although IPL faces another high-tide period with the menace of betting and fixing in the league appearing to turn from allegation into ground reality, Rs. 274.50 crore will be put on the table by its eight franchises at the 2014 players auction beginning today, Wednesday.

Indian Supreme Court didn’t put a barrier in front of the IPL auction a couple of days ago, allowing it to go ahead on schedule in Bengaluru on February 12-13, which came as a relief to the 514 players in the auction pool at the two-day fanfare.

According to Indian media a complete makeover of most teams in store adds to the excitement when bidding starts on Wednesday with 16 marquee players who will have the base price of Rs. 2 crore each. Among them will be India’s Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, for whom it will be a platform to revive their of late wobbly careers, though the former did get a fillip after being named in the World T20 squad.

hottest picks will be New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson, who hit the fastest ODI hundred in 36 balls against the West Indies. He is almost certainly going to become one of the young millionaires like Ravindra Jadeja and Glenn Maxwell in the past. The list of 514 names includes 219 capped players (169 Indians and 50 overseas players) and 292 uncapped players (255 Indians and 37 overseas players). The Associate ICC members will be represented by Ireland’s Niall and Kevin O’Brien and Ryan Ten Doeschate of the Netherlands.

For once, nearly 1.2 billion Indian fans are not surprised to see the lid being blown off the IPL and its colourful patrons including Srinivasan and his ‘enthusiastic’ son-in-law, Meiyappan. They are grateful to Justice Mudgal for his honest confirmation of the deep muck that exists in IPL, and indeed BCCI.

It is no longer a state secret that Meiyappan was involved in betting and passing on inside information on CSK, and he was definitely a team official, if not the de facto team owner.

The players auction of the Indian Premier League will be conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England. Madley has conducted each of the previous auctions of the popular Twenty20 cricket league.