The deadline for players to register for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is Thursday, November 30. Players must submit their names along with No Objection Certificates (NOCs) through their respective boards, and the auction itself is scheduled for December 19.
With expectations of more than 700 players registering this time, the list is anticipated to include some prominent names. Notable performers from the World Cup, including Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Travis Head, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, among others, are expected to be among the top attractions.
Starc, in particular, is likely to be highly sought after by franchises, despite his history of making himself unavailable after being acquired in previous auctions. Cricket Australia sources have revealed that at least five franchises have expressed interest in the left-armer, and he is expected to be prominently featured on the marquee list.
Following player registration, franchises will need to narrow down the list.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) anticipates around 70 players to be sold at the auction. The BCCI has set a transaction limit of INR 262.95 crore for the auction, with 77 available slots across the 10 squads. Additionally, teams can acquire up to 30 foreign players.
While Ben Stokes has already withdrawn, sources from franchises indicate they are awaiting confirmation regarding the availability of Jofra Archer, recently released by Mumbai Indians. There is also speculation that Josh Hazlewood may be available for the league, having been released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore recently.
The IPL is expected to take place from the third week of March until the third week of May, following the conclusion of the five-Test series between India and England. This schedule allows players and boards sufficient time to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup, set to commence on June 3.