IPL 2020 Auction: Franchises gear up to complete their squad in Kolkata.
The Indian Premier League franchisees will engage in one last exercise today (Thursday) to complete their respective squads for Season 13 – IPL 2020. The auction in Kolkata is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm.
The Indian Premier League 2020 Auction pool has been extended to 338 players. Few hours before the auction scheduled from 3:30 pm at Kolkata today, six more players are added to the auction pool.
This being a relatively smaller auction — with only 73 slots to be filled by the eight franchises, of which 29 will be foreign buys — the idea for the teams is to fill in the gaps and make smart, deft moves before the tournament takes off.
Kings XI Punjab have the maximum money to spend (Rs 42.70 crore) and will look to rope in a captain after India’s premier Test off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was traded to Delhi Capitals.
Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians have more or less a set core of players retained and will look to buy back-up options in case of injuries. Both teams do not have a lot of money left in their purse and would look to spend smartly.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will have their eyes on overseas players although they don’t have too much purse remaining (Rs 27.90 crore) to play with.
All eyes will also be on England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan. Having featured for Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past, Morgan could be a lucrative option for franchises like Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jaydev Unadkat, who was the highest buy for the last couple of seasons, was released by Rajasthan Royals this season and it will be interesting to see whether the Saurashtra pacer manages to earn big, this time around.