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IPL 2020 Player Auction: New Rules, Retained Players and Available Franchise Funds

IPL 2020 Auction: Date, Venue and Salary purse remaining for franchises

IPL 2020 is around the corner and the excitement is already heating up as far as cricketing enthusiasts are concerned. The premier T20 extravaganza is expected to start around April 2020 and continue till May 2020. Time will tell when the final IPL 2020 schedule is released. There has been a lot of talk about IPL 2020 draft new rules. The BCCI is reportedly considering quite a few changes.

The IPL 2020 auctions will take place in Kolkata on the 19th of December, 2019. This decision has been taken at the meeting of the IPL Governing Council. The players will be auctioned for the very first time in Kolkata which is the home city of KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders). The auction has always been held in Bangalore right from seasons 1-12 of the IPL although it has been shifted for the first time in the history of the tournament. In the last season, each franchise was allotted a maximum sum of Rs. 82 crore for purchasing players. For IPL 2020, this auction amount per team has gone up to Rs. 85 crore.

IPL Rules and Regulations 2020:

“Power Player” or “Super Sub” Experiment

The BCCI is reportedly considering a grand new innovation in the form of a Power Player rule. Power Player may be used as an experiment in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019. The team will not be naming the playing eleven. They will announce 15 players initially and players can be substituted at the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over anytime in the match. The Power Player can be used in a game-changing scenario. A team can use this opportunity to introduce a power player once during a match. If implemented in IPL 2020, it may change the whole complexion of crucial games and bring more excitement into the proceedings.

Exclusive ‘No Ball Umpire’ for IPL 2020

The BCCI is also considering having an umpire for monitoring no-balls as far as IPL 2020 is concerned since this has been a matter of debate for a long time. However there are sources who state that time is very short to implement this idea for IPL 2020 although it could be a reality for future seasons of the tournament.

Remaining Franchise Funds for IPL Auction 2020

Including IPL 2020 draft retentions, every team will have Rs. 85 crore to spend on players. They will now have an extra 3 crore at hand as per the new regulations added to the amount left in the earlier draft. Here is the purse remaining for the IPL franchises:

  1. Delhi Capitals- Rs. 8.2 crore
  2. Rajasthan Royals- Rs. 7.15 crore
  3. Kolkata Knight Riders- Rs. 6.05 crore
  4. Sunrisers Hyderabad- Rs. 5.30 crore
  5. Kings XI Punjab- Rs. 3.7 crore
  6. Mumbai Indians- Rs. 3.55 crore
  7. Chennai Super Kings- Rs. 3.2 crore
  8. Royal Challengers Bangalore- Rs. 1.80 crore

This is the final auction prior to the franchise line-ups being completely dissolved. For IPL 2021, fresh auctions will take place once again as per the IPL governing regulations.

Also See: 5 Highest Paid Cricketers in IPL History

Top Foreign Players in IPL 2020 Draft

There are quite a few foreign players who are expected to garner attractive/huge bids from franchises on the back of their renewed form and performance in recent months. They include the following:

  1. Jason Holder: Holder has previously played for KKR, CSK and SRH in the IPL but he does not have a great record. Holder went unsold in the last auction for a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore although he will be in higher demand at the auctions for IPL 2020, having played superbly for West Indies, being named Test Player of the Year 2019 by Cricket West Indies and being ranked as the Number 1 Test all-rounder by the ICC. In the 2019 World Cup, Holder was impressive, completing 100 matches in his ODI career for his team. He was also the third highest wicket taker in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 and led the Barbados Tridents to the title.
  2. Mushfiqur Rahim: Possibly the hottest prospect at the auctions for IPL 2020, Mushfiqur Rahim is a major asset. He has not debuted in the IPL till now and he was unsold last year at a base value of Rs. 50 lakh. However, experts predict that he will land a major contract for IPL 2020. Rahim was really consistent in the 2019 ICC World Cup and is a solid wicket-keeper batsman who was the second highest run-scorer for Bangladesh at the World Cup. He scored 367 runs in 8 games at 52.43 and his strike rate was 92.68. He also scored a hundred and two fifties. He is the second highest run-getter in the history of the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League), having notched up 1783 runs in 67 innings.
  3. Cameron Delport: KKR chose Delport in the IPL 2018 auctions but could not find a place for him in the squad, post which he was released and went unsold at last year’s auction for a base value of Rs. 30 lakh. Yet, he could now land a contract for much more. The South African batsman has just completed a really impressive stint in the 2019 Vitality Blast with Essex, notching up 409 runs in 14 games. He has naturally helped Essex Eagles to the title and his knock of 129 runs off 49 balls with a 263.27 strike rate versus Surrey was the tournament’s highest individual score. Overall strike rates touched 193.7 for Delport in the entire English season with a 161.2 strike rate versus pace. He also got a 2019 Hundred Draft contract as a result.
  4. Lendl Simmons: Simmons has played for 3 years with the Mumbai Indians (MI). He has scored 1,079 runs in 29 IPL games although he parted ways with his team post 2017. His base price was Rs. 1.5 crore in the IPL 2018 auctions where he went unsold. Even at a base price of Rs. 75 lakh for IPL 2019, Simmons went unsold in the auction. Yet, Simmons is far from finished, having resurrected his career in the recently completed CPL (Caribbean Premier League) 2019. He scored 430 runs in 11 innings with an average of 39.09. He was the second-highest run-getter in the entire 2019 edition.
  5. Jean-Paul Duminy: JP Duminy is arguably one of the best foreign players to have graced the Indian Premier League (IPL) stage. He was a part of Delhi Daredevils for IPL 2014 and 2015 and scored 410 and 414 runs respectively for these two seasons. He went to Mumbai Indians for IPL 2018 yet did not do anything outstanding, being released prior to the IPL 2019 auction where he went unsold for a base price of Rs. 1 crore. However, he has recently got a second lease of life which could see him garnering a fantastic bid at the IPL 2020 auctions. Duminy was the highest scorer with 332 runs in the 2019 Global T20 League Canada, taking his team Winnipeg Hawks to the title. He won the Player of the Series award too and also played a good CPL (Caribbean Premier League) 2019 season with Barbados Tridents.

IPL 2020 Players who have been retained till now

Here is a list of IPL 2020 players that have been retained till now although some could be released by their respective teams ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions. The reasons could be many, ranging from team balance and composition to freeing up more money to spend at the upcoming auctions.

Here is the list (ones marked in bold are doubtful to be retained as per predictions):

Retained IPL 2020 players

Several players have been retained by their respective franchises for IPL 2020. Here’s taking a closer look at the list-

Retained Players of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2020

  1. MS Dhoni
  2. Suresh Raina
  3. Faf Du Plessis
  4. M Vijay
  5. Ravindra Jadeja
  6. Sam Billings
  7. Mitchel Santner
  8. David Willey
  9. Dwayne Bravo
  10. Shane Watson
  11. Lungi Ngidi
  12. Mohit Sharma
  13. Ambati Rayudu
  14. Harbhajan Singh
  15. Deepak Chahar
  16. KM Asif
  17. Karn Sharma
  18. Dhruv Shorey
  19. N Jagdeeshan
  20. Shardul Thakur
  21. Monu Kumar
  22. Chaitanya Bishnoi

Retained Players of Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2020

  1. Rishabh Pant
  2. Shreyas Iyer
  3. Prithvi Shaw
  4. Amit Mishra
  5. Avesh Khan
  6. Harshal Patel
  7. Rahul Tewatia
  8. Jayant Yadav
  9. Manjot Kalra
  10. Colin Munro
  11. Chris Morris
  12. Kagiso Rabada
  13. Shikhar Dhawan
  14. Sandeep Lamichhane
  15. Trent Boult
  16. Keemo Paul
  17. Axar Patel
  18. Ishant Sharma
  19. Colin Ingram
  20. Hanuma Vihari

Retained Players of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2020

  1. KL Rahul
  2. Chris Gayle
  3. David Miller
  4. Andrew Tye
  5. Mayank Agarwal
  6. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  7. Karun Nair
  8. Ravi Chandran Ashwin
  9. Mandeep Singh
  10. Sam Curran
  11. Mohammed Shami
  12. Nicholas Pooran
  13. Moises Henriques
  14. Sarfaraz Khan

Retained Players of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2020

  1. Dinesh Karthik
  2. Robin Uthappa
  3. Chris Lynn
  4. Andrew Russell
  5. Sunil Narine
  6. Shubhman Gill
  7. Kuldeep Yadav
  8. Shivam Mavi
  9. Nitish Rana
  10. Rinku Singh
  11. Kamlesh Nagarkoti
  12. Carlos Brathwaite
  13. Lockie Ferguson

Retained Players of Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2020

  1. Rohit Sharma
  2. Hardik Pandya
  3. Quinton De Kock
  4. Lasith Malinga
  5. Yuvraj Singh
  6. Jaspreet Bumrah
  7. Krunal Pandya
  8. Suryakumar Yadav
  9. Mayank Markande
  10. Rahul Chahar
  11. Aditya Tare
  12. Kieron Pollard
  13. Evin Lewis
  14. Ben Cutting
  15. Mitchell McClenaghan
  16. Jason Behrendorff

Retained Players of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2020

  1. Steve Smith
  2. Ajinkya Rahane
  3. Sanju Samson
  4. Prashant Chopra
  5. Stuart Binny
  6. Rahul Tripathi
  7. Dhawal Kulkarni
  8. Ben Stokes
  9. Jaydev Unadkat
  10. Varun Aaron
  11. Oshane Thomas
  12. Manan Vohra

Retained Players of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2020

  1. Kane Williamson
  2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  3. David Warner
  4. Yusuf Pathan
  5. Billy Stanlake
  6. Rashid Khan
  7. Mohammed Nabi
  8. Shakib Al Hasan
  9. Abhishek Sharma
  10. Vijay Shankar
  11. Basil Thampi
  12. Jonny Bairstow
  13. Martin Guptil
  14. Wriddhiman Saha
  15. Khaleel Ahmed

Retained Players of Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) in IPL 2020

  1. Virat Kohli
  2. AB De Villiers
  3. Parthiv Patel
  4. Yuzvendra Chahal
  5. Washington Sunder
  6. Pawan Negi
  7. Moeen Ali
  8. Nathan Coulter Nile
  9. Colin De Grandhomme
  10. Umesh Yadav
  11. Marcus Stoinis
  12. Shivam Dube
  13. Shimron Hetmyer
  14. Heinrich Klaasen
  15. Tim Southee

It’s all building up to December 2019 now when the IPL 2020 auctions will take place. Of course, with the trade window being opened before then, a few releases and trade-offs could be witnessed as well though nothing has been confirmed till now.

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