5 overseas players who might go unsold in IPL 2020 Auction
- Updated: November 4, 2019
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has already started making waves with fans and enthusiasts waiting with bated breath for the upcoming auctions scheduled for 19th December, 2019. The auctions will take place in Kolkata for the first time ever and teams will have time until the 14th of November, 2019, for trading players. The auction will not be a mega exercise this time around like it was last year. However, some exciting developments can still be anticipated.
Experts have opined that several big players such as Aaron Finch, Glen Maxwell and Robin Uthappa may be up for grabs this year.
5 Overseas players who may go unsold for IPL 2020 Auction
1. Andrew Tye: Andrew Tye was always known as a prolific death bowler although he has lost some of his mojo in the last season where he took just 3 wickets in 6 matches for Kings XI Punjab before being omitted from the playing XI. A far cry from IPL 2018 where he won the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets. There are chances of Kings XI Punjab keeping him in the side although they are slim. In case he comes into the auction pool, he may eventually be unsold since he has not been in good form on the international cricket circuit as well. In IPL 2019, Tye gave away 40+ runs in 3 matches out of the 6 that he played. Kings XI Punjab may look to let him go and other teams may not want a fast bowler who is not at his peak anymore.
2. Tim Southee: Another fast-bowling sensation, Tim Southee has always been one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. Yet, he has not shone on the Indian Premier League stage, picking up just 28 wickets in 40 IPL games with his economy rate going over 8.5. RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) may not want to retain Southee for the upcoming 2020 season, particularly after he disappointed in IPL 2019. In the 2019 edition, Southee was picked for only 3 games before being dropped from the team. He conceded a whopping 118 runs in 9 overs that were bowled in three matches. The economy rate stood at 13.11, the worst such figure for Southee ever since he debuted in the IPL. Although he is still a well-known global cricketer, Southee may find himself without any takers in the auctions for IPL 2020.
3. Ashton Turner: Ashton Turner is an all-rounder with great promise and Rajasthan Royals purchased him in the auctions for IPL 2019. Turner was in good nick ahead of the tournament and in the series versus India prior to the IPL, he scored 125 runs in 3 games at a strike rate surpassing 140. Yet, IPL 2019 was forgettable for Turner with only 3 runs in 4 games. He had 3 ducks in three consecutive matches which was truly dismal to say the least. Post IPL 2019, Turner has not really piled up any memorable performance to his name. He may have to go unsold in the auctions for IPL 2020 as reckoned by experts.
4. Beuran Hendricks: Beuran Hendricks, the pace bowler from South Africa, was purchased by MI (Mumbai Indians) as the replacement for their wonderkid Alzarri Joseph. Yet, Mumbai Indians already possess ample pace bowling firepower in the team and Hendricks did not play a single game in the IPL. The team may let him go this season since they already have Jason Behrendorff, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Mitchell McClenaghan in addition to Lasith Malinga. With so many fast bowlers in the team, Hendricks may not be retained by the defending champions of the IPL. He may come into the auction pool and other franchises may not be that interested since he has not done anything of note till now to warrant a major contract.
5. Matthew Kelly: Matthew Kelly, the medium-pacer, was drafted into the KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) setup in IPL 2019. He did not get even a single game due to the depth in the KKR squad. KKR may release Kelly for IPL 2020 and since he does not have any memorable performance or records to his name, Kelly may go unsold at the auctions for IPL 2020. Many franchises may not know the young player at the moment or may simply be uninterested. KKR already have the likes of Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney and Andre Russell in their ranks and releasing Kelly will free them up to look for someone more promising.
IPL 2020 auctions will definitely be interesting enough although it is sad to note that the above mentioned overseas players may go unsold.