The IPL auction for the forthcoming season of the T20 extravaganza will take place on the 19th of December in Kolkata. With the release and retention lists being announced a few days ago, the franchises have started planning to bridge the gaps in their teams. Few franchises have retained their core players, liberating only a few players. Whereas most teams have let go of several players, especially foreign recruits, who haven’t lived up to the hype.
The auction is less than a month away, and the buzz is around a few players. With several tournaments being played since the last season of the IPL, including CPL, T10 League, Mzansi Super League, Vitality Blast, few players have emerged who can trigger a bidding war among the franchises.
We at Cricket Addictor will take a look at five players between whom the franchises can engage in a bidding war in the IPL 2020 auctions:
England’s Tom Banton shot into the limelight, having finished the second-highest run-scorer in T20 Vitality Blast. Since then, he has been in the radar of several franchises around the globe. Big Bash League’s Brisbane Heat secured his services last month. Most recently he featured in T10 league, playing for Qalandars.
The 21-year old amassed 162 runs in five games, striking at 200. Banton’s approach to the shortest format, mainly his expertise in playing the reverse sweeps and scoops makes him an exciting prospect. Having a player who can play a diverse range of shots indeed is a plus point for any franchise in the IPL.
While the Englishman expressed his desire to play for the Mumbai Indians, most franchises would be lining up to recruit him to team up with them.