Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch have chosen not to enter the IPL 2019 auction keeping in mind Australia’s cramped scheduled over the first half of 2019. However, Australia will play against India followed by the 2019 World Cup and then the Ashes. Moreover, England’s all-rounder, Sam Curran has been listed in a group of nine capped players for the auction. Meanwhile, the youngster has listed himself at the maximum base price of INR 2 crore (USD 278,000 approx).

The Aussie duo prefer country over IPL

Aaron Finch, IPL, Glenn Maxwell
The Aussie duo opted out of IPL 2019 auction. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Furthermore, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch were the two players who were released by their respective franchises in November. They had spent only one season with the new franchise. Maxwell was released by Delhi Daredevils (now renamed Delhi Capitals), who signed him in January for INR 9 crore (USD 1.4 million approx then). On the other hand, Finch was picked by Kings XI Punjab for INR 6.2 crore (USD 948,000).

Furthermore, some of the big names listed on the auction pool are Dale Steyn (Base Price INR 1.5 crore/USD 208,000 approx). Post comes three other big shots like Brendon McCullum, D’Arcy Short, Corey Anderson (all INR 2 crore). Meanwhile, Jaydev Unadkat has listed the maximum base price by an Indian player at INR 1.5 crore. Meanwhile, he was the highest paid Indian player at the January 2018 auction with Rajasthan Royals signing with INR 11.5 crore.

However, the Australian cricketers will spend the least time in the IPL, as the IPL considering the Sheffield Shield ends on April 1. Moreover, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch are likely to be in the UAE. They will play a five-match ODI series against Pakistan. The dates are yet to be announced, as the series is expected to begin in late March. However, it will end in the first half of April.

Sheffield Shield to clash with IPL dates

Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, IPL
Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell opt of IPL auction. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, the IPL had sent a long list of 946 players to the eight franchises including 200 capped players on Monday. Of those, 25 are Indians, and three are associate players. The franchises will need to send the IPL the list of players they want to add to the longlist by December 7.

By December 10, the franchises will need to address the IPL the list of players they want in the auction pool following which a final list will get prepared.