After getting released from Kolkata Knight Riders, Mitchell Starc wants himself to be away from the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). Meanwhile, he hasn’t enrolled his name in the auction list for IPL 2019. Thus, he won’t be part of the event anymore for the season. Another absentee is Pat Cummins, who followed the path of Mitchell Starc.
However, it seems like most of the Australian cricketers want to stay away from the lucrative tournament. Perhaps, the 2019 World Cup is playing a key role in decision making. Earlier, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell also restricted themselves from the participation.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are notable absentees in IPL 2018 –
Meanwhile, KKR signed Mitchell Starc in the previous season, but unfortunately, injury never allowed him to be present for them. And, the same applied for Pat Cummins, who failed to stay for Mumbai Indians due to injury concerns.
However, the auction register has got 1000 cricketers in which 25 capped Indians, 175 capped International players and three Associate countries’ players took place. And also, 65 uncapped Indian players who have played at least one IPL match and 681 uncapped Indians.
Also, there are 54 uncapped international players. The franchises have been asked to shortlist in a week. Surprisingly, none of the Indians has put themselves in the highest INR 2 crore base price bracket. Yuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Shami have given themselves a base price of INR 1 crore.
Jaydev Unadkat, who was sold for INR 11.5 crores last year, has a reserve price of INR 1.5. Seven internationals, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Brendon McCullum, have the maximum base price of INR 2 crore
No More Richard Madley in IPL
All the previous editions saw Richard Madley auctioning the players. The cricket fanatics got used to watching him selling, but this time, he isn’t going to be there. It will be conducted by Hugh Edmeades, an international fine art and charity auctioneer, who got 30 years experience in the profession.