Another edition of the world-famous Indian Premier League (IPL) is round the corner and buzz surrounding it has already started with the IPL 2020 auctions slated to take place in a few days time. However, the game on the blackboard has already begun with teams doing their last-minute planning in a bid to solve the puzzle to attain the desired results.

Going into the mega day, 71 players were released by their respective franchises. A total of 127 players have been retained, including 35 foreigners, who will continue to ply their trade in the cash-rich tournament. We have previously witnessed that this kind of auctions has made careers of many cricketers and the upcoming IPL 2020 auctions is going to be many different.

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There are many rags to riches stories coming out from the bidding war and the whole world is getting ready to witness some intense bidding when Hugh Edmeades, the IPL auctioneer, will set the balls rolling on the dais. Already there are few many which are going rounds who can bag a bid deal while some star cricketers are likely to go sold considering their recent performances.

Meanwhile, another 20-odd day of waiting before the stage is set to fire in Kolkata.

Here is everything you would want to know about the IPL 2020 Auctions:

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WHEN?

The IPL 2020 auctions will take place on December 19 (Thursday)

WHERE?

Kolkata

LIVE COVERAGE:

The auctions will be telecasted live on Star Sports. Besides, the live streaming of the IPL 2020 auctions will also be available on Hotstar.

Here is the list of players released by the franchises ahead of IPL 2020 Auctions:

Chennai Super Kings: Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn.

Delhi Capitals: Ankush Bains, Bandaru Ayyappa, Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh.

Kings XI Punjab: Agnivesh Ayachi, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Anrich Nortje, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, KC Cariappa, Matt Kelly, Nikhil Naik, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Mundhe.

Mumbai Indians: Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Beuran Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh.

Rajasthan Royals: Aryaman Birla, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Sudhesan Midhun.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Akshdeep Nath, Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klassen, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Deepak Hooda, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan.

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Purse Balance of all the eight franchises going into the IPL 2020 Auctions

  • Kings XI Punjab will go into the auctions with the biggest purse. They have a balance of Rs 42.70 crore and is likely to set the auction stage on fire. Punjab will once again have to begin from scratch after a change in leadership and support staffs. But with Anil Kumble at the helm of things, the fans can expect some good results.

  • The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have always messed up in the auctions which have hurt them badly during the tournament. But this year with Mike Hesson at the helm of things, Bangalore will look to solve the puzzle in the IPL 2020 auctions with almost Rs 28 crore in hand.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders surprised one and all ahead of the auctions leaving swashbuckling Australian batsman Chris Lynn. They will have to go big in the auctions and have Rs 35.65 crore to work things out.

  • Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings have mostly retained their core group which have their formula of success in the cash-rich league. The team from the south have Rs 14.60 crore in their purse to fill in the gaps during the IPL 2020 auctions.

  • Delhi Capitals rang a few changes ahead of the last season and tasted some success as they progressed to the top four after almost seven years. The side coached by Ricky Ponting will look for some utility players during the auctions with a purse of Rs 27.85 crore as they continue to hunt for their first coveted trophy.

  • Defending champions Mumbai Indians have more or less managed to retain their same team from the last season. As a result, they will go in the IPL 2020 auctions with the smallest purse of Rs 13.05 crore.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad have been one of the most consistent sides in the IPL. They like to stay away from all the media attention and focus on their job. The franchise will enter the mega auctions with a purse balance of Rs 17 crore.

  • Rajasthan Royals will have a lot of catch-ups to do after a star-studded team failed to deliver the goods in the last season. With a purse balance of Rs 28.90 crore, they will have to go all guns blazings to secure some exciting talents who can produce results for them.

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Slots left to fill for all the franchises ahead of IPL 2020 auctions

Chennai Super Kings – 5  (3 Indian, 2 overseas)

Rajasthan Royals – 11 (7 Indian, 4 overseas)

Kings XI Punjab – 9 (5 Indian, 4 overseas)

Kolkata Knight Riders – 11 (7 Indian, 4 overseas)

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 12 (6 Indian, 6 overseas)

Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7 (5 Indian, 2 overseas)

Delhi Capitals – 11 (6 Indian, 5 overseas)

Mumbai Indians – 7 (5 Indian, 2 overseas)