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IPL 2020 player auction to be held in December – reports

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The player auction for the 2020 edition of the IPL is set to be held on December 19 this year, with the venue shifted from Bangalore to Kolkata.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, each franchise will be allowed an additional INR 3 crore [£344,970] in their auction purse, which will be added to the balance in their kitties after the last auction. The original amount allotted for the 2020 auction was INR 85 crore [£9,775,171].

Taking that into account, Delhi Capitals have the biggest purse for the upcoming auction, at INR 8.2 crore [£942,872], while Royal Challengers Bangalore have the smallest at INR 1.8 crore [£206,972].

Sam Curran was the most expensive player in the last IPL auction

Sam Curran, who picked up a hat-trick in the IPL this year, was the biggest overseas buy in the previous auction

The purses of the rest of the teams are: Rajasthan Royals – INR 7.15 crore [£822,139], Kolkata Knight Riders – INR 6.05 crore [£695,656], Sunrisers Hyderabad – INR 5.3 crore [£609,418], Kings XI Punjab – INR 3.7 crore [£425,442], Chennai Super Kings – INR 3.2 crore [£367,950], Mumbai Indians – INR 3.05 crore [£350,703].

The upcoming IPL auction will be a short, one-day affair, with the auctions for the 2021 season involving a complete overhaul of teams. For the 2019 season, a total of 346 players went under the hammer, with teams spending a combined INR 106.80 crore [£12,282,215]. Kings XI Punjab spent the most at INR 32.50 crore [£3,715,490 approx], with Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran being their most expensive overseas buy at £800,000.

The trading window for this year will be closed on November 14. So far, there have been two transfers for the next season – Mayank Markande shifted from Mumbai Indians to Delhi Capitals, with Sherfane Rutherford going the other way.

There have been a number of coaching and support staff changes too, with certain franchises going for a complete overhaul. Royal Challengers Bangalore have overhauled their set-up, and will now be led by the South African Gary Kirsten, while Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have found new head coaches in Trevor Bayliss and Brendon McCullum respectively.

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