Will the IPL Auction 2018 be an Open Auction?
IPL 2018 auction news will be updated here. The big question on every fan’s lips is how will the VIVO IPL player auction be a full-fledged mega auction as it was announced or will teams be allowed to retain some of their players from the 2017 season.
According to reports, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta has said she has been informed by the BCCI that the next year’s auction will be an open auction in that all the players from all teams will be asked to go back to the player pool but whether that will actually happen remains to be seen.
Speaking to a newspaper, Zinta said: “It was meant to be an open auction without retention. We have been told about it. I will welcome it if BCCI decides to go for an open auction.”
She did say, however, that it didn’t mean she was unhappy with her squad: “It doesn’t mean that I am not happy with my team. I think, we have a great team. The teams which are doing well are the ones where the young Indian players are performing.”
Unfortunately for Zinta and some of those who believe this could be the way to go, the IPL Governing Council might look to allow some of the players to be retained by their respective teams. For instance, there have been two mega-auctions before this and both times, teams were allowed to retain four and five players respectively.
In one of the most recent IPL news updates, Shukla mentioned there could still be a possibility of retention policy before the 2018 mega auction.
Also take the case of teams like the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, teams that have built their brands around players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir respectively. Will it be fair for them to be asked to rebuild their sides from scratch as opposed to the Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab, both of whom have really been underwhelming at doing the same.
Also where does that leave the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, two teams who return back to the fold once the 10th season of the IPL is finished. Will they be allowed to pick a few players of their own?
All in all, it sounds like it will be an interesting auction to watch out in 2018 but more information on the IPL Auction 2018 date and format will be awaited as we get closer to the tournament. IPL Auction 2018 players list will also be updated below.
IPL Auction Results 2017
|Teams||List of players sold at IPL Auction last year|
|Mumbai||Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Gowtham K, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunarathne, K Khejroliya, Karn Sharma|
|Bangalore||Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake|
|Kolkata||Trend Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh|
|Punjab||Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh|
|Hyderabad||Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj|
|Delhi||Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankeet Bawne, Aditya Tare, M Ashwin, Navseep Saini, Shashank Singh|
|Pune||Ben Stokes, Jaidev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Daniel Christian, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson, Ankush Bains|
|Gujarat||Nathu Singh, Basil Thampy, TS Baroka, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelley Shaurya, Shubam Agarwal, Pratham Singh, Aksh Deep Nath, Ishan Kishan|
You can find all the latest IPL Squads for the 2017 edition here.