With the BCCI deciding to put 651 uncapped players in the IPL auction pool for the first time, the T20 tournament's riches are all set to reach even Indian cricketers who haven’t played for the national teams.
New Delhi: Some of India's up and coming talents, including Unmukt Chand and Rishi Dhawan, are expected to feature in the IPL auction for the first time as they feature in the 651-strong list of uncapped players to be put under the hammer on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore.
The franchises have received the list of the uncapped players and they have time time till February 3 to send the names they are interested in to the IPL authorities, who will then make a final shortlist for the players' auction.
Unmukt Chand in Delhi Daredevils colours. File Pic
Manish Pandey, Rajat Bhatia, Iqbal Abdullah and T Suman are some of the other names that feature in the long list, which was drawn up after receiving nominations from all state associations in India and eight other countries.
The list has been divided into two groups: the first one comprises 127 players who have already played in the IPL, while the second features potential first-timers.
The base prices of these uncapped players have been fixed between of Rs 10 and Rs 30 lakhs.
Pandey, the IPL's first Indian centurion, and Dhawan -- this season's leading wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy -- have listed their base prices at Rs 20 lakhs.
The likes of India's Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Chand, Suman, Bhatia and Abdulla are in the top uncapped bracket at Rs 30 lakhs. A further 50 names are likely to be added to this long list.
With the IPL restricting the squad strength to 27 this year, including a cap of nine overseas players, the franchises have been forced to lay more emphasis on domestic Indian players.
This is the first time that the uncapped players are featuring in the auction and their absence thus far has been a controversial topic, with many franchises having complained of horse trading by their richer rivals with alleged under-the-table deals.
In 2011, Pandey along with Ambati Rayudu and Suman were the most sought after Indian uncapped players. After some uncertainty over where they would go, Pandey eventually played for Pune Warriors while Rayudu and Suman were bought by Mumbai Indians.
The IPL defended the non-inclusion of uncapped players in the auction then, saying there were already rules in place with players getting a fixed fee of Rs 1 to 3 million and the contracts being governed by the BCCI.
12 players have been added to the list of capped players, which now stands at 244.
Those added are Varun Aaron, Hemang Badani, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Aavishkar Salvi, VRV Singh (all from India), Chris Lynn (Australia), Simon Jones (England), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Roelof van de Merwe, David Wiese (all from South Africa) and Andre Russell (West Indies).