Mumbai: The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council is all set to meet here on January 5 to discuss the details of the player auctions to be held on January 8-9 in Bangalore.
“The IPL Governing Council is to meet on January 5 evening at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra Kurla Complex. They are expected to discuss the player auctions,” a Cricket Board source said here on Monday.
With the deadline for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to give full disclosure to the Bombay High Court about its ownership pattern and payment of guarantee money fixed by the court to the BCCI ending on Monday, the Governing Council is expected to take stock of this situation too.
The opening match of IPL 2011 will take place on April 8 in Chennai.
As many as 350 top cricketers from India and abroad would go under the auctioneer’s hammer in Bangalore with the IPL franchises bidding for their services in the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.
Barring a dozen players, including Indian superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, who have been retained by five franchises in advance of the auction as per the IPL player regulations, most of the world’s top players would be up for grabs.
The list of players has 11 out of 12 century makers in the previous three IPL seasons, including the Twenty20 league’s fastest century hitter Yusuf Pathan and 2010 ICC ODI Player of the Year, AB de Villers (South Africa).
Former India skippers Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, too, would be available for pickings by the various franchises.
Other established IPL performers available at the auction include current Indian team members Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, as well as 2009 IPL’s most successful bowler (38 wickets) RP Singh.
“The DLF IPL auction is indeed a very exciting prospect. I am confident that IPL fans throughout India and across the world will be paying very close attention to which of the world’s best cricketers will be wearing their teams colours for the next IPL season,” said IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin about the auction.
“Of the initial 421 cricketers who had expressed interest to participate in the auction, a short list of 350 cricketers has been produced by the various IPL franchises,” BCCI secretary Srinivasan had said in a media statement.
The participation of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab franchises in the auction is subject to court orders, according to Srinivasan.