IPL 2020 auction to be held as schedule amidst Kolkata political unrest

The forthcoming player’s draft of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held according to previously fixed schedule in Kolkata on December 19 despite political chaos in the city.


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In recent days, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has evoked wide spread protests across the nation with the West Bengal facing violence in the aftermath of the Act which was cleared by the Union Cabinet on 4 December.

A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told Press Trust of India (PTI) that the auction is on’ on December 19 at 2:30 PM.

“As of Monday evening, IPL auctions are on. Franchises will start arriving by tomorrow evening and Wednesday morning,” he said.

As many as 332 players will be auctioned for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from the initially registered 997 cricketers.

The highest bid for the auction is Rs 2 crore. The highest categorized cricketers are Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Dale Steyn and Angelo Mathews.

Indian batsman Robin Uthappa, who was earlier released by former champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)  is the only Indian player in the IPL 2020 auction list with a base price of INR 1.5 crore.

While other Indian cricketers like Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan and Jaydev Unadkat set mentioned their base price at Rs 1 crore.

Only 73 slots are there to be filled in the auction by eight franchises of which only 29 can be foreign buys.

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