IPL 2022: Are you ready for the mega auction

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Are you ready for the two-day mega IPL auction? Ten franchises will auction for some of the best talents in global cricket. The final day of registration was January 20. The day we have all been talking about is almost here.

As many as 1,214 players have signed up for the mega auction – 896 are from India, and the rest are from different parts of the world. BCCI also confirmed the inclusion of two new teams. It will be a compelling auction with 270 capped, 903 uncapped and 41 associate participants.

No one wants to miss out on the various franchises bidding on the players who have signed up.

IPL 2022 Auction

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The IPL auction is an annual event administered by the BCCI. Auctioning of cricket players to different IPL franchises occurs in this event. A devoted auctioneer runs the proceedings of the function. This is a two-day event with 10 teams to be built through bidding for listed players. The auction should end with a full squad of players for each IPL franchise.

The 10 teams are expected to have at least 25 contestants when the auction is done. The new IPL teams picked their retained players from the registered cricketers before the main event. Fans cannot wait to see which player will have the highest bidding amount and whether the franchises will meet the base amounts. For instance, it has been reported that India’s all-rounder Shahrukh Khan has listed his base price as Rs 20 lakh. He is an emerging player, and fans see the base amount fitting. They expect him to receive even higher bidding than what he has listed.

Auction Date

The auction will be held in February 2022. It has been planned to take place on February 12 and 13. However, the BCCI feels that there may be a need to extend this year’s auction date by 7-10 days. This has not yet been finalised. Nonetheless, the IPL franchises will get a chance to bid on their desired cricket player. If you are also interested in participating in a similar cause, you can bet on your favourite team on an IPL bookie in India.

Retention Rules

  • Each IPL team is allowed to have up to four cricketers retained.
  • The four players should consist of three Indians and no more than two foreigners. So, each section can either pick three Indian players plus one foreign player. They can also make it even by selecting two Indian and two foreign players.
  • The maximum number of uncapped players a team can pick is two.
  • The new units can choose three (two Indian plus one foreign) players from those registered for the auction. These participants will be selected before the auction date.
  • Only one uncapped player for each new IPL team.
  • There will be no RTM (Right To Match) cards in this year’s auction.

Salary Cap for Retained Players

The table below shows the amount to be deducted if a team retains a certain number of players.

Number of retained players:Amount to cut:
FourRs 42 crore
ThreeRs 33 crore
TwoRs 24 crore
One playerRs 14 crore
Uncapped playersRs 4 crore each

Registered Players

Among the 1,214 registered players are 49 well-known cricket players; 17 are from India, while 32 are overseas players. These players include R Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, etc.

Also, the new IPL teams, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, have named their draft picks from players registered for the auction. Ahmedabad picked Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill, while Lucknow chose KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi.

The 10 teams already know the number of players and the names and base price of each player involved in the auction. We have players with a base price of Rs 2 crore and down to Rs 1 crore. The table below lists players and the base price bracket they fall into.

Base price:Players:
Rs 2 croreIndian players are:

R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreya Iyar and more.

Overseas players include:

Mujeeb Zadran, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa and more.


Rs 1.5 croreNicholas Pooran, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Washington Sundar, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder.
Rs 1 croreSherfane Rutherford, Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Mohammad Nabi, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Dan Lawrence, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Ollie Pope, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Roston Chase.

Overseas registered players are from 18 different countries including Afghanistan with 20 players, South Africa with 48 players, One Scotland player and 14 US players.

Unregistered Players

Some players are not registered for several reasons, including injuries, being banned by the BCCI and unavailability. Some of the well-known cricketers that are not registered for unspecified reasons are:

  • Chris Gayle, opening batter for the West Indies.
  • Mitchell Starc, Australian pacer.
  • Ben Stokes, all-rounder for England.
  • Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes are also not available.


The Indian Premier League auction by the BCCI is an event not only enjoyed by the participating cricketers but also by cricket fans. No one wants to miss out on their favourite player’s bidding amount. Also, this year it will even be bigger as everyone will be waiting to see what the two new teams will look like. Other than that, the multi-day event this year may face even more changes with the possibility of the BCCI considering extending the number of days it will be held. We hope that whether changes are made or not, the event is a success and cricket fans are given a chance to watch and enjoy it in full.

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