‘Free agent’ KP changes the dynamics of IPL-7 auction

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When 514 players go under the hammer at the IPL 6 auction on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru, the teams will battle for the best with top picks up for sale.

Although a number of prized players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn have been retained by their respective teams, there are many others, especially the likes of freshly axed English star Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh, who will be among the sort after players.
In the scroll of players to be auctioned which was released by the IPL governing council on Thursday, 219 capped players have been listed including 169 Indian and 50 overseas players.
This apart, in a new feature of the uncapped section, as many as 292 players will go under the hammer. The number of Indians is 255 while 37 are overseas IPL aspirants. Also featuring in the list are three players from ICC associate nations, namely Niall and Kevin O’Brien from Ireland and Ryan Ten Doeschate from The Netherlands.
The minimum base price for the uncapped players is set at `10 lakh and goes up to `30 lakh.
A good show in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season has ensured the maximum base price for uncapped players like Kedar Jadhav, Harshal Patel and Eklavya Dwivedi.
Delhi Daredevils, who haven’t retained any players fro 2013, will go into the auction with the largest purse, which amounts to `60 crore.
Kings XI Punjab, who retained just two players — David Miller and Manan Vohra — follow with `43.5 crore to spend.

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