In the IPL Mega Auction 2022, the 2 new franchises, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, have finalized their lot of players picked from the auction pool. The new franchises were given a deadline of 20th Jan ’22 to confirm their drafted players’ list. The main auction is scheduled for the 12th & 13th of February in Bengaluru. The last piece of information on the final auction list were the 3 players drafted in by the above new franchises. To have equal opportunity in building a strong core team, the 2 new franchises were given an option to draft in a maximum of 3 players from the auction pool, finalized after the 8 existing IPL franchises have confirmed their retention list in Dec ’21. The list can include a maximum of 2 Indian players and 1 overseas player.

The IPL Mega Auction 2022

Lucknow franchise, owned by the RPSG Group, announced the franchise name as Lucknow Super Giants after an online campaign initiated by owner Sanjeev Goenka. The RPSG group earlier owned the Rising Pune Super Giants team that competed in 2 seasons back in 2016 & 17.

Coming to the list of players. Lucknow has drafted former Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul for 17 crores INR, making him joint highest with Virat Kohli for the highest IPL bid amount. He would be also leading the Lucknow Super Giants in their inaugural IPL season. Along with him, Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been signed for an amount of 9.2 crores along with the upcoming leg-spin sensation from India and a guy who played under Rahul’s leadership at the Punjab Kings. Ravi Bishnoi, under the uncapped player category. The deductibles for retaining 2 capped players is 14 crores and 10 crores, and that for any uncapped player is 4 crores. This means the LSG would lose 31 crores (17 for Rahul, 10 for Stoinis, and 4 for Ravi Bishnoi) from their Salary purse with 59 crores available at the auction.

Coming to Ahmedabad, owned by CVC Capital, have drafted 3 Capped players. The hard-hitting Hardik Pandya for 15 Crores, Rashid Khan for 15 Crores, and Shubman Gill for 8 Crores. The former Mumbai Indians player, Hardik Pandya, also announced the team captain for the Ahmedabad franchise. The franchise is yet to announce the team’s name and is working towards finalizing its brand identity in the near future and making its presence felt across various Social media platforms. The deductibles for retaining 3 capped players are 15 crores, 11 crores, and 7 crores. This means the CVC-backed franchise would lose 38 crores (15 each for Hardik and Rashid; 8 for Gill) from their Salary purse with 52 crores available at the auction.

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Now, we have seen the player list of all 10 teams going to participate in season 15 of the IPL. A total of 1214 players have registered for the IPL mega auction, and the list was shared with all the 10 franchises on the 21st of Jan ’22. Also, the players have indicated their base prices as well. This list of 1214 players would be further fine-tuned and the final list would be prepared by the IPL governing council just before the 2-day mega auction. Below is the summary list of amounts spent and available for the 10 franchises. List arranged in the descending order of available amounts in the auction.

Further on season 15 of the IPL, VIVO has pulled out from the title sponsorship of the IPL with a year to go, citing the brand is getting negative marketing amid the feelings for Chinese-based products in the Indian market. TATA would be the title sponsor for the current season of the IPL before bids would be invited for the title sponsorship in 2023.

Coming to the venue, Mumbai has been proposed as the single city to host the whole season owing to the Covid-19 restrictions and the number of stadiums available in the Mumbai-Pune corridor making for easier logistics for all the 10 teams. UAE and South Africa have been kept as backup options if the tournament needs to be played outside of India. The season is tentatively scheduled to start the tournament is on March 27th.

By MVK Chaitanya

A passionate sports lover with a keen sense on expressing the excitement of sport through words and numbers. Cricket, F1, Motorsports - 2 wheel & 4 wheel, Tennis - my favorite sports of interest, and on which my articles are written about covering the technical and sporting aspects around each of them.