- Asmita Saxena
IPL 2023: On Friday in Kochi, there will be an auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The one-day mini-auction will lay the groundwork for all 10 teams to assemble their final rosters prior to the flagship league’s 16th season the following year.
On December 23, Kochi will host the IPL 2023 auction, including 407 players vying for a total of 87 seats among 10 franchises. Hugh Edmeades will be doing so. In 2018, he succeeded Richard Madley as the IPL auction host, a position he has held ever since.
While there are a maximum of 87 seats available for the teams, the 30 slots available for the top foreign T20 stars will be a major draw.
The mini-auction roster includes a number of veteran performers, both Indian and international. The oldest players participating in the IPL 2023 mini-auction are listed below.
This year, Sikandar Raza has been the driving force behind Zimbabwe’s excellent performances in a variety of genres. The 36-year-old shot to fame in August 2022 when he became the first male batsman to score three consecutive hundreds in an entire calendar month during ODI run chases against Bangladesh and India.
When Zimbabwe initially made it to the Super 12s in the T20 World Cup in October, Sikandar Raza shone as well. With 219 runs in eight innings, Raza finished the competition as the sixth-highest run-scorer. At the mini-auction, where he has positioned himself with a base price of INR 50 lakh, Raza will be attempting to become the fourth Zimbabwean to appear in the IPL.
Shakib Al Hasan, a seasoned player from Bangladesh, will be vying for a spot in the IPL lineup after being excluded from the 2022 campaign. From 2011 until 2017, the excellent all-arounder played with the Kolkata Knight Riders, where he was a part of two championship teams in 2012 and 2014. Before joining KKR again in 2021, the 36-year-old played for Sunrisers Hyderabad for two seasons.
Shakib is one of 10 foreign all-rounders who have scored at least 500 runs (793) and 50 wickets (63), respectively, in the IPL. With over 13,000 runs and more than 600 wickets to his credit, Shakib is one of the most productive all-rounders in international cricket and has remained a staple for Bangladesh in all formats. At a starting price of INR 1.5 crore, Shakib is listed as the first all-rounder in the mini-auction.
Rilee Rossouw unexpectedly made a spectacular comeback to the T20I setup in mid-2022 after a six-year absence from the South African national team. Rossouw established a reputation as one of the greatest top-order hitters in T20 franchises worldwide during his time away from the Proteas.
Rossouw represented RCB in five IPL games throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Rilee Rossouw of South Africa celebrates after hitting a century against Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup cricket match.
The 36-year-old stunned South Africa upon his return with his first T20I century against India and followed it up with another century in his subsequent T20 World Cup innings against Bangladesh. At the IPL 2023 auction, Rossouw, who has amassed over 6800 runs in his T20 career with a strike rate above 143, is asking for an opening price of INR 2 crore.
David Wiese began his career with South Africa, and in IPL 2015, he signed his first deal with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wiese had two seasons in which he amassed 127 runs and 16 wickets from 15 IPL matches before fading away for nearly five years. Wiese then made a comeback as the captain of Namibia’s push for back-to-back T20 World Cup appearances in 2021 and 2022.
The 37-year-old has established himself as Namibia’s top all-rounder because to his impactful middle-order runs and effective bowling with a variety of variations. Wiese will want to rejoin the IPL while in top form and anticipate an initial offer of INR 1 crore.
Amit Mishra, a former leg-spinner for India, is the oldest player up for bid in the IPL 2023 mini-auction. With 173 wickets, the 40-year-old is tied for the most productive IPL spinner. The three franchises Mishra has been a part of since 2008—the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Daredevils/Capitals—have all benefited greatly from his contributions.
Prior to the IPL 2022 mega-auction, the Delhi Capitals released Amit Mishra earlier this year. After a break of more than a year, he made a comeback to competitive cricket for Haryana in the just-finished Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. In eight games, the veteran picked up 10 wickets. Mishra, who holds the distinction of winning three IPL hat-tricks, has set a base price for the auction of INR 50 lakh.
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