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2015 IPL auction on February 16, Bangalore to host the event

The player auction for eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held on February 16 in Bangalore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Friday (January 30). There is no clarity on the total number of players for the auction as the deadline for the franchises to prune their original lists was set to February 4. Total 123 players – 79 Indians and 44 foreign – were retained by the franchises while five Indians were traded by some teams during the trading window which is closed on December 15. “The 2015 IPL Player Auction will mark the beginning of the countdown to the IPL 8, which is one of the most popular sporting events on the planet,” said Ranjib Biswal, IPL chairman. “The Auction will be promising one as previous editions. The Franchises have been working on their reworked plans and new strategies. They will have the opportunity to bid for some of the big names in the cricket.” Star player Yuvraj Singh who was released but Royal challengers bangalore, is likely to attract Franchises. Dinesh Karthik, Hashim Amla and Kevin Pietersen are among the players to have the highest base price of Rs 2 crore, while Indian player Irfan Pathan, Australia’s Michael Hussey, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews and West Indies Marlon Samuels have set a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. 3 crores will be added to the franchises purse than last edition plus remaining amout after player fees will be allotted to franchises. A total of 724 players will go under the hammer.

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