1,166 players register for 2024 IPL mini-auction, Mitchell Starc returns after an 8-year gap
Over 212 capped players have registered, while 45 players come from Associate Nations.
The Indian Premier League Trophy (Image via ESPN)
Players from all around the world have registered for the upcoming 2024 IPL auction, with the final count being 1,166 players. The registered players have been shared with the IPL franchises and they will now shortlist the players they want, which will then be put under the hammer on 19th December.
Out of the 1,166 players, 830 were Indian players. 212 players have played once in an international level, while 45 players have come from Associate Nations like Ireland and Scotland. Out of the 830 Indians, only 18 players are capped, like Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Mavi and Shardul Thakur.
International stars like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Rachin Ravindra, Josh Hazlewood and Harry Brook will go under the hammer. The BCCI informed IPL franchises if there was any player they wanted who failed to register, they will be added to the player register as long as they are interested.
The IPL teams will now decide which players to shortlist, which will then be included in the auction. Out of 1,166 players, only 77 can be bought, with only 30 players being overseas.
Arun Dhumal believes IPL Media Rights can be valued at $50 billion
Recently, the IPL Media Rights were sold for ₹48,390 crores, which translates to $5.8 Billion. This deal will last till 2027, with Star Media and Viacom18 broadcasting the IPL in India alone. BCCI Treasurer and IPL Chairman, Arun Dhumal, believes this value could increase in the future.
Taking in the recent steps of cricket’s growth, Dhumal thinks the IPL Media Rights could rival those of the National Football League (NFL). He took in the growth of the previous 15 years and believes by 2043, the media rights could be sold for $50 billion.
If I have to see how it has gone over the last 15 years and if I have to go by estimates going forward, we are expecting media rights to go somewhere close to USD 50 billion by around 2043. Going forward, we need to keep innovating, keep doing better in terms of fan engagement, and keep making it better in terms of the quality of games. Now that cricket is becoming part of the Olympics and with the Women's Premier League taking it to a different level for women's cricket, I see a lot of hope and light at the end of the tunnel.Arun Dhumal in the RCB’s Innovation Lab’s Leaders Meet
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