Bangalore: One hundred and forty four players from 11 countries will go under the hammer on Saturday in the 2012 IPL auction in Bangalore, but the vast majority of them are likely to go home empty handed. While the franchises having been allowed to spend an additional $2 million, and had their squad sizes increased from 30 to 33, no more than 30 players are likely to be bought, and that number could be closer to 20, franchise officials said. Having had a season to evaluate their teams and pinpoint their weaknesses, this auction is about shopping smart, not shopping in bulk.
"Teams will be looking to fill in the gaps that they have identified," a franchise official told ESPNcricinfo.
One player that won't lack for suitors though, is India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja. His ability as an allrounder, coupled with his excellent fielding, makes him the most attractive player in the auction. Bought for US$950,000 by Kochi Tuskers Kerala last year, Jadeja is expected to go for over a $1 million and could potentially end up in a tie-breaker situation, with two or more franchises bidding the maximum of $2 million for his services.