New Delhi: The IPL's Big Bazaar is back and the teams are ready to go shopping! 144 cricketers from 11 countries will go under the hammer in Bangalore today. And this time it is more about shopping smart than shopping in bulk.
Although the franchises have been allowed to spend an additional $2 million, and have 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.
Unlike the last year, nine teams are taking part in the auction as Kochi team's contract was terminated later in 2011 due to breach of terms of agreement. That's why this IPL auction has become all the more important. More than half of Kochi players - VVS Laxman, Mahela Jayawardene, Ravindra Jadeja, Muttiah Muralitharan and Brendon McCullum - have been included in the auction, in which Jadeja is expected to be the biggest draw. (Read: Why is there another IPL auction?)