IPL Gets New Auctioneer While Cut-off Dates Of Overseas Players Announced

Ever since the Indian Premier League has started, the franchises and all the cricketing fans have known Richard Madley. He is the renowned auctioneer who hosts the bidding war every time during the IPL auction.

Over all these years he has been doing the job fabulously. Moreover he has developed a great camaraderie with all the franchise owners.

Madley was at the helm in the previous mega-auction which held in the previous 2018 season. However this year the IPL Governing Council has decided to change the auctioneer.

According to the official website of IPL, this year the auction will be conducted by Hugh Edmeades. He is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer, who has 30 years of experience in this field.

A total of 1003 players have registered for the auction. However as the total slots available is 70, that number would drastically go down. The franchises will submit the shortlisted names they would prefer to go under the hammer by 5 PM of 10 December.

They are a total of 800 uncapped players, which includes 746 Indian players. There are overall 232 overseas players interested in the auction. It will be interesting to see if Richard Madley returns in the next year or not.

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Ultimatum for overseas players announced

The 2019 World Cup will definitely affect the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). Cricket’s mega event will begin from May 30 while IPL’s duration is from March 23 till mid-May.

As a result many of the overseas players will have to leave the tournament and return to their country midway. Meanwhile all the cricket boards have finalized the cut-off dates for their players and has sent it to the franchises.

Apart from New Zealand and the Windies, all the other teams have restricted the availability of their players. The Aussies will spend the least time as they will play a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, whose dates are not yet finalized.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have called their players who are in the World Cup squad by April 25. The rest of the players will remain until May 19.

The South Africans will report back by May 10 while the Sri Lankans will return home by May 6. The players from Bangladesh will be available until April 15 while players of Ireland will remain until April 30.

Here is the detailed list of the cut-off dates: