One of the highly anticipated sporting events in the world, the Indian Premier League will have its next edition in March 2023. The franchise and fans alike are eagerly waiting for the IPL auction 2023. The previous edition concluded magnificently as the new teams in IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans, under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, defeated Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad to lift the maiden IPL title.
While we are getting into the details of the IPL 2023 auction date, it is important to talk about the humongous media rights deal IPL received. The media rights deal for the 2023-2027 seasons has put IPL in a limelight. With this, BCCI is set to get staggering Rs 48,390.50 Crores, which mainly includes 23,575 Crores TV rights deal with Disney Star and 20,500 Crores digital rights deal with Viacom 18. With a new broadcaster this time around, the excitement about the IPL 2023 auction date is like never before.
And now, the preparations have already started to turn the next edition into another spectacular event. Franchises have started preparing the list of players to be released or traded in the IPL auction 2023. They also eying new players to bring in to fill the loopholes in the team in IPL 2023 auction.
In the subsequent sections, we will talk about the IPL 2023 auction date, the trading window for IPL 2023 auction, and other important details about the upcoming auction.
IPL 2023 Auction Date
This year we already saw mega auctions before the start of IPL 2022 due to the two new teams, and hence the IPL auction 2023 would be a mini-event. The IPL 2023 auction dates are not officially published yet, but it’s expected to take place either in December this year, or early next year. Also, before the mini-auction, probably around November or December, we will see a trading event where the players can move to a new franchise. Keep following this space for more news on IPL 2023 auction date.
Let’s take a brief look at the 10 participant teams for IPL 2023.
Gujrat Titans (GT - The defending champions)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Mumbai Indians (MI)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Delhi Capitals (DC)
Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Faf du Plessis
Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
It will be a very important round of auctions for all the franchises, more so for teams that ended in the bottom half of the points table like MI, CSK, SRH, KKR, and PBKS to fix their shortcomings. The auction as well as the trade window is just what they are eagerly waiting for in order to release poor performers and trade-in or purchase promising players in the available budget. As the wait for the IPL 2023 auction date continues, let's take a brief look at the IPL trading window.
IPL 2023 trading window
A trade window will be opened by the BCCI towards the end of the year before franchises clash in the auction. The trading window allows the franchises to trade players amongst themselves.
Players like Ravindra Jadeja (CSK), Tymal Mills (MI), Adam Milne (CSK), Manish Pandey (LSG), Vijay Shankar (GT), and Shahrukh Khan (PBKS) are most likely ones to be traded by their franchises in the upcoming trading window.
Player Retention in IPL 2023 Auction
The beauty of IPL lies in how franchises fight to rope in promising batters, bowlers, or all-rounders, while at the same time how they back their key performers and loyal players to retain them in the team. For some franchises, in fact, players have become synonyms for the team name, like CSK is identified by the celebrated captain cool MS Dhoni. So is true for RCB and Virat Kohli, Mumbai Indians, and Rohit Sharma.
Let’s see a list of players likely to be retained by all the IPL teams.
1. Gujrat Titans
GT will obviously continue with Hardik Pandya as their skipper after their maiden title win. Along with him, GT may retain their key players like Rashid Khan, David Miller, Shubhman Gill, and Mohammed Shami.
2. Mumbai Indians
Retaining the captain Rohit Sharma is the default choice for MI. Additionally, MI would retain its star players Jaspreet Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, and Daniel Sams. It would be interesting to see if they just let go of the Kieron Pollard or play the Right to Match card for him. MI would try to rope in Ravindra Jadeja to fill in the spot of a spinner-allrounder.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad
One of the most respectable players Kane Williamson to continue as the skipper of SRH. Other players to be retained by SRH are Rahul Tripathi, Umran Malik, and Abhishek Sharma. They are looking for a good finisher, and hence they will also try to rope in Ravindra Jadeja if possible.
4. Chennai Super Kings
Apart from the obvious retention of MS Dhoni, CSK will keep Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, and Deepak Chahar. Ravindra Jadeja is one big name that’s coming out as someone whom CSK might release or trade after his dismal performance as the captain during IPL 2022.
5. Kolkata Knight riders
KKR would continue with Shreyas Iyer as their skipper. Additionally, they will have Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy retained. Aaron Finch, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, and Harshit Rana may not be retained.
6. Delhi Capitals
DC will continue with their skipper Rishabh Pant. Among other players to be retained are Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, David Warner, and Shradul Thakur. They might let go of Mandeep Singh, Tim Seifert, and Lungi Ngidi.
7. Royal challengers Bangalore
We cannot imagine RCB without Virat Kohli, can we? Apart from Kohli and the skipper Faf du Plessis, RCB will retain Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, and Wanindu Hasaranga.
8. Punjab Kings
PBKS Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, and Kagiso Rabada. PBKS are Looking for an experienced spinner and a finisher. Ravindra Jadeja fits this requirement, so they might go for him if released or traded by CSK.
9. Rajasthan Royals
RR is to continue availing services from skipper Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Prasidh Krishna.
10. Lucknow Super Giants
The Super Giants are going to retain the skipper KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, Quinton de Kock, Jason Holder, and Krunal Pandya.
Right to match card
In the 2018 IPL mega auction, BCCI introduced the Right to Match card intended to add more excitement and fun. It allows a franchise to retain a player by matching the highest bid placed for him during the auction. In the previous IPL auction 2022 earlier this year, the RTM feature was skipped as there were two new teams introduced for IPL 2022.
The feature benefits the player as well as the franchise if they think the player is worthy enough and should not be leaving the team. It’s an enormously valuable card if used well.
While IPL is full of fun and excitement for the viewers, a lot happens behind the scene. The franchises have to take the right decisions during auctions – be it purchasing valuable players or releasing the underperformers or over-expensive ones. Sometimes, they cannot help but bid heavily if a player is in demand. It’s a double-sided sword, but if played well it can lead to glory.