IPL 2016 Auction: Yuvraj Singh, KP in highest base price list
The most expensive buy in the previous IPL auction, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, along with 11 others, have quoted the highest base price for this year's auction to be held on February 6 in Bangalore
The auction is likely to be a busy affair considering not just the two new franchises - Rising Pune Super Giants (RPSG) and the yet to be named Rajkot team - but also established teams like Delhi Daredevils are expected to bid fiercely at the single-day auction.
Last month, Daredevils released the maximum players - 13 - from last year's squad which included marquee names Yuvraj Singh and Sri Lanka captain and allrounder Angelo Mathews. Last year, Yuvraj was the most expensive buy for the second consecutive auction after the Daredevils raised the bid price to INR 16 crore ($2.3 million). Daredevils also paid INR 7.5 crore ($1.1 million) for Mathews. However, both players failed to create the desired impact and the franchise consequently decided to release them to bolster their purse going into this year's auction.
A total of 61 players were released by the six franchises when the first trading window closed on December 31. Among them was the second most expensive player of last year's auction, Karthik, who was secured by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 10.5 crore ($1.5 million).
Apart from Yuvraj, England swashbuckler Kevin Pietersen and in-form Australian all-rounder Mitchell marsh are among the 12 players who have listed the highest base price in a list of 714. The final pool of players from these 714 would be selected today. Others in the Rs 2 crore bracket are Shane Watson, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson and 40-year-old Australian all-rounder Mike Hussey.
Which player do you think will be the most expensive buy at this IPL season?