Talks about the upcoming eleventh season of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 has already begun across the world, as the popular T20 league is all set to get underway this April.
While the action for the tournament is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru next week, fans and cricket pundits have started opining on the exciting IPL auction 2018, as the IPL Governing Council released the list of players who are going under the hammer.
The total number of 16 players has been slotted in marquee category which is further divided into two lists for the auction, as well as, the players are expected to bag the biggest bids according to their international experience, but Deep Das Gupta –Cricket analyst and commentator has not same views.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, the cricket pundit said, “Bunching up uncapped players will have an effect on the marquee players. If you look at the marquee players, all of them are great players. But most of them are there because of what they’ve achieved in international cricket and in the past. This is going to be interesting. Is that value to the franchises?”
Dasgupta went to further added that quite a few marquee players might go unsold in the first round of the auction, as the franchisees would definitely like to create a squad with good domestic players.
He signed off by saying, “I see a quite few of marquee players going unsold at least in the first round of the auction. Yes, few of them will be called back and brought back. But I also see the franchises doing a lot of homework and saving some money for the players to come later on. As I mentioned they not just have to pick up the marquee players but also create a squad with good domestic players.”