Its that time of the year again, the IPL auction on 3rd February is the first indication that the new season is close. This is normally the time where I start to get a little excited about the upcoming competition, this year however is different. I will be seeing what happens at the auction but I do not believe that it will be an affair as big as the other auctions.
As always there are lots and lots of young Australian and South African players up for auction. In contrast there are only two England players up for the list Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior. Looking at the players who are up for auction I do not see any player getting close to the fee paid out for Jadeja to CSK last season. The highest base priced players are Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting both players who have something to prove in the shortest format of the game. Clarke having retired from international T20’s a few years back.
Johan Botha with all that IPL and T20 experience will attract many teams, he also brings a bit of leadership to a team. It seems that the majority of these players will be used to fill up squads but as we have seen in the past, a player who shows quality can be given a chance. Teams such as Delhi are packed with foreign stars so they will most likely be looking towards the Indian players such as RP Singh, Manpreet Gony or Abishek Nayar.
All in all it will be interesting to see who goes where, only then we will be able to know what teams to watch out for. As for me I will stick to supporting Delhi Daredevils as they have a team containing Kevin Pietersen, Sehwag, Jayawardene, Warner, Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan, Mourne Morkel and Yadav.