The 2023 mini-auction is set to take place on 23 December 2022 in Kochi. In the updated list, a total of 405 cricketers would go under the hammer as compared to the previous 991.
Australians being retained include Tim David by Mumbai Indians, David Warner by Delhi Capitals, Marcus Stoinis by Lucknow Super Giants, and Matthew Wade for Gujarat Titans. The likes of Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch will not feature in this year’s edition. Jason Behrendorff has been traded to Mumbai Indians from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Sean Abbott, Nathan Coulter Nile, and Daniel Sams have been released by their franchises.
A total of 21 Australians registered their name in the IPL auction. Cameron Green, Travis Head, and Chris Lynn have been set a base price of Rs 2 Crore. Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, and Adam Zampa are being given set a base price of Rs 1.5 Crore.
Moises Henriques and Andrew Tye have set a base price of Rs 1 Crore. Daniel Sams and Joshua Phillipe set a base price of Rs 75 Lakhs.
The likes of Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, and Australia’s Cameron Green have been clubbed under a base price of Rs 2 Crore while Mayank Agarwal, Heinrich Klassen, Mayank Agarwal, and others are being set a base price of Rs 1 Crore.
Here we look at the 5 Australians who can go unsold in the 2023 mini-IPL auction
- Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson is a decent pace bowler from Australia. He was bought by Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs 14 Crore in IPL 2021 auction.
He featured in 3 matches only during the 2021 edition and grabbed only 3 wickets at an economy rate of 10.63 runs per over. His performance could not match the price.
Jhye Richardson did not take part in the mega auction during the 2022 IPL edition. His base price for IPL 2023 auction has been set at Rs 1.5 Crore. With the conditions likely to favour the batters, Richardson could have buyers for this year’s IPL.
- Nathan Coulter Nile
The right-arm pace bowler from Australia, Nathan Coulter Nile has played for Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders. He was bought by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for Rs 2 Crore.
He did not get many chances featuring in only 1 match and grabbing 1 wicket. His performance in IPL has been decent enough with 48 wickets from 39 matches (38 innings) at an economy of 7.70 runs per over.
Due to injuries and fitness issues, Nathan Coulter Nile has not featured in IPL matches recently. The pace bowler from Australia has been set a base price of Rs 1.5 Crore, he could not be bought by franchises.
- Moises Henriques
The captain of Sydney Sixers side in BBL, Moises Henriques has featured for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought by the Punjab Kings franchise for Rs 4.20 Crore.
He played just 5 matches during the 2021 edition and took 4 wickets at an economy of 4.50 runs per over. While batting, he scored 31 runs in 5 matches.
Henriques was unsold during the 2022 IPL auction. He has been set for a base price of Rs 1 Crore during the auction. With the age and fitness issues, the franchises would be thinking of not buying him.
- Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith is another promising fast bowler for Australia. He played for the Punjab Kings franchise in 2021 for Rs 8 Crore. He featured in 5 matches and picked up only 4 wickets going at an economy rate of 9.94 runs per over.
He featured for Mumbai Indians in last year’s edition for Rs 1 Crore. His bowling was not great enough as he grabbed 8 wickets from 8 matches going at an economy rate of 8.43 runs per over.
Meredith struggled with his line and length in Indian conditions. He has set a base price of Rs 1.5 Crore. He has been released by the Mumbai Indians franchise before the auction. The pace bowler could see him sit on the sideline as franchises would ponder buying him with his bowling.
- Chris Lynn
The explosive right-handed batter, Chris Lynn has played for Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He was bought by the Mumbai Indians franchise for Rs 2 Crore. During the IPL 2021, he played only 1 match and scored 49 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He went unsold in the 2022 IPL auction. Lynn has been a success for Kolkata Knight Riders along with Gambhir. The explosive opener has experience playing in various leagues and has created an impact.
Lynn has set a base price of Rs 2 Crore for this year’s mini-auction. He could be again not picked due to injuries and some other issues.