Updated December 18th, 2023 at 23:00 IST

'The purse needs to be one-third': Anil Kumble recommends a new change ahead of IPL 2024 auction

Ahead of the mega Indian Premier League auction, former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has recommended a change in the IPL auction rules.

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Anil Kumble has picked up a total of 619 wickets in his whole Test career which is the third most by any bowler. | Image:AP

The IPL 2024 auction is just one sleep away. A huge crop of 333 players will go under the hammer as teams are gearing up for one last dance in the auction room on Tuesday. The mega event will be held in Dubai and the auction is expected to start from 1 PM IST.

3 things you need to know

  • IPL auction is set to take place on Tuesday
  • The event will be staged in Dubai
  • A total of 333 players enlisted their names for the auction

IPL auction set to take place on Tuesday

Gujarat Titans will enter the auction with the highest purse and they will try to fill the void vacated by the departure of their IPL-winning captain Hardik Pandya who joined Mumbai Indians recently. A bidding war is about to intensify as several talented players will see themselves get picked up for a fat paycheque.

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Teams will find it a bit challenging to navigate through the auction with ease and it remains to be seen who manages to get the job done with minimum fuss. Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble however might have a solution as he has recommended having a one third of the auction purse for the overseas players as he feels it will help the franchises simplify their task.

Anil Kumble recommends a new change in auction rules

In an interaction with JioCinema he said, "No, I don’t think the Rs 20-crore mark will be breached. This is where I feel in a squad of 25 players, where you have eight overseas players, the purse also needs to be one-third for the overseas players. I think that’s something that should happen eventually. Otherwise, you will see a lot of disparity at the auction. I know the overseas fans won’t be happy with what I am saying, but I think it’s important that you look at that to be a benchmark.


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“You have a separate overseas purse, otherwise, you will see this disparity of 50%, 60% of the squad where you have options for only four players. With eight Indian players now part of the playing XI, that will help them, especially in these smaller auctions. There will be the challenge of bridging this gap and you will invariably go to the overseas players.”


Published December 18th, 2023 at 22:59 IST