The upcoming 4th edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is set to introduce its inaugural player auction, where the five franchises will engage in competitive bidding to form their squads.
Scheduled to commence on July 31, the forthcoming season of the LPL will witness a total of 360 players being put up for auction. Among them, 140 overseas players have been shortlisted, including former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina.
In addition to Raina, renowned players such as Chris Lynn, Paul Stirling, Tamim Iqbal, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Imran Tahir, Sikandar Raza, and others will also be available for bidding. Notably, prominent Sri Lankan international players like Dushmantha Chameera, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, and several others will be up for grabs as well. For the full list of players, visit the following link.
When will be Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 Auction?
The Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 Auction will take place on the 14th of June. There hasn’t been a confirm time for the Auction as of writing this, however it is expected that the Auction will begin at 2:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
How to watch Lanka Premier League (LPL) Auction 2023 Live Streaming in India?
For Indian fans eager to follow the auction process, live streaming will be available. Sri Lanka Cricket’s YouTube Channel will provide live coverage of the auction in India, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Furthermore, Facebook users can also stream the auction live through Sri Lanka Cricket’s official Facebook page.
Lanka Premier League Auction Rules
The players participating in the Lanka Premier League 2023 auction have been categorized into two groups: capped and uncapped players.
The capped players have been assigned a base price that varies from $10,000 to $50,000, with increments of $10,000 for each bid placed.
On the other hand, the uncapped players have been further divided into three subcategories based on their experience and playing history. Players with 50 or more first-class matches are eligible to register themselves with a base price of $20,000.
Those with a minimum of 25 first-class matches or 18 T20 League franchise matches at any level can register themselves with a base price of $10,000. Players who do not meet these criteria can register themselves with a base price of $5,000.
Meanwhile, each team can have a total of 20 to 24 players in the squad including 6 foreign players.
LPL 2023 Auction Process Explained
In the auction process, the first 70 players will undergo a detailed auction, where each player will be individually presented for bidding. Following this initial phase, the auction will transition into an accelerated format.
In the accelerated auction, each franchise will have the opportunity to nominate a group of 15 to 20 players from the remaining pool. These selected players will then be available for bidding. This format allows for a more streamlined process, as multiple players can be auctioned off consecutively, reducing the time required for individual bidding.
By adopting this accelerated auction format, the Lanka Premier League aims to facilitate a more efficient and dynamic auction experience for the franchises and ensure a smooth progression of player selection.
List of Retained or pre-selected players by teams in Lanka Premier League
Colombo Strikers: Babar Azam, Matheesha Pathirana, Naseem Shah, Chamika Karunaratne
Dambulla Aura: Matthew Wade, Kusal Mendis, Lungi Ngidi, Avishka Fernando
Jaffna Kings: Maheesh Theekshana, David Miller, Thisara Perera, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Galle Gladiators: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shakib Al Hasan
Kandy Falcons: Wandindu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fakhar Zaman