December 19, 2023

IPL Auction 2023 as it happened: Starc, Cummins earn record-breaking deals

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Wrapping up

The “mini” auction goes on but we’ll leave our blog there for now. Several Australians are still a chance of being picked up by IPL teams, although franchises appear increasingly unwilling to splash the cash after the big names went earlier in the night. We’ll update with the full list of Australian contract earners on Wednesday morning.

It’s been an incredible day for Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who both broke records with their multi-million-dollar deals, while Travis Head also joined the millionaires club with his contract.

Thanks for being with us, and stay tuned for Tom Decent’s full breakdown on the numbers behind Starc’s contract first thing Wednesday morning.

yesterday 11.10pm

Squads filling up

India’s Sameer Rizvi goes to the Chennai Super Kings for $1.5 million and the Rajasthan Royals get Shubham Dubey for $982,000 as a lot of IPL hopefuls go unsold. No sign of any Australians yet since the resumption.

A recap on the Australians sold in the auction so far:

Travis Head – $1.22m to Sunrisers HyderabadSteve Smith – unsoldPat Cummins – $3.67m to Sunrisers HyderabadJosh Inglis – unsoldJosh Hazlewood – unsoldMitchell Starc – $4.43m to Kolkata Knight Riders

yesterday 10.40pm

Auction resumes after a long break

And we’re back (the Strikers beat the Thunder with two balls remaining, if you’re wondering) and it’s time to begin bidding on players who haven’t represented their country.

There are a few Australians in this group – including Jake Fraser-McGurk, who bashed an incredible 29-ball hundred for South Australia a couple of months ago – but the bulk of this bidding will be on Indian players to fill the bulk of the remaining places in each franchise’s squad.

yesterday 10.12pm

Meanwhile in the BBL…

While we wait for the IPL auction to resume, here’s a bit of Matt Short going large for the Adelaide Strikers against the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League back home. The Strikers are now 1-166 in the 17th over, chasing the Thunder’s 7-200.

yesterday 9.50pm

Starc earns biggest deal in IPL history

Here’s a very quick recap of how the bidding for Mitchell Starc went down.

We’re in the middle of another long break before the auction resumes. We’re heading towards the uncapped players, so it’s unlikely we’ll see Starc’s record beaten tonight.

yesterday 9.42pm

No love for spinners

After all that spending on the pacemen the money appears to have dried up for the spinners. Waqar Salamkheil, Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Ish Sodhi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman all go unsold.

We’re having another break now.

yesterday 9.17pm

Mitchell Starc breaks IPL record with $4.43m deal

Pat Cummins’ record-breaking IPL contract didn’t last long, with Mitchell Starc toppling it to the tune of a whopping $4.43 million.

He joins the Kolkata Knight Riders as the most expensive IPL player ever. It’s an incredible return after spending eight years away from the IPL to focus on representing his country.

Then, after a lengthy bidding war, Starc’s Australian teammate Josh Hazlewood comes and goes with no bids to his name. It looks brutal but Hazlewood is expecting his first child in May so may be unavailable for the business end of the tournament.

Howzat for a contract: Mitchell Starc.Credit: Getty

yesterday 9.04pm

Starc on his way to a big deal

The bids are coming in thick and fast for Mitchell Starc. The Aussie paceman is on his way to a big pay day, with the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians trading bids.

And now the Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans are getting involved. Great team names in this competition. We’re up past $2 million…

Cashing in: Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.Credit: AP

yesterday 9.00pm

Bidding wars for pacemen

Some lengthy bidding wars now getting underway for the fast bowlers. Express West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph has picked up a $2 million contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Indian veteran Umesh Yadav has gone for $1.04m to the Gujarat Titans.

The sight of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting talking tactics with his one-time arch rival Sourav Ganguly, in their roles as Delhi Capitals coach and director of cricket, is still a strange one.

Next up: Mitchell Starc. Can his price tag rival that of Cummins?

yesterday 8.44pm

Australian keeper snubbed

No luck for Australian World Cup wicketkeeper Josh Inglis who goes unsold as the auction resumes. England wicketkeeper Phil Salt also goes unsold while Indian gloveman KS Bharat and South Africa’s Tristan Stubbs each go for “just” $89,000.

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