IPL Mini-Auction: 5 Players who may not get any franchises

Indian Premier League

December 23 is going to be a hot and happening time for cricket fans as on that day the IPL mini-auctions will be underway.

All 10 franchises will gather to decide their final players for the 2023 season and form a strong and cohesive unit for the new season.

While there are many youngsters who will be picked up quickly, there are some players who will not be able to find any franchise this year.

Players who can receive huge bids in their favor are Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Cameron Green, and Sam Curran.

The reason some players will not get any franchise is because of their poor track record when it comes to T20Is.

Let’s now take a look at which of the 5 players will not have the chance to make it to any of the 10 franchises.

5 Players who might go unsold in the IPL mini-auction

D’Arcy Short

Short has registered himself for the mini-auction this year. He was a part of the Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 season of the IPL.

His base price in the upcoming auction is INR 75 lakhs. But, in the 2018 season, Short amassed only 115 runs and managed to pick only a single wicket.

On the other hand, in international cricket as well, Short has delivered underwhelming performances for Australia.

Between 2018 to 2020, Short made only 642 runs from 23 T20Is with an average of 30.57 which is why he has not been able to become a regular member of the Australian side.

With competition from Sikandar Raza and Shakib Al Hasan in the auction, Short will not be given much preference by the franchises.

Craig Overton

The English all-rounder has also signed himself up for the mini-auction this year. His base price is INR 2 crores.

Talking about his international career, then he has played only Tests and ODIs for England because of which he has gained some experience in the game.

However, Overton has yet to make his T20I debut for England. So, because of a hefty price and the fact that he has not played T20 cricket at the international level may dent his chances.

Overton has however played some games in the Vitality Blast T20, but it is not enough for him to be picked up by any franchise in the IPL.

The franchises will like to spend their money on experienced all-rounders such as Moises Henriques and Jason Holder.

Shai Hope

Hope will look to make his debut in the cash-rich league this year. However, his batting displays have been rather sub-par in international cricket for West Indies.

Hope has played only 19 T20I games so far in his career in which he has only 304 runs and a very low average of 17.88.

In the Caribbean Premier League this year, Hope played for Guyana Amazon Warriors where he played some decent knocks with his bat. But, these innings are not credible enough to make him an attractive buy for the franchises.

Some other wicketkeepers who can give him stern competition are Nicholas Pooran, Heinrich Klaasen, Litton Das, and Kusal Mendis.

Tom Latham

Playing for New Zealand for the past ten years, Latham has been providing invaluable services in international cricket for his side.

However, he has not gotten a single chance to play in the IPL so far. In 2018, Latham did take part in the mega auction but went unnoticed by all the franchises.

Four years later, he has once again registered himself for the mini-auction and hopes that one of the franchises will show an interest in him.

Latham has some reliable figures in international cricket but they are all in ODI cricket. However, his figures in T20Is do not make him an ideal choice for the format.

He will face some stiff competition from other players like Heinrich Klaasen, Phil Salt, and Nicholas Pooran who are better options for the franchises.

Angelo Matthews

Matthews has been a part of the IPL from 2009 to 2017. During this period, he has played for three franchises such as Delhi Capitals, Pune Warriors India, and Kolkata Knight Riders.

However, Matthews has remained out of the format for the past several years. His last T20I game for Sri Lanka was back on March 7th, 2021.

But, this time Matthews has registered himself for the mini-auction in the hopes of getting a franchise.

He also plays in the Lanka Premier League, but it is not going to be enough to earn him a place in any of the 10 franchises.

Jimmy Neesham and Jason Holder will also give Matthews very tough competition during the auction.

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