The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 2020 season was filled with plenty of surprises as several top players failed to attract a bid from the eight franchises.
With the teams constrained by the quota of players and lack of immense financial capacity, some deserving cricketers will not feature in next year’s IPL.
The biggest snub was perhaps New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last IPL season. Bangladeshi yorker-specialist Mustafizur Rahman also missed out on getting a bid and will not play in the IPL, having been an integral member of Sunrisers in the past.
Hard-hitting New Zealand duo Colin de Grandhomme and Colin Munro went unsold as well, despite being known for their supremacy in the shorter formats.
Carlos Brathwaite, hero of West Indies’ World T20-winning campaign in 2016, also could not find a buyer in the IPL auction.
Alzarri Joseph made history in IPL 2019 by registering the best bowling figures in the tournament’s history but he could not attract a bid in the auction.