5 players who will be absent from IPL 2020 auction: Several tried and tested players will be missing from the upcoming auction.
A list of 332 players who will be up for grabs in the auction of the next season of the Indian Premier League had been made public by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) a few days ago.
The 332 players comprise of 186 Indian (13 capped and 173 uncapped) players, 143 overseas players and three players from associate numbers (25 capped players and 121 uncapped players).
Announcing the shortlisted players being the last step before the auction, all the franchises will now be creating their final lists with respect to players they would be eyeing during the auction in Kolkata on December 19.
It is worth mentioning that these 332 players have been shortlisted from a larger pool of 900+ players. The process has seen some tried and tested names in the T20 format missing on the final list.
5 players who will be absent from IPL 2020 auction
England batsman Dawid Malan has been in top form at the highest level of late. In the recently concluded tour of New Zealand, Malan was the highest run-scorer after scoring 208 runs at an average of 69.33 and a strike rate of 163.77 including one century and half-century each.
In nine T20Is overall, the southpaw has amassed 458 runs at an average of 58.25 and a strike rate of 156.31 including once century and five half-centuries. Currently the No. 3 ranked batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I rankings for batsmen, the 32-year old batsmen should have allured interest from at least one franchise.
Having scored 490 runs at an average of 40.83 and a strike rate of 147.59 including one century and two half-centuries in 14 matches in the England T20 Cup, Malan has recently done well in domestic leagues as well.
In the 12 matches that England spinner Matt Parkinson played for Lancashire in England’s T20 Cup this year, he dismissed 21 batsmen at an average of 14.61, an economy rate of 7.48 and a strike rate of 11.7 and finished as the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
— Dawid Malan (@dmalan29) November 8, 2019
It was on the back of these numbers that the 23-year old player was included in the national squad for the tour of New Zealand. Having picked five wickets in two matches at a strike rate of 7.2, Parkinson put on display his wicket-taking skills.
With not many international batsmen playing against Parkinson, he could have been the “surprise factor” in IPL 2020.
Much like Malan, England batsman James Vince has also done reasonably well for both England and his domestic teams in T20 leagues. Currently playing for Paarl Rocks in the Mzansi Super League, Vince has scored 226 runs at an average of 37.66 and a strike rate of 141.25 including a half-century.
In the England T20 Cup earlier this year, the 28-year old right-hand batsman had scored 407 runs at an average of 40.70 and a strike rate of 132.14 including four half-centuries. Capable of batting in both the top and middle-order, Vince could have been a flexible option for IPL franchises this year.
West Indies opening batsman Johnson Charles is another of those names who haven’t been included in the shortlisted 332 players.
Representing Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League this year, Charles was the third-highest run-scorer on the back of scoring 415 runs in 13 matches at an average of 31.92 and a strike rate of 122.41 including three half-centuries.
Another experienced campaigner in this format, Charles has it in him to dominate proceedings in T20 leagues.
Veteran England batsman Luke Wright was also among the runs in their domestic T20 league this year. In 14 matches for Sussex, the 34-year old batsman had scored 388 runs at an average of 35.27 and a strike rate of 125.97 including two half-centuries.
Having played for Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League, franchises could have banked on Wright’s 314-match experience in the T20 format.