The IPL 2024 auction is almost here, and it’s set to take place in Dubai on Tuesday. There are a total of 333 cricketers in the auction, with 214 being Indian players and 119 coming from overseas, including 2 from associate nations. Among them, 116 are capped players, 215 are uncapped, and 2 are from associate nations. There are 77 available slots, and up to 30 are reserved for overseas players. The highest reserve price is INR 2 crore, with 23 players opting for this bracket. Additionally, 13 players have a base price of INR 1.5 crore.

The spotlight is on who will be the most expensive player in the IPL 2024 auction. Notable Australian players like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Travis Head are expected to draw significant interest. Tom Moody, the former SunRisers coach, predicts that Mitchell Starc will surpass the current auction record held by Sam Curran at Rs 18.50 crore.

Moody also shares his insights, stating that Steve Smith may not be picked this year, and Shahrukh Khan, a Tamil Nadu cricketer and former Australian player, could join the Chennai Super Kings. Moody anticipates that Shahrukh Khan’s price won’t differ much from his release price by Punjab Kings, which was around Rs 9 crore.

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Looking at the team finances, Gujarat Titans, the 2023 runner-up, entered the auction with the largest purse of Rs 38.15 crore. In contrast, Sunrisers Hyderabad, finishing last in 2023, has Rs 34 crore remaining. Other team budgets include Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 32.7 crore), Chennai Super Kings (Rs 31.4 crore), Punjab Kings (Rs 29.1 crore), Delhi Capitals (Rs 28.95 crore), Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 23.25 crore), Mumbai Indians (Rs 17.75 crore), Rajasthan Royals (Rs 14.5 crore), and Lucknow Super Giants (Rs 13.15 crore). The upcoming World Cup is expected to have a significant impact on player valuations, promising substantial paydays for those selected.