The Ipl 2017 Auction will start on 20 February 2017 in Bangalore. The proceedings will start at 9 in the morning, and there are 351 players on the platter for prospective buyers and a maximum 76 players are allowed to be purchased.

Live telecast and streaming details

Date: 20 February.

Time: 9:00 am IST.

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru.

Live telecast: Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

live streaming: SonyLiv, Sony's online streaming service that can also be accessed through smartphones through the iOS and Android app.

Uncapped Indians will be eagerly sought

Franchises will try to pick the best from the 76 uncapped Indian players who will go under the hammer for the tenth edition of the cricket carnival. It is going to be the last auction in a ten-year cycle.

Next year all the players will go once again to the auction pool. Franchises are allowed to keep a maximum of 27 players, but most franchisees prefer 22 to 24 players.

Franchisees will be evaluating the uncapped players with a base price ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 2 crores.

Players who have done well in the just-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be keenly sought by the team managements.

Aberration Galore

However, there are many aberrations like Test specialist Ishant Sharma who does not have a very good record in the smallest format of cricket and his base price of Rs 2 Crores seems too farfetched.

Irfan Pathan has a much better record in IPL and his base price of Rs 50 lakh seems a bit low.

Another example of low base price is Varun Aron at Rs 30 lakh base price. Greenhorns like Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh and teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw can draw real bids.

Both have a base price of Rs 10 lakh. A fresh crop of speedsters like Basil Thampi of Kerala, T Natarajan of Tamil Nadu and Kulwant Khejroliya of Delhi can also attract good bids. All are in the lowest base price of Rs 10 lakh.

English Players could be missing IPL 2017

English players have a very tight schedule and will not be available post-April 30, so it is unlikely that franchises will bet their money of the English players. Ben Stokes, limited-over skipper Eoin Morgan, and hard-hitting opener Jason Roy are in the fray with Stokes and Morgan commanding a base price of Rs 2 crores and Roy Rs 1 crore.

The auction pool this year has five Afghan players and Mohammed Shahzad commands a base price of Rs 50 lakh while Mohammed Nabi commands Rs 30 Lakhs. If picked, it will be a big boost for the friendly neighbor of India. Prolific West Indies opener Evin Lewis and SA fast bowler Rabada could be hot picks