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IPL 2018 Auction – A chaos for the ongoing BBL

Australian T20 league is entering last week this weekend.

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming. (Photo by Scott Barbour – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

The mega auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are set to take place on January 27 and 28 on Bengaluru. The franchises are scratching their heads over the players which they would ideally want to pick during the event. Also, there is an option for them to use Right to Match (RTM) card for the player whom they didn’t retain. However, the auctions in the upcoming weekend have created an unwanted chaos in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia where the knock out matches will start soon.

The likes of Stephen Fleming, Brad Hodge and Daniel Vettori will fly to India as they are the coaches of the teams. While Fleming has been appointed the coach of the returning Chennai Super Kings, the other former Kiwi cricketer is at the helm for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Hodge, who is the skipper of Melbourne Renegades, is the coach of Kings XI Punjab. All these players will actively participate in the auctions and rebuild their respective sides over the weekend.

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Hodge was anyway going to miss the last two games for Renegades in BBL as he is suffering from appendicitis. But his team, after a crucial win over Thunder on Wednesday, have almost qualified for the knockouts and would need his experience. Brisbane Heat will also be without their coach Vettori for their must-win encounter against Renegades on Saturday when the IPL auctions will get underway in Bengaluru.

David Hussey to take over for Stars

David Hussey, the batting coach of Melbourne Stars, will take over the reins of the team in the absence of the head coach Fleming. He claimed though that the team will miss their main man in the last game of what has been a tough season for them. “It does make an impact. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult. To have your main man disappear in the last game of the year is quite hard and harsh. It’s one of those unfortunate circumstances that happens and we’re just going to make the best of a bad situation,” he was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

Meanwhile, the commentator of Network Ten, Ricky Ponting, will also take off from his duties and attend the auctions as he has been appointed the head coach of Delhi Daredevils.

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