IPL 2020: 5 Players who went unsold last year and might find no bidders again in the auction

IPL 2020: 5 Players who went unsold last year and might find no bidders again in the auction

As many as 332 cricketers will go under the hammer in the mega auction on December 19 in Kolkata.

Alex Hales of SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad Alex Hales. (Photo by IANS)

No matter how many T20 leagues keep coming in every other nation each year, Indian Premier League still remains most-watched cricket league in the world. The upcoming edition is going to be one heck of a blast with each team aiming to battle it out among each other to get hold of the coveted trophy.

As many as 332 cricketers will go under the hammer in the mega auction on December 19 in Kolkata. Earlier, 971 players (713 Indian and 258 overseas players) had registered for the auctions. Aiming to occupy the available 73 spots were 215 capped internationals, 754 uncapped and two players from Associate Nations.

The previous IPL auction was full of surprises. There were notable stars who went unsold in the auction and not even one franchise showed interest in them. However, it remains to be seen whether such players can get a second chance to prove themselves.

Here we put together a list of five prominent cricketers who might go unsold at the auctions this year:

Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

It was really sad to see such a class player like Hashim Amla going unsold in the IPL auction. Amla was drafted in by the Kings XI Punjab in 2016 as a replacement for injured Shaun Marsh. Amla proved to be a real case for himself as a viable opening batsman.

The dashing played has scored 577 runs in 16 matches, which included 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries at an average of 44.38. South African legend was truly remarkable for Kings XI Punjab at top of the order but he remained unsold at the IPL 2018 and 2019 auction.

Despite being statistically very good in numbers in limited-overs cricket, none of the IPL franchises drafted him. The elegant batsman announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect this year.