The IPL franchisees are on the prowl again.
With buyers being allowed to spend up to US $13.59 million, expect a few big buys though recession might temper the eagerness to unloosen the purse strings to a degree.
Among the highlights, Friday could possibly see Andrew Flintoff or Kevin Pietersen being crowned the world`s costliest cricketer. The pre-auction buzz indicates that Chennai Super Kings, who have three slots to fill, are ready to spend the entire $ 2 million that they can to grab the services of Flintoff.
Among other teams, Vijay Mallya`s Bangalore Royal Challengers can spend $ 1.945 million to fill two slots, while the Deccan Chargers, who failed to find a buyer recently, can spend up to $ 1.9 million and fill two slots again.
Champs Rajasthan Royals can shell out up to $ 1.875 million dollars and fill two slots, the Mumbai Indians $ 1.76 million and fill three slots, the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab $ 1.45 million dollars and fill two slots, and finally, the Kolkata Knight Riders can spend up to $ 1.21 million dollars to fill one slot.
We present the pick of players set to go under the hammer and their base prices (the price at which the bids will begin).
Image: IPLÃÂs new jodi No 1 ÃÂ Shilpa Shetty and boyfriend Raj Kundra, who recently picked up a 12 per cent stake in champions Rajasthan Royals will be among those hoping to pick up players at the auction.