Sony Six, the sports and entertainment channel from Multi Screen Media, has announced that it will broadcast the Pepsi IPL 2015 Player Auction live from Bengaluru on February 16, ahead of the eighth season of the league.
The bidding process will serve as a prelude to one of the most anticipated sporting extravaganza, the Pepsi IPL 2015. The player auction will be broadcast on both Sony Six SD and HD, 9.30 AM onwards.
Ahead of the auction, a total of 122 cricketers including 78 Indians and 44 overseas players have been retained by the franchises for the 2015 season, while six Indian cricketers have been traded during the window for player trade this year.
The players who will be auctioned include Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Hashim Amla, Mahela Jayawardene, Eoin Morgan, Kumar Sangakkara, Murali Vijay, Darren Sammy, Angelo Mathews, Aaron Finch and Alex Hales.
The auction will be conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England who has been conducting player auctions since the inaugural season in 2008. Sameer Kochhar and cricket expert Aakash Chopra will be seen sharing their insights on player and team strategies.
This year, the franchises have a salary purse of Rs 63 crore each, for the eighth season - a five per cent increase over last season.