We are less than three weeks away from the Indian Premier League Auction for the 2019 season. It is scheduled to take place on December 18 in Jaipur. This IPL season is going to be an exciting experience as a lot of surprises are in store. 

The problem with most internationally successful players in the IPL is they are sometimes unable to convert their expertise into a successful run in the IPL. Things might change with a change in venue as the IPL might be shifted outside of India. But the franchises have already released, retained and transferred players ahead of the IPL auction.

Some very popular overseas players have been released by their franchises. And there is a high probability that few of them might not find a buyer in the auction for next year’s tournament. This leaves us in the curiosity about the fate of some big overseas names who might go unsold in the IPL auction 2019.


Let us have a look at those possible players:

Alex Hales

He is one those internationally prominent players who have had a forgettable run in the IPL. Alex Hales is highly acclaimed for his batting expertise in the limited overs for England. But he has been to convert that into a successful run in the IPL. Also, he has a weakness against spin and to be successful in India it’s an absolute necessity to be able to play spin well. Hence, he was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad this year. It’s unlikely that with his form in India he will be sold in the IPL auction.

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Playing for SRH, England’s Alex Hales. @Cricbuzz

The list of released players by Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan


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Mitchell Starc

The very popular Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was released by the Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the IPL auction for the 2019 season. A text message from the franchise implying that they’re dumping was shocking for him as well as the public. An injury ensured that Starc would miss out playing in the 2018 IPL edition. Consequently, he was released by KKR this year. He is likely to go unsold in the IPL auction for next year. 

Mitchell Starc
Photo Credits: BCCI

Previously, he had participated in the Indian Premier League in just two seasons (2014 and 2015). That means he does not have a prior record to rely on. Also with his injury woes continuing and the Australian Cricket board prioritizing the World Cup over IPL. With all of these points taken under consideration, it’s likely that no franchises would bid for him. 

The list of released players by Kolkata Knight Riders: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Vinay Kumar


Also Read: Find out who your team Retained: RCB, SRH, RR, MI


Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was bought by the Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.2 crore. Three-time champions the Mumbai Indians bought Rahman as they adjudged him to the club with Bumrah as destructive death bowling pair. As injury prone as he has been throughout his career, his run in the tournament has to stop midway. Furthermore, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has denied him a No Objection Certificate to play in foreign T20 leagues for the next two years. 

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Mustafizur Rahman had played a major role in SRH’s triumph in the IPL. @ESPN

List of all released players by the Mumbai Indians: Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Akila Dananjaya, JP Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Singh, Mohsin Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba


Also Read: Find out who your team retained: CSK, DD, KKR, KXIP



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