IPL 2023 will have its mini-auction on 23 Dec 2023. But before that, all the Franchises had to retain the players and estimate their purse value. Many key players were kept, released, or traded. Let us know about it in detail.

Generally, we try to look for upcoming positive events to forget sad pasts. Exactly, the same thing we are going to do by focusing on IPL 2023 and forgetting T20 World Cup 2022. So without any further ado, we will jump right into judging each and every franchise.

Key Players Released Before IPL 2023 Mini Auction

Every IPL season brings excitement and thrill. Another thing that does the same is the IPL auction. To keep more budget and buy some class new players, the team releases some of their old players. By doing that, they increase their buying value. 

In the process of releasing players, many times franchises release an important player. Well, they can even buy them back at a cheaper price in the auction. But most of the time they go to another franchise. 

And when the player plays from another franchise, they play really well against their ex-franchise. At least, in the 2022 IPL, we saw that happening. So, now let us look at some big names that are going in this mini-auction:

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson

Kane was captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad and now has to go in the auction. To be honest, he was not in great form recently. But without a doubt, he is a great leader of any side. 

He can become a captain or either go unsold. That is how T20 cricket works. You can see legend players getting unsold or getting criticized for strike rate. Well the skill set of T20 is different, but adaptation is important, or you will be thrown away.

Jason Holder

One of the finest all-rounders in world cricket right now is Jason Holder. It is actually a surprise that he was not retained. However, he can really break the wallets of teams. 

Some big teams like CSK or Mumbai Indians may look to target him. As CSK is looking for a good captain, and Mumbai Indians are looking for Pollard’s replacement.

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank had an off-season last year. We can say Mayank was the weak link in the top order. However, during the last phase of IPL 2022, Bairstow was opening for Punjab Kings. So this season, Shikhar and Bristow will open for them.

Teams that need a stable opener and a captain may target Mayank Agarwal. As he is an Indian player, he won’t go unsold. 

Alex Hales

No need to explain how dangerous he is in the power play. Like he can make an entire nation cry with his knock. So many teams may look to get him on the side. Who won’t want an explosive T20 batsman in the top 3?

Three Trades So Far In IPL 2023 Auction

Loki Ferguson has been traded to Kolkata Knight Riders. And I think that is a great trade for KKR. They really needed a gun bowler along with Umesh Yadav.

Shardul Thakur is yet another trade that KKR made. And even that is a great transfer. Lord Shardul Thakur and Inspector Iyer are in a team.

The third trade was between RCB and Mumbai Indians. Jason Behrendorff is the player who was sent from RCB to MI. And whenever RCB releases any player, he performs exceptionally well. And when MI buys a player, they don’t even give him a chance to play. So it is an interesting trade.


When will be IPL 2023 Auction?

IPL 2023 Auction will be on 23rd December 2022, in Kochi.

Will IPL 2023 Auction be a mega auction?

No, IPL 2023 Auction is a mini auction

Who are the players traded for IPL 2023?

Jason Behrendorff, Shardul Thakur, and Loki Ferguson will undergo trading ahead of the auction.

Final Words

That was all the IPL 2023 drama before the auctions. We will create a special blog for all the teams. Also, before the auction, there will be a blog on big players and the game plan of teams. So do keep checking the website, and we will bring cricket blogs with little fun.