English cricketer Sam Curran has turn out to be the most costly public sale purchase within the historical past of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – after being offered to the Punjab Kings for 18.5 crore rupees ($2.22 million).
Friday’s public sale, which happened within the Indian metropolis of Kochi, noticed a number of information damaged – with English and Australian cricketers being the primary beneficiaries.
Six franchises made a bid for the 24-year-old Curran earlier than the Punjab Kings’ record-breaking charge.
Responding to the information, Curran tweeted: “Back to where it all started! Looking forward to it.”
He beforehand performed for the Punjab Kings within the 2017 IPL season beneath the group’s former title, Kings XI Punjab.
Different huge public sale buys included Australian cricketer Cameron Inexperienced, who joined the Mumbai Indians franchise for 17.5 crore (roughly $2.1 million) and England males’s Check captain Ben Stokes, who was purchased by the Chennai Tremendous Kings franchise for 16.25 crore (roughly $1.95 million).
Launched in 2007, the IPL is among the world’s most respected sports activities properties – attracting the very best cricketers on big-money contracts.
The event runs for a bit over two months a yr however its worth to media corporations has soared as the worldwide viewers has exploded.
On cost-per-match phrases, it overtook the English Premier League and ranks behind solely the Nationwide Soccer League in america.
It offered its media rights from this yr via 2027 for $6.2 billion – cut up between tv rights (bought by Disney-owned Star India) and streaming rights (bought by Viacom18, a three way partnership between Paramount and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries).
The 2023 season will start on March 20 and run via Might.