ISPL is committed to bridging the gap between street cricket and stadium glory, aiming to bring the raw energy and talent of street cricket onto the grand stage. The selection process involves handpicking players from each state across India, ensuring representation from every corner of the nation and thereby enhancing the value for stakeholders involved.

Bidding Wars and Big Bucks: Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) Auction showcases Tennis Ball Cricket’s Finest in High-Stakes Showdown

25 February, 2024

Abhishek Kumar Dalhor becomes most expensive buy at inaugural ISPL auction; sold to Amitabh Bachchan-owned ‘Majhi Mumbai’ for INR 27 lakh

Sharik Yasir, the youngest player in the auction at just 14 years old, was bought for INR 3.2 lakh by ‘Bangalore Strikers’ owned by Hrithik Roshan.

A total of INR 4.91 Cr was spent by all the six franchises with ‘Chennai Singams’ team ending up spending the most with INR 96.4 Lakhs.

In a whirlwind of glitz, glamour, and strategic maneuvers, the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) held its inaugural player auction at the Jio Convention Centre on Sunday, February 25th, 2024. This pioneering tennis ball T10 cricket tournament, set to captivate audiences, witnessed a thrilling spectacle as 96 players were carefully selected from a pool of 350 hopefuls.

The inaugural edition of ISPL is scheduled to kick off from March 6th to 15th, 2024 at the Dadoji Kondadev Stadium in Thane, promising a spectacle that will captivate fans across the country. The tickets will be available on Book My Show beginning February 29th, 2024.

The auction day was marked by high stakes and intense bidding wars, as franchises vied for top talent to bolster their rosters. Abhishek Kumar Dalhor, the dynamic all-rounder from East Zone, stole the spotlight by commanding a staggering price tag of INR 27 lakh, soaring far beyond his base price of INR 3 lakh. The Amitabh Bachchan-owned ‘Majhi Mumbai’ secured his services, signalling a formidable start to their campaign.

Not to be outdone, ‘Bangalore Strikers’, owned by Hrithik Roshan, made significant acquisitions, including the seasoned all-rounder Saroj Paramanik for INR 19 lakh and the promising wicketkeeper-batter Sharik Yasir, all of 14 years old, the youngest player in the auction pool, for INR 3.2 lakh. Meanwhile, ‘Chennai Singams’, under the ownership of Surya, strengthened their line-up with the addition of left-handed batter Sumeet Dhekale, the 37-year-old, for INR 19 lakh and other notable talents.

Emerging stars also had their moment to shine, with franchises demonstrating a forward-looking approach by investing in youth talent. Uzair Shaikh, a standout in the U19 category, fetched a commendable INR 5.8 lakh, joining ‘Tiigers Of Kolkata’, owned by Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.

The auction day culminated in a total expenditure of INR 4.91 Cr by the six franchises, underlining the league’s commitment to nurturing both experienced campaigners and rising stars. With the stage set for unparalleled competition, the ISPL promises to showcase the best of cricket talent from across the nation, heralding a new era of sporting excellence.

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