Mumbai: The IPL 2023 auctions will take place on 23 December 2022, 1.00 p.m. onward, and fans across India can watch all the action unfold live from the auction table on the Star Sports Network show "Cricket Live: Auction Special." To provide fans with in-depth knowledge of auction strategies, player recruitment, and other topics, Star Sports has assembled a stellar team of widely acclaimed auction specialists who can share first-hand knowledge of what happens on the auction table with viewers.
A Star Sports spokesperson said, "This year’s auction panellists on Star Sports have been handpicked to provide the best insights to our viewers. These are some of the most proficient experts in the cricket domain, with years of experience not only on the field and in team management but also in technically sound auction strategies and tactics. Our English language feed boasts of names like Ian Bishop, who is arguably among the crème de la crème in the cricket world with an indelible profile that speaks volumes of his stature."
He further added, "Tom Moody and Simon Katich, who were crucial members during the auction strategy of various IPL teams, and Aaron Finch, one of the most decorated cricketers in Australia, who has represented a record nine IPL franchises in his career. For our regional feeds, we have MSK Prasad, who brings with him years of valuable experience as the former chief selector of the Indian national team; L Balaji, who was one of India’s leading spearheads in his time and began his career in coaching with Chennai Super Kings; and Irfan Pathan, who has been the mentor-coach of the Jammu & Kashmir cricket team, which has the maximum representation in this year’s auctions."
"Cumulatively, these legends of the game will be able to thoroughly analyse every auction strategy that franchises adopt and provide fans with a well-informed view of how their favourite team fared at the auction," he said.
To enhance the fan experience, Star Sports will broadcast the auction in five different languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. Former cricketers and experts such as Ian Bishop, Tom Moody, Aaron Finch, Simon Katich, and Mayanti Langer for the English feed will be among the panellists for the various feeds. Along with Jatin Sapru, the Hindi feed will include top experts such as Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan, and Amol Mazumdar. Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sadagoppan Ramesh, and Subramaniam Badrinath will appear in the Tamil feed, while Venugopal Rao, MSK Prasad, and Ashish Reddy will appear in the Telugu feed. Vijay Bharadwaj, Srinivas Murthy, and Balachandra Akhil will appear on the Kannada feed.
Star Sports also launched the "Election Se Selection" contest for fans across India as part of an initiative to bring fans closer to the auctions. Millions of fans entered the contest, and 20 of them, along with five super fans, were chosen to visit the studios for the auction day.