The Best on the Block: MIT-CL Auction
The teams for the MIT Cricket League sought to fill their ranks with the best of MIT’s talent in the auction for the tournament. The selected players from the three-day trials filed into the Library auditorium with the hope of being selected to be a part of the semi-professional tournament.
The six teams taking part in the league- Hurricanes, Titans, Ninjas, Wizards, Samurais, and Pirates, each began with a virtual budget of 2.5 Million. The players were grouped into two categories, elite and non-elite, with the former consisting of university-level cricketers. The elite players were further divided into pools A pool B, with base prices of 100,000 and 50,000 respectively.The non-elite were divided into three pools with base prices at 40,000, 30,000 and 20,000.
The captain of the MIT cricket team, all-rounder Abhinav Maheshwari, was the most expensive buy of the auction, with Hurricanes shelling out a whopping 1.37 million for him. The non-elite pool mainly consisted of first years, but there was no lack of talent or the recognition of it here. Likhit, a first-year Wicket-keeper batsman, was picked up by the Samurais for 910,000, a larger sum than even many elite players could fetch. Working with a limited budget, the managers had to remain selective and place their bids strategically to ensure the best combination of players possible. This meant that a lot of the players remained unsold, with an awkward silence filling the room every time this happened.
MIT-CL envisions to produce the next Anil Kumble and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who apart from being world class cricketers are engineers, as well. Around eighty of the hundred and fifty players who went under the hammer walked out with the pride that comes with being recognized as among the best cricketers on campus. Soon, they will get a chance to put their skills to the test as the tournament gets underway.
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