The IPL 2024 auction is quickly approaching, scheduled for December 19 in Dubai. This marks a significant departure, as it will be the first time the IPL auction takes place outside of India. The auction is set to be a mini-event for the IPL 2024 season, which is expected to kick off in the last week of March or the first week of April next year.

The upcoming IPL 2024 season holds particular importance for players, given that the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies is scheduled to begin just a week after the conclusion of the IPL.

Leading up to the IPL 2024 auction, franchises have been active in the trading window, engaging in player swaps and cash transactions. More such dealings are anticipated in the days leading up to the auction.

A crucial date to keep an eye on is November 26, which serves as the deadline for announcing the list of retained and released players ahead of the IPL auction.

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Here are some notable trades that have taken place so far in preparation for the IPL 2024 auction:

  1. Romario Shepherd to Mumbai Indians: Lucknow Super Giants traded West Indies all-rounder Romario Shepherd to the Mumbai Indians in a player-for-cash deal. Shepherd featured in just one match for LSG in the IPL 2023 season. His move to Mumbai may suggest a potential release of Jofra Archer, who has been dealing with a two-year elbow injury. Shepherd, having recently won the CPL title with Guyana Warriors, showcased impressive performances in the SA20 for JSK.
  2. Devdutt Padikkal and Avesh Khan swap franchises: Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants engaged in a trade involving Devdutt Padikkal and Avesh Khan. LSG acquired Avesh for INR 10 crore, while RR secured Padikkal for INR 7.75 crore. Both players had subdued IPL 2023 seasons, with Padikkal struggling in the middle order for RR, averaging 26 with a strike rate of 130, and Avesh picking up only 8 wickets while conceding over 9 runs per over.
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As trade activities continue, additional reports suggest potential releases. Delhi Capitals are reportedly considering parting ways with Manish Pandey and Sarfaraz Khan, both of whom had lackluster seasons. There is also speculation surrounding CSK’s contemplation of releasing Ben Stokes, who was acquired for INR 16 crore, with uncertainties arising due to an upcoming knee surgery that might affect his IPL participation.