There appears to be a trend among overseas cricketers to move away from certain franchise competitions. This is a packed calendar in the modern era and it’s clear that many players need to manage their workload.
In the case of the Indian Premier League, Australian skipper Pat Cummins and the English pair of Sam Billings and Alex Hales have announced that they will not be available at the 2023 auction.
That’s a shame for all concerned, but perhaps it’s time for franchises to look beyond the obvious players. Here are five, untested younger cricketers who could feature next year, along with a roundup of the teams who might be bidding for their services.
IPL 2023 Assessed
The independent verdict on the sixteenth edition of the IPL is already in. According to the sportsbooks, defending champions the Gujarat Titans are favourites to win the 2023 tournament while Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore lead the chasing pack.
Other teams expected to be in with a chance include Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants. Those odds, as supplied by sportsbooks affiliated with SBO, are a good way in which to assess a team’s chances of success.
Figures will adjust in weeks and months leading up to the competition and visitors to the Sbo.net website can take their time in assessing the candidates. To help them reach a conclusion, there will be breaking news stories, blog posts and useful betting guides.
Those that are confident enough to take things further can then get involved in the cricket markets. Each sportsbook with a link into the site will take new customers who are happy to complete a secure sign up form.
Following a swift registration process, customers can opt to head to the cashier where a wide range of funding operators will help to get the account moving. Most sportsbooks list generous welcome offers and that opening deposit will cover qualifying bets.
Efficient customer services can help out at any stage while other benefits may include ongoing offers, mobile betting and a choice of other sports.
We’ve seen who the bookmakers think will win the IPL, but each of the ten franchises can consider some fresh talent for 2023.
Will Smeed: England
It’s clear what Will Smeed wants from the game. In November 2022, he signed a white ball only contract with his English county Somerset at the age of just 21. He wants to become a limited overs specialist and his numbers in T20 cricket suggest that he could get a call up to IPL 16.
Smeed has made big scores in the PSL and he became the first player to score a century in The Hundred competition in England. With big scores and bigger strike rates, the youngster deserves an opportunity.
Cameron Green: Australia
He’s spent the last 12 months establishing himself as a genuine international all-rounder and now it’s time for Cameron Green to get his chance in the IPL. He’s a multi-format player that can certainly do a job in T20 cricket.
In the shortest form of the game, Green has an exceptional strike rate and he takes valuable wickets in the middle overs.
Rahkeem Cornwall: West Indies
West Indian all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall isn’t your typical cricketer. His giant frame and reluctance to do much in the field is a disadvantage, but he has the ability to turn games with bat or ball.
In an unofficial T20 match in 2022, Cornwall became the first man to hit a double century in this format. It could be a gamble, but will it be one that an IPL franchise is prepared to take?
Harry Tector: Ireland
It’s rare for cricketers from associate nations to be called up to the IPL, but it’s hoped that someone is taking a look at Harry Tector.
An exciting young batter, Tector scores quickly and his performances earned a call up to the 2022 CPL with Barbados Royals.
Rehan Ahmed: England
The youngest player in this round-up, Rehan Ahmed has been on the fringes of the England squad, despite his tender age. The 18-year-old is primarily a leg spinner, but he did hit a century in the English County Championship last season.
Age shouldn’t be a barrier to an IPL contract for this promising cricketer.