IPL 2024 Overseas Player Rules & Auction Updates

Get full information on how many foreign players can play in IPL (Indian Premier League). Also, know the top buys from the auction and stars that went unsold.

Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan Dutta

Last Updated: 2024-02-26

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The rule set by the Indian Premier League (IPL) management for how many foreign players can play in IPL is the same as in previous seasons - eight overseas players can be kept in a squad and four can play in the playing eleven. Understanding these rules are essential, as they can completely dictate the transfer strategy of each IPL team.  For fans who are looking to bet on the IPL, you must ensure to consider these rules in your betting strategy as transfers can fall through based on oversea player requirements.

Before the IPL 2024 auction on December 19, 2023, at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, a total of 333 names were selected by the IPL teams for the much-celebrated auction. Among them, 214 players were Indians and 119 were foreigners. There were 77 spots available for the 10 teams combined out of which 30 were exclusive to overseas players.

Among the list of global superstars, who were not Indian, multiple big names were missing. To manage their workloads, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Jofra Archer—all three English players—withdrew from IPL 2024. Ahead of the auction, Bangladesh superstars Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan’s names were also absent from the trimmed list of 333 players.

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IPL 2024 Overseas Player Rules Auction Updates

List of Overseas Players in IPL


PlayerNationalityIPL Team BoughtPrice
Daryl MitchellNew ZealandChennai Super Kings₹14,00,00,000
Mustafizur RahmanBangladeshChennai Super Kings₹2,00,00,000
Rachin RavindraNew ZealandChennai Super Kings₹1,80,00,000
Jhye RichardsonAustraliaDelhi Capitals₹5,00,00,000
Harry BrookEnglandDelhi Capitals₹4,00,00,000
Shai HopeWest IndiesDelhi Capitals₹75,00,000
Tristan StubbsSouth AfricaDelhi Capitals₹50,00,000
Spencer JohnsonAustraliaGujarat Titans₹10,00,00,000
Azmatullah OmarzaiAfghanistanGujarat Titans₹50,00,000
Mitchell StarcAustraliaKolkata Knight Riders₹24,75,00,000
Mujeeb RahmanAfghanistanKolkata Knight Riders₹2,00,00,000
Sherfane RutherfordWest IndiesKolkata Knight Riders₹1,50,00,000
Gus AtkinsonEnglandKolkata Knight Riders₹1,00,00,000
David WilleyEnglandLucknow Super Giants₹2,00,00,000
Ashton TurnerAustraliaLucknow Super Giants₹1,00,00,000
Gerald CoetzeeSouth AfricaMumbai Indians₹5,00,00,000
Nuwan ThusharaSri LankaMumbai Indians₹4,80,00,000
Dilshan MadushankaSri LankaMumbai Indians₹4,60,00,000
Mohammad NabiAfghanistanMumbai Indians₹1,50,00,000
Rilee RossouwNew ZealandPunjab Kings₹8,00,00,000
Chris WoakesEnglandPunjab Kings₹4,20,00,000
Rovman PowellWest IndiesRajasthan Royals₹7,40,00,000
Nandre BurgerSouth AfricaRajasthan Royals₹50,00,000
Tom Kohler-CadmoreEnglandRajasthan Royals₹40,00,000
Alzarri JosephWest IndiesRoyal Challengers Bangalore₹11,50,00,000
Lockie FergusonNew ZealandRoyal Challengers Bangalore₹2,00,00,000
Tom CurranEnglandRoyal Challengers Bangalore₹1,50,00,000
Pat CumminsAustraliaSunrisers Hyderabad₹20,50,00,000
Travis HeadAustraliaSunrisers Hyderabad₹6,80,00,000
Wanindu HasarangaSri LankaSunrisers Hyderabad₹1,50,00,000
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The talk of the town was understandably Kolkata Knight Riders’ whopping Rs. 24.75 crores bid of Australian speedster Mitchell Starc, who had last played in the Indian Premier League in 2015. Having missed out on the playoff spot quite a few times in the last couple of seasons, KKR decided to go all out for the Australian veteran and his experience could be a huge boost for the two-time IPL champions.

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“... Obviously he (Starc) was a preferred player from a skill set standpoint. Initially, we were not successful in some of the bids. Maybe that worked in our favour because we did end up having money to do this. So we're just thankful that we were able to have him on our side.”

KKR CEO Venky Mysore on buying Mitchell Starc

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Justifying the amount spent on Starc, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said, “... Obviously he (Starc) was a preferred player from a skill set standpoint. Initially, we were not successful in some of the bids. Maybe that worked in our favour because we did end up having money to do this. So we're just thankful that we were able to have him on our side.”

The second top buy at the IPL 2024 went to Starc’s compatriot Pat Cummins, who has just recently led Australia to the 2023 ODI World Cup title on Indian soil. With Sunrisers Hyderabad desperately looking for a captain having lost David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan in the last couple of seasons, Cummins would be a great choice for a price of Rs. 20.5 crores.

Revealing the team’s plans to keep Cummins in a leadership role, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Daniel Vettori said, “I think it's obviously a discussion (on Cummins being a leader at SRH). There is a lot of cricket to be played between now and the IPL 2024 and Cummins has been so successful for Australia. World Cup winner, he pretty much wins everything he touches. So it will surely be a conversation to have."

The third most expensive buy was done by the defending champions Chennai Super Kings who spent Rs. 14 crores on New Zealand hard-hitter Daryl Mitchell. Mitchell’s strong build to send spinners over the rope while standing at his crease will go a long way in helping CSK negotiate the spinning conditions in the tournament.

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Speaking on Mithcell’s buy, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said, “It's not just who you get but it is the planning you do behind that. Mitchell was obviously an important player and that can throw you a little bit. A lot of nerves around it. I am just happy you get that main path under your belt and it went well for us."       

IPL 2024 Unsold Overseas Players

Base Price INR 2 Crores

PlayerNationalityBase Price
Steve SmithAustralia₹2,00,00,000
Josh InglisAustralia₹2,00,00,000
Josh HazlewoodAustralia₹2,00,00,000
Adil RashidEngland₹2,00,00,000
Rassie Van Der DussenSouth Africa₹2,00,00,000
James VinceEngland₹2,00,00,000
Sean AbbottAustralia₹2,00,00,000
Jamie OvertonEngland₹2,00,00,000
Ben DuckettEngland₹2,00,00,000
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One look at the names that didn’t get any buyers in IPL and it becomes clear how competitive the league has become over the years. While Josh Hazlewood wasn’t picked for his pre-informed absence over the first five weeks of IPL 2024, former Australian skipper Steve Smith, World Cup winner Josh Inglish, South Africa’s Rassie Van Der Dussen and many other big names have failed to find a place in the tournament.

Among other big names with lower base prices who went unsold in the IPL 2024 auction are Jason Holder (Rs. 1.5 crores), Tim Southee (1.5 crores), Colin Munro (1.5 crores) and more.


How many foreign players can play in the IPL playing 11?

A total of four foreign players can play in IPL playing 11 at a time, even with the Impact player rule.

How many overseas players are allowed in the IPL?

While each franchise can have a maximum of eight overseas players in their 25-man squad, only four can be played in a match.  

How many foreigners can play in IPL 2024?

The IPL 2024 Auction had a total of 333 players up for grabs, out of which 119 were in the category of foreign players. They could take up to 30 slots in total.

How many foreign players can play in a PSL team?

A maximum of four foreign players can be a part of the playing XI in a PSL match. 

Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan DuttaSports Writer

An M.A. in English Literature, Subhayan is an experienced journalist and sports writer. Having worked as a journalist at Hindustan Times, Subhayan covered diverse beats including sports, education, and health, showcasing his versatility and in-depth understanding of various subjects.