Mumbai: Star Sports, country’s leading sports broadcaster, will telecast the first ever auction of football players in India Live on Friday, July 10, 2015 from Mumbai. The Hero Indian Super League 2015 Domestic Player Auction and Draft will witness the top football talent in the country going under the hammer, with the eight teams bidding aggressively to add the finest Indian football talent to their roster.
The auction will go Live at 10 among Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD2 and will be anchored by renowned broadcaster and football expert John Dykes. Charlie Ross, resident auctioneer of Gooding and Company, the leading American vintage automobile auctioneers and for MacDougalls, the Russian Fine Art Auction House, will head the auction proceedings for the day.
Ten players who have featured for the India national team and who did not play in the Hero ISL last season will be available to be purchased by the eight teams in the first of a kind auction.
The auction will be followed by a domestic draft with 114 players available for selection in the second season of the Hero Indian Super League.
The auction & draft day telecast will begin with a special in-depth analysis on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2 on what to expect at the auction and draft.Star Sports presenter Seema Jaswal along with former footballers and experts Paul Masefield and Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood will be part of the pre-auction show. Former Indian striker Abhishek Yadav and national coach Stephen Constantinewill also share their insights through the day. A special one hour wrap up show featuring all the action from the day long auction will broadcast between 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm on Star Sports 4 & Star Sports HD4.
With each club regulated to have a minimum squad of 22 players and maximum of 25, consisting of one marquee, eight international and 13 domestic players including two mandatory under-23 developmental players, the Hero Indian Super League 2015 Domestic Player Auction & Draft is expected to be competitively followed by not only the eight teams but also football fans across the country to witness the excitement of the auction, exclusively on Star Sports.