The rest of the players who has not been picked today at the draft will automatically get enlisted in the IPL 2016 auction list. 

Team Rajkot's IPL draft picks: Raina, Jadeja, McCullum, Faulkner and Bravo.

Rajkot picks up Dwayne Bravo as their fifth and final pick from the draft! 

Team Rajkot is taking their time to decide on their last pick from the draft! Who is it going to be?

Team Pune's IPL draft picks: Dhoni, Ashwin, Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis. What names! 

Last one for Team Pune - Faf du Plessis. Seems like Dhoni is not going to miss his old teammates much! 

Team Pune and Team Rajkot can pick one player each. Who is it going to be??? Any guesses?

Rajkot picks up James Faulkner as their fourth choice.

This has been an exciting  draft session so far. 

Steve Smith has been picked up by Pune. What names they have already! 

So far:

Pune - Dhoni, Ashwin, Rahane

Rajkot - Raina, Jadeja, McCullum

Brendon McCullum will play for Rajkot! First overseas player to be picked up in the draft!

Pune is on fire here - Picks up Ravichandran Ashwin too! 

Pune picks Ajinkya Rahane!

Rajkot picks up Ravindra Jadeja as their second choice! 

MS DHONI to play for Pune! Raina has been picked up by Rajkot! 

We are just few minutes away from the start of the draft! Till then let us have a look at some of the statistics: 

The probable hottest pick of the 10 players MS Dhoni has played 129 matches in all the seasons of the IPL. He has gone on to score 2987 runs at an impressive average of 39.30. 

Who do you think should pick him?

Harsha Bhogle was all excited and pumped up yesterday as he is supposed to host the IPL 2016 Players draft today.

The players draft is about to get underway! Hold on to your seats ladies and gentlemen! We will get to know the future of 10 top performers of the IPL from CSK and RR in some time! Are you all ready?

The director of Intex Keshav Bansal has already arrived at the venue:

What are your predictions guys? We are predicting:

Pune: Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Bravo and Faf

Rajkot: Jadeja, Rahane, McCullum, Watson, Steve Smith

Harsha Bhogle is all set to lead the charge at the IPL 2016 players draft. Bhogle will be hosting the event at the Club House of the Bandra Kurla Complex Stadium. 

Just to remind you guys again: This is not a full fledged auction. This is just a draft from where either of the two new sides Pune and Rajkot will get to chose five players each! 

The two new franchises Pune and Rajkot will get to chose five players respectively from a pool of 50 players who were a part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Here is a detailed explanation of the players draft from cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle:


Since there seems to be a bit of confusion over the draft for the IPL tomorrow, here is an attempt at simplifying...

Posted by Harsha Bhogle on Monday, 14 December 2015

MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and more will be up for grabs.

Both Pune and Rajkot will have to wise in chosing their first five players from the draft as they will be laying the foundation of the squad. The rest of the players who will remain unpicked after today's draft will automatically be added to the auction list. The IPL 2016 auction will take place 6 February 2016. And a number of exciting and talented players will go under the hammer.

Hello and welcome to the live blog coverage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 players draft. I am Rajarshi Majumdar (you can follow me on @manutdkolkata) and I will be bringing you the live updates from the trading window action.