Root, Gayle, Stokes among star attractions in IPL auction

282 foreign cricketers amongst 1122 who have registered for the 2018 auctions

282 foreign cricketers amongst 1122 who have registered for the 2018 auctions

Australia and South Africa will have the largest overseas representation with 58 and 57 players, respectively.

Thirty-six players, including the likes of in-form Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan, un-retained stars R. Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, and fading stars like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have fixed their base price in the highest bracket of Rs. 2 crore for the forthcoming mega Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction, to be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

Afghanistan, too, will see 13 players along with eight from Bangladesh, two from Ireland, seven from Zimbabwe and two from the US. It is also confirmed that there are three players from the associate countries. He was one of the most sought-after players in the 2017 IPL auction.

Root had stayed away from the IPL firstly because he wanted to establish himself in Test cricket and secondly due to the twin considerations of his first child, which was born in January 2017, and his appointment as Test captain of the England team.

The England Test captain will be among 282 global players who have signed up for the IPL auction.

The franchises will leave no stone unturned when Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins come up for bidding in the IPLplayer auction 2018. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, US two and Scotland one. West Indies and Sri Lanka both have 39 players each while New Zealand has 30.

Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the past year or so, too will be part of the auction apart from his Sri Lanka mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

From the Blackcaps, skipper Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will be the most important players in the auction.

Among those vying for places in cricket's richest T20 League are Proteas superstars Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.

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