IPL Auction: 70 spots, 1003 players and a new auctioneer

IPL Auction 2018 Live

IPL Player Auction is being held in Jaipur

Just a few days ahead of the IPL 2019 auction, over 1000 players who have registered themselves for the event which is scheduled to take place on December 18, 2018.

Only 70 slots are available to be filled, with 50 of those for Indians.

However, Malinga, who had been troubled in the recent past by injuries, made a successful comeback to worldwide cricket in 2018 and is bidding to represent Sri Lanka at next year's World Cup.

With the 2019 Cricket World Cup looming, Australia's limited overs captain Aaron Finch has chosen to sit out next year's IPL, alongside all-rounder Glen Maxwell.

Bangladesh (10) and Zimbabwe (5) are the other countries that have seen registrations.

South Africa leads the way in terms of players registered, with no less than 59 hailing from these shores, including Proteas speedster Dale Steyn, who is perhaps the most high-profile player in the running.

One player each from Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands and United States of America have also registered for the auctions.

Among the foreign players, 35 Australians have registered themselves while 27 players are from Afghanistan. The maximum price set for an Indian player is Rs 2.5 crore for the former Rajasthan Royals player is Jaydev Unadkat. And Mohammad Shami, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha - who has been out of the Indian team due to a streak of injuries - also enter the auction with a Rs 1 crore base price. The list will be further trimmed down for the auction with franchises being given time till December 10 to submit their own list of players.

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