Over a 1000 players will be hoping to get a contract at the upcoming IPL Player Auction on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore. A whopping 1122 players threw their hats in the ring before the registration deadline for player auction closed on Friday (January 12). International cricket’s top stars and emerging domestic talents will once again come together to add life to the 11th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.
Indian stars like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav will all go under the hammer and are expected to trigger massive bidding wars among the eight IPL franchises that will take part in the auction.
Similarly, the franchises are expected to leave no stone unturned when the names of global icons like Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Jos Buttler, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson come up for grabs at the auction.
England’s Test captain and run-machine Joe Root will also be participating in the auction for the first time this year.
The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below: