The 2018 edition of highly-anticipated Indian Premier League auction will see a total of 1122 players from across the globe take part, hoping to get a contract from the 8 IPL franchises. The auction, which is scheduled to be held on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore also has a new star player in the form of England’s Test skipper Joe Root on its roster this time around.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday (January 13) announced that out of the 1122 players who have registered their names for their auction, 282 are overseas players with 26 players from England, 57 from South Africa, 30 from New Zealand and 58 players from Australia throwing their hats into the ring.
Other than the above-mentioned heavyweights, 39 Sri Lankan players and 39 West Indian players have also sent in their names for the auction. Minnows Afghanistan will also have 13 participants. Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, USA, Scotland and Ireland have sent in 8, 7, 2, 1 and 2 registrations respectively.
Joe Root aside, plenty of other international superstars will also try their luck at the upcoming auctions, including the likes of Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, Hashim Amla, Mitchell Johnson, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Morne Morkel and Angelo Mathews.