1122 players register for 2018 IPL auction


Hours after IPL announced that there would be as many as 1122 players taking part in the IPL auction, it has been revealed that 36 players (13 Indian and 23 overseas) have listed their base price at INR 2 crore, which is the maximum base price limit, ahead of the auction that is scheduled to take place in Bangalore.

A bidding war for Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir could also headline the upcoming auction.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is still out of the national side as he awaits disciplinary or legal charges for the Bristol incident in September, has listed his base price at INR 2 crore. The two pacers are among the most feared in the world and this would be a good chance for the franchises to add them to their squads.

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Aussie skipper Steve Smith was retained by the Rajasthan Royals who return to replace 2017 finalists the Rising Pune Supergiant. Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson are other Australians who would be featuring in the auction.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the auction.

Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson are two New Zealand cricketers demanding top dollar in the Indian Premier League auction at the end of the month. Lasith Malinga, captain Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera will be the representatives of Sri Lanka.

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Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 10th season will be hoping for a high bid with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.

There are 30 New Zealand players on the list including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Colin Munro and Tom Latham.

The T20 league has always given opportunity to young uncapped players and this time it will be no different.

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Among the 282 overseas players, Australia have the most number of players in the auction with 58 and are closely followed by South Africa with 57. Internationally, Australian D'Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form. Only 26 players from England have made it to the list. Afghanistan and Ireland, the two nations who were given Test status past year, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively. It is also confirmed that there are three players from the associate countries. Bangladesh have eight players, Zimbabwe have seven, US have entered two and Scotland have a player in the auction.