England’s Test captain Joe Root is the new major entry as 1,122 players – 282 foreign nationals – have signed to be the part of the player auction for the 2018 VIVO IPL Player Auction.
The IPL Player Registration closed on Friday evening with a whopping 1,122 signings for the player acquisition bid process on January 27 and 28. The auction will take place in Bengaluru, IPL has stated in an official note.
As has been the trend over the last 10 seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.
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.
A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.
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 the auction.
England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring. He will be the new entrant to the world’s richest T20 league. 26 Englishmen will be trying their luck at the auction.
Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league. There will be 39 Caribbean players in the fray.
Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s 39-players entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics, are the star attractions among Australia’s 58 entrants. This is the largest number for a single nation.
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 57 entries from South Africa.
Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, and Tom Latham are the top names amongst 30 New Zealand players in the auction pool.
The VIVO IPL has always been about the union of talent and opportunity and India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi will fill up the uncapped players’ slot. Australian D’Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.
The other overseas players tally includes 13 Afghan, 8 Bangla, 7 Zimbabweans, 2 Irish and Americans each and a Scottish player.