IPL Auction: 282 foreign players line up

IPL Auction: 282 foreign players line up

NEW DELHI - Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Gayle are some among the 282 overseas players and a total of 1122 cricketers who will be up for grabs in the Indian Premier League <link> (IPL) auction to be held on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday that 58 players from Australia, 57 from South Africa, 30 from New Zealand and 26 players from England will be participating in the IPL <link> auction.

Other than that, there are 39 Sri Lankans, 39 West Indians, 13 from Afghanistan and 8 and 7 players from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the list.

Mitchell Starc, who ended his association with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the last IPL <link>, too has entered the auction that also includes Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder.

Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel are some of the South Africans, who are also part of the list.

The in-form Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson, who was mulling calling time on his IPL career last year, too have entered the race with Mitchell Johnson, who has retired from international cricket but continues to play in the Big Bash League.

Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the last year or so, too will be part of the auction apart from his Sri Lanka mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the league.

Among the Indians, a fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay go under the hammer.

The full list has already been sent out to the eight franchises.

There are a total of 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, which also includes 778 Indian players, apart from three players from Associate nations. Agencies