Joe Root throws hat into the ring

Joe Root throws hat into the ring

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.

It is learnt that 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.

England captain Joe Root features in this year's IPL auction for the very first time.

The BCCI has announced 1,122 players short-listed for the auction and according to the list, accessed by The Hindu, India's white-ball regulars like Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik have preferred to be in the highest base price bracket.

Records could very well be broken at the auction with such illustrious names as Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Ben Stokes and Mitchell Starc available for sale after the retention selections were made.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league. Lasith Malinga, captain Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera will be the representatives of Sri Lanka. Uncapped players are those who have still not represented their countries.

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282 foreign players have registered themselves for the auction that has changed the careers of many a player. South Africa are close behind with 57 while Sri Lanka and Windies have 39 each.

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

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

Among those vying for places in cricket's richest T20 League are Proteas superstars Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.

Afghanistan and Ireland, the two countries that earned Test status a year ago, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively.

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