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IPL auction 2018: England Test captain Joe Root to compete with Gayle, Bravo, Maxwell

IPL auction 2018 will be held in Bangalore on January 27 and 28. A combined pool of 1,122 players will be available to the eight IPL teams. England Test skipper Joe Root will compete with the best

cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2018 22:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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England's Joe Root will be among 282 overseas players who will be available for the Indian Premier League player auction 2018 to be held in Bangalore on January 27 and 28. (AP)

Joe Root will be among the high profile international batsmen who will be available to the eight Indian Premier League teams during the mega IPL player auction scheduled in Bangalore on January 27-28. The England Test captain will be among 282 international players who have signed up for the IPL auction. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA FULL COVERAGE)

The BCCI on Saturday released the list of 1,122 players who will go under the hammer. The usual mix of top Twenty20 players from India and overseas will be available to the teams.

Australia and South Africa will have the largest overseas representation with 58 and 57 players, respectively. Sri Lanka and the west Indies will 39 players each while New Zealand, among the top Twenty20 nations in the world will have 30. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, USA two and Scotland one.

The full list 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 bidding in the IPL player auction 2018.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league while Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.

Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

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.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the world’s most-followed Twenty20 league.

First Published: Jan 13, 2018 11:27 IST