IPL: Over 1000 players sign up for Player Auction 2018

England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the cash rich T20 league.

281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations have signed up for this year's IPL Player Auction.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Registration closed on Friday, with a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the Player Auction scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.

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The list comprises 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations. While Australia (58) leads the country-wise breakdown of registered cricketers, South Africa (57) is a close second.

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England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the cash rich T20 league.

Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers K.L. Rahul and Murali Vijay will be on top of every team's wishlist.

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

Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.

Also expected to attract heavy bids are Australia's Glenn Maxwell,  all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to its third title last season with his final over heroics.

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Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab last season will be eyeing a lucrative deal along 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 league.

The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below:

Country

Players Registered

Afghanistan

13

Australia

58

Bangladesh

8

England

26

Ireland

2

New Zealand

30

Scotland

1

South Africa

57

Sri Lanka

39

USA 

2

West Indies

39

Zimbabwe

7