Joe Root and Ben Stokes confirmed in 2018 Indian Premier League auction


Joe Root has thrown his hat into the ring and is among 1,122 players signing up to be a part of the IPL player auction scheduled to be held in Bangalore on January 27 and 28.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has circulated the first short-list of players among the eight IPL franchises.

Among the 1122 players, 281 are capped players while 838 are uncappped, including 778 uncapped Indian players.

It predicted "a fierce bidding war" for Indian stars Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay also going under the hammer. Rashid, along with England's controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, could well be one of the most sought-after players in the auction.

The England Test captain will be among 282 worldwide players who have signed up for the IPL auction. Krunal Pandya, who is expected to fetch a lot of money in the auction, has set his base price at INR 40 lakhs.

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Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder are some of the other key overseas players who have also entered the 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. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, United States of America two and Scotland one.

Again hoping to show his full range of strokes in this edition's IPL will be Glenn Maxwell along with Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

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

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