Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

IPL auction attracts 1,003 players

IPL auction attracts 1,003 players

The two Australian batsmen have made the decision, keeping in mind a busy schedule and the Cricket World Cup, which will start in England, weeks after the conclusion of IPL, according to ESPNCricinfo.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction will witness the new gavel master this time as Richard Madley is set to miss the event.

Big names like Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are among the players released by their respective franchises ahead of the auction. There are 800 uncapped players with 746 being Indians. And Mohammad Shami, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha - who has been out of the Indian team due to a streak of injuries - also enter the auction with a Rs 1 crore base price. In a first, there will players from the Northeastern states, Uttarakhand and Bihar.

Sri Lanka great and Indian Premier League's highest-wicket taker Lasith Malinga is back in the auction pool ahead of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league, scheduled to start in the third week of March.

South Africa leads the way in terms of players registered, with no less than 59 hailing from these shores, including Proteas speedster Dale Steyn, who is perhaps the most high-profile player in the running.

The West Indies and Sri Lanka have 33 and 28 registered players, with minnows, Afghanistan sporting a decent number with 27.

Franchises will now have time until 5:00 PM IST, Monday 10th December to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction list.

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