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Indian Premier League 2018 auction: Over 1,000 players up for grabs

The list sent out by the BCCI includes 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 

Ben Stokes
At Rs 145 million, Ben Stokes was the most expensive player at the 2017 auction

The 2018 edition of the player auction will see 1,119 players from 13 cricketing nations go under the hammer as franchises prepare to beef up their squads for the tournament.

The player auction will take place over two days, January 27 and 28.

According to the Board of Control for in India (BCCI), the list sent out to the franchises has 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indian players and three players from associate nations, countries where is firmly established and organised but which do not qualify for full membership of the International Council.

In the recently concluded player retention process, the eight franchises together retained a total of 18 players, 12 Indian and 6 overseas. The teams can exercise the right to match during the auction, depending on the number of players retained before the auction.

IPL auction

Source: BCCI

Of the 1,119 players in the auction pool, 282 are overseas players. These include 58 Australian players, 57 South African players and 39 each from West Indies and Among the associate nations, two players from Scotland and one player from the US have registered for the auction this year.

Indian players up for grabs include heavyweights like and Yuvraj Singh, off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and Kuldeep Yadav, and openers K L Rahul and M Vijay. The overseas players the franchises will want to bid for include Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, and pacers Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, (the most in the previous auction), and

With the salary purse beefed up to Rs 800 million this year, the franchises are expected to put up a tough fight for the players they want in their teams. After the retention process, the teams have depleted some of the funds, but franchises like Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, having retained just one player each, go in with a hefty Rs 675 million (see chart).

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 23:22 IST