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IPL auction: Fierce bidding war for Indian players expected

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A fierce bidding war for Indian stars, including Yuvraj Singh, and Gautam Gambhir, will headline the upcoming auction which will see more than 1000 players go under the hammer.

Besides the 2011 World Cup-winning trio, off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers K L and are likely to be on top of every franchise's wish list.

A whopping 1122 players have signed to be part of the upcoming auction, the announced today. The auction is scheduled to take place in on January 27 and 28.

Among the international cricketers, and Ben Stokes lead the list. While Stokes,the costliest buy in 2017, played only one season, Gayle was not retained by Royal Challengers

The list, sent out to the eight franchises, has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.

About 282 overseas - 58 from Australia, 57 from South Africa, 39 each from and West Indies, 30 from New Zealand, and 26 from England have registered for the auction.

From Australia, hoping to show his full range of strokes in this edition's will be along with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

England's captain, Joe Root, has also thrown his hat into the ring along with big names like Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, and pacers and

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, and Jason Holder will add the flavor to the auction.

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI in the 10th season, will be hoping for a high bid with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.

Kane Williamson, and from New Zealand will add the Kiwi charm.

Afghanistan, too, will see 13 players along with eight from Bangladesh, two from Ireland, seven from and two from the USA.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 14:05 IST