Among those vying for places in cricket's richest T20 League are Proteas superstars Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada. Rashid, along with England's controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, could well be one of the most sought-after players in the auction.
The final list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, which includes a whopping 778 uncapped Indian players. A total of 282 overseas players (both capped and uncapped) have registered for the auction.
A bidding war for Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir could also headline the upcoming auction. This is the first time that Root has entered his name for the acutions as before this, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy, Sam Billings and Stokes were the only English cricketers to play IPL.
Aussie skipper Steve Smith was retained by the Rajasthan Royals who return to replace 2017 finalists the Rising Pune Supergiant.
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The auction will take place on January 27-28 in Bengalaru. Other Australians in the auctions are Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson. Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka's entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
The Blackcaps have captain Kane Williamson, opener Colin Munro and Tom Latham in the auction. India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi will fill up the uncapped players' slot.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday that 58 players from Australia, 57 from South Africa, 30 from New Zealand and 26 players from England will be participating in the IPL auction. Internationally, Australian D'Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form. Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar, who made his worldwide debut recently, also belongs to this category while pacer Mohammed Siraj and batsman Manish Pandey have set their base price at INR 1 crore. It is also confirmed that there are three players from the associate countries.
Afghanistan and Ireland, the two countries that earned Test status previous year, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively.
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