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

Yuvraj Singh Gautam Gambhir Chris Gayle among 1122 registered for IPL Auction Image Twitter
Shannon Reynolds | 14 January, 2018, 02:44

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.

As far as worldwide cricketers are concerned, leading the list are names like Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes.

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

There are a total of 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, which also includes 778 Indian players, apart from three players from Associate nations. While Gayle wasn't retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for this season, Stokes, who played his maiden season of the IPL previous year, had been the most expensive acquisition of IPL 2017.

India captain Virat Kohli will pick up the IPL's largest salary - £2m - in this year's tournament after his team Royal Challengers Bangalore retained the batsman.

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Apart from these countries, players from Afghanistan (13), Bangladesh (8), Zimbabwe (7) and Ireland (2) have registered for the auction.

Among the 282 overseas players registered for the auction, Australia tops the list with 58 players, followed by South Africa with 57 players. Krunal Pandya, who is expected to fetch a lot of money in the auction, has set his base price at INR 40 lakhs.

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

Stokes has been cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to play in the competition where previous year he earned a record £1.7m at Rising Pune Supergiant.

INR 2 crore: R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard.

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