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Stokes, Gayle, Root among top foreign stars in IPL auction

Stokes, Gayle, Root among top foreign stars in IPL auction

England skipper Joe Root could be set for a first ever stint in the Indian Premier League having registered himself for the auction along with 25 other English players.

The pair are among 36 players who have listed their base price at the maximum of 430 thousand dollars.

282 foreign players have registered themselves for the auction that has changed the careers of many a player.

The usual suspects like Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Jos Buttler, Rashid Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard etc., who are expected to fetch a huge sum at the auction, have registered for the mega auction.

England's Test captain Joe Root has also tried his luck with a total of 282 overseas players hoping to find a buyer.

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In 2018 IPL auctions, there will be a total of 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players including 778 Indian players.

Among Australian cricketers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins top the list, being the most feared pacers in worldwide cricket. While Gayle wasn't retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for this season, Stokes, who played his maiden season of the IPL a year ago, had been the most expensive acquisition of IPL 2017.

Foreign stars will include Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and Australian pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. West Indies and Sri Lanka both have 39 players each while New Zealand has 30. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews.

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 10th season will be hoping for a high bid with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar, who made his global debut recently, also belongs to this category while pacer Mohammed Siraj and batsman Manish Pandey have set their base price at INR 1 crore.

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


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