IPL 2018: Total of 1122 players register their name for auction

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Joe Root will be among the high profile global batsmen who will be available to the eight Indian Premier League teams during the mega IPL player auction scheduled in Bangalore on January 27-28.

It predicted "a fierce bidding war" for Indian stars Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay also going under the hammer.

Along with Root, it remains to be seen which franchises Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes head to.

England captain Joe Root, who was not a part of the previous editions, has registered himself for the player 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 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.

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Among Australian cricketers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins top the list, being the most feared pacers in global cricket.

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who ended his contract with Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of last season, has one again thrown his hat into the ring.

Three players from Associate nations are also included in the list of uncapped players.

Other than that, there are 39 Sri Lankans, 39 West Indians, 13 from Afghanistan and 8 and 7 players from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the list. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews.

Among those vying for places in cricket's richest T20 League are Proteas superstars Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the world's most-followed Twenty20 league. Jofra Archer still looks set to wait out naturalization with his stated ambition to play for England but right now he could be bound for an IPL spell after his brilliant displays in the Big Bash League.

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