Joe Root throws hat into the ring

IPL player auction 2018: Joe Root, Chris Gayle among top cricketers up for grabs

IPL player auction 2018: Joe Root, Chris Gayle among top cricketers up for grabs

Hours after IPL announced that there would be as many as 1122 players taking part in the IPL auction, it has been revealed that 36 players (13 Indian and 23 overseas) have listed their base price at INR 2 crore, which is the maximum base price limit, ahead of the auction that is scheduled to take place in Bangalore.

Other Indian cricketers who are expected to fetch big amounts are Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.

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

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

Prominent Indian players featuring in the auction list include names like Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane. The allrounder became the most expensive overseas player bought at an IPL auction when Rising Pune Supergiants paid 3.5 million dollars.

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.


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

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab last season will be eyeing a lucrative deal along with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. West Indies and Sri Lanka both have 39 players each while New Zealand has 30.

The franchises will leave no stone unturned when Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins come up for IPL Player Auction 2018.

Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka's entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.

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

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the world's most-followed Twenty20 league.

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