IPL: Over 1000 players sign up for Player Auction 2018

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

The auction, scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on 27 and 28 January, will also see India's Gautam Gambhir, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.

According to a cricket-specific website, Root has listed his base price at Rs 1.5 crore along with compatriots Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.

Still waiting for his disciplinary or legal charges for the Bristol incident in September, Ben Stokes is among the 13 Indian and 23 overseas players on the highest-price band. Sri Lanka and West Indies have 38 players each registered while New Zealand and England have 30 and 20 players inked in the register. Uncapped players are those who have still not represented their countries.

Root had stayed away from the IPL firstly because he wanted to establish himself in Test cricket and secondly due to the twin considerations of his first child, which was born in January 2017, and his appointment as Test captain of the England team. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, United States of America two and Scotland one.

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The in-form Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson, who was mulling calling time on his IPL career past year, too have entered the race with Mitchell Johnson, who has retired from global cricket but continues to play in the Big Bash League.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavour to the auction.

Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the previous year or so, too will be part of the auction apart from his Sri Lanka mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

From the Blackcaps, skipper Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will be the most important players in the auction.

Apart from AB de Villiers, who was retained by RCB, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada are some of the South Africa names in the list. Australian D'Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.

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