Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Chris Gayle, among 1122 registered for IPL Auction

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

Thirty-six players, including the likes of in-form Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan, un-retained stars R. Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, and fading stars like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have fixed their base price in the highest bracket of Rs. 2 crore for the forthcoming mega Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction, to be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

"The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the associate nations", said a BCCI release.

Afghanistan, too, will see 13 players along with eight from Bangladesh, two from Ireland, seven from Zimbabwe and two from the USA. A total of 282 overseas players (both capped and uncapped) have registered for the auction.

The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below. Surprisingly, two players from US and one player from Scotland have also registered for the IPL auction.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday that 58 players from Australia, 57 from South Africa, 30 from New Zealand and 26 players from England will be participating in the IPL auction.

Lasith Malinga, who's 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.

The Black Caps Colin Munro has done his cause no harm by racking up T20I centuries against the West Indies while his skipper Kane Williamson is also likely to be a sought after acquisition.

South African players listed for the auction include Hashim Amla, Faf du Plesis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

The VIVO IPL has always been about the union of talent and opportunity and India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi will fill up the uncapped players' slot.

The timing of the Big Bash League means that Australian players are especially well positioned to leave an impression ahead of the auction with names like Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson being considered alongside more left-field selections like D'Arcy Short.

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