IPL 2018: Joe Root included in players list for IPL auction

This will be Root's very first IPL season.

Franchises will be surely rooting for the England Test skipper. (Getty)

A total of 1122 players have registered for the Indian Premier League auction set to be held on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Saturday (January 13). England's Test captain Joe Root is the new attraction with a total of 282 overseas players hoping to earn a contract.

A total of 26 players from England, 58 from Australia, 30 from New Zealand and 57 from South Africa have registered for the auction. Afghanistan too will see 13 players on the list while there are as many as 39 players from Sri Lanka. 39 players from Windies too have entered the auction.

England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the world’s most popular T20 league.

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

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

Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

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.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the league.

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. Australian D'Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.

Below is the country wise break up of  282 capped players

Country                            Total players
Afghanistan                              13
Australia                                   58
Bangladesh                                 8
England                                     26
Ireland                                          2
New Zealand                              30
Scotland                                       1
South Africa                                57
Sri Lanka                                    39
USA                                               2
West Indies                                  39
Zimbabwe                                      7 

Apart from this,  there are a total of 838 uncapped players, which also includes 778 Indian players, apart from three players from Associate nations.


By Anshuman Roy - 13 Jan, 2018

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