1097 players have registered for the much-awaited IPL auction to be held in Chennai on 18 February, with Australia (42) and South Africa (38) having the most entries from the West Indies (56). The player registration deadline closed on Thursday and the list includes 21 international players including 21 capped Indians.
Twenty-seven players will represent allied countries and 863 uncapped cricketers, including 743 Indians and 68 foreigners.
The number of uncapped Indians who have played at least one IPL game stands at 50 and two for foreign players.
On Friday, an IPL statement said, “If there are 25 players in every franchise, then 61 players will be auctioned in their team (out of which 22 players can be foreign players).”
The auction, to be held a day after the second Test between India and England, will begin at 3 pm local time.
Kings XI Punjab went to the auction with the largest purse available with Rs 53.20 crore, followed by RCB (Rs 35.90 crore), RR (Rs 34.85 crore), CSK (Rs 22.90 crore), MI (Rs 15.55 crore), DC ( 12.9 crores for KKR and SRH) and 10.75 crores.
The 2020 edition was held in the UAE due to an epidemic, but the upcoming version will be played in India.
Top Australian draws such as Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were released from Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab on the last day of the retention deadline on 20 January respectively.
Other notable names to be released were Chris Morris, Harbhajan Singh, and Aaron Finch.
The franchise retained a total o 139 players and 57 players were released.
Country-wise breakdown of 283 foreign players who have registered: Afghanistan (30), Australia (42), Bangladesh (5), England (21), Ireland (2), Nepal (8), Netherlands (1), New Zealand. (1) 29), Scotland (7), South Africa (38), Sri Lanka (31), UAE (9), USA (2), West Indies (56), Zimbabwe (2).