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.
Cape Town - With the player auction for the Indian Premier League looming 57 South African players have thrown their hat into the ring.
The BCCI on Saturday released the list of 1,122 players who will go under the hammer.
The final registration for the auction closed on Friday, in which 1122 signed up including 281 capped and 838 uncapped players.
England's Test captain Joe Root has also tried his luck with a total of 282 overseas players hoping to find a buyer. While Gayle wasn't retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for this season, Stokes, who played his maiden season of the IPL past year, had been the most expensive acquisition of IPL 2017. Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson are other Australians who would be featuring in the auction. A total of 282 overseas players (both capped and uncapped) have registered for the auction.
Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league while Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka's entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
The list of players on auction also includes players from Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the past year or so, too will be part of the auction apart from his Sri Lanka mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, U.S. two and Scotland one.
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.