Root, Gayle, Stokes among star attractions in IPL auction

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In 2018 IPL auctions, there will be a total of 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players including 778 Indian players.

The full list of the players has been sent to all the eight franchises.

A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.

As far as global cricketers are concerned, leading the list are names like Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes. Rashid, along with England's controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, could well be one of the most sought-after players in the auction.

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.

Among the 282 overseas players registered for the auction, Australia tops the list with 58 players, followed by South Africa with 57 players.

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Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the auction. It is also confirmed that there are three players from the associate countries. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka and the west Indies will 39 players each while New Zealand, among the top Twenty20 nations in the world will have 30.

Among those vying for places in cricket's richest T20 League are Proteas superstars Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada.

Stokes has been cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to play in the competition where past year he earned a record £1.7m at Rising Pune Supergiant.

From the Blackcaps, skipper Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will be the most important players in the auction. Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson are other Australians who would be featuring in the auction.

Afghanistan and Ireland, the two countries that earned Test status previous year, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively.

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