Franchisees - eight in all - will pretty much be starting with a clean slate and will get to choose from 62 capped Indian players and 182 capped foreigners. © BCCI/Sportzpics

Franchisees – eight in all – will pretty much be starting with a clean slate and will get to choose from 62 capped Indian players and 182 capped foreigners. © BCCI/Sportzpics

A whopping 578 players will go under the hammer next weekend for the 2018 Indian Premier League auctions, it was announced in a release on Saturday (January 20). The list was pruned from a total of 1122 players that had signed up for the auctions.

The auctions, which will take place on January 27 and 28, will be headlined by 16 marquee players, including the likes of Chris Gayle, R Ashwin, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane and Shakib Al Hasan among others. Each of these players are set at a base price of Rs 2 crore.

In addition to this, 20 other players have also opted for the highest price bracket. M Vijay, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Yuzvendra Chahal among others have opted for this category. In all, 13 Indians and 23 foreign players will be in the highest price bracket.

List of marquee players:
R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Ajinkya Rahane, Mitchell Starc, Ben Stokes, Dwayne Bravo, Gautam Gambhir, Shakib Al Hasan, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Kane Williamson

Franchisees – eight in all – will pretty much be starting with a clean slate and will get to choose from 62 capped Indian players and 182 capped foreigners. Teams will also have a big pool of 332 uncapped players to choose from; 298 of those being Indians. 

This year, unlike in previous editions, uncapped players will be mixed with capped players and go under the hammer on the opening day of the auction. Which possibly is because of the interest the likes of Krunal Pandya, Prithvi Shaw and Kamlesh Nagarkoti have stirred.  

With 18 players retained by respective teams in the draft earlier this year, as many as 182 slots remain vacant.

It will also be interesting to see how teams use their Right To Match Cards in a bid to bring back players from their squads in their most recent IPL editions.

“A lot of strategizing and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the VIVO IPL Player Auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting. The eight franchises have given us an indication of what their core would be with their Player Retentions and the VIVO IPL 2018 Player Auction will be an important step towards the creation of a successful team,” said Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman.

“The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of the IPL and are sure to attract high bids,” he added.

Country

Players in auction

Afghanistan

10

Australia

54

Bangladesh

6

Canada

1

England

24

India

360

Ireland

1

Nepal

1

New Zealand

24

South Africa

41

Sri Lanka

18

Windies

34

Zimbabwe

4