England Test captain Joe Root has set his sight on the Indian Premier League following his registration in the auction ahead of the 2018 season.
Root had earlier indicated that he wants to continue playing the shortest format of the game for England as well as in the T20 leagues to ensure the right preparation for the 2019 World Cup and is among the 1122 players registered for the high profile auction.
The 27-year-old will be joined by his England team-mates Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan and will be joined by the West Indies high profile T20 stars Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder.
Recently reappointed Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella and Thisara Perera along with Australia's Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson have also thrown their hat in the auction. Out of contention Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga will also enter the auction after not retained by Mumbai Indians.
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada will add the South African flavour while Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham will form the New Zealand contingent.
Apart from the overseas, the Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul are also expected to fetch a high price in the auction after they were not retained by the respected franchises.
A total of 1122 players - 281 capped and 838 uncapped players - will go under the hammer in the auction on 27th and 28th January in Mumbai.
IPL Auction list by countries:
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
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