New Delhi: England superstars Ben Stokes and Joe Root will be amongst the 16 marquee players up for grabs during the the upcoming IPL Players' Auction, which is set to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. Current Indian superstars like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane have also opted for the highest base price in the auction.
The IPL 2018 Player Auction list sees 16 marquee players from India and overseas, headlining the big pool of 578 players, that will go under the hammer. With 18 players retained, 182 slots are up for grabs.
With INR 2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket. Marquee Players R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Hasan – each priced at INR 2 crore – will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow.
Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma have also set their base price at INR 2 crore and will hope to attract high bids as the eight franchises look to build their teams for the upcoming seasons.
A total of 62 capped Indians and 298 uncapped Indian cricketers will vie for the available slots with 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and 2 cricketers from Associate Nations.
"A lot of strategizing and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the IPL Player Auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting," IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said in a release.
"The eight franchises have given us an indication of what their core would be with their Player Retentions and IPL 2018 Player Auction will be an important step towards the creation of a successful team. 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.