Chennai: As many as 1097 players have registered for the IPL 2021 auction to be held here on February 18, the league said on Friday.
The player registration deadline closed on Thursday and the list comprises 207 capped, 863 uncapped and 27 Associate players. Of these, there are 21 capped Indian, there are 186 capped international and 745 uncapped Indians.
Most entries have come from the West Indies (56) followed by Australia (42) and South Africa (38).
“If every franchise were to have the maximum of 25 players in their squad, 61 players will be taken in the auction (of which up to 22 may be overseas players),” read the IPL statement on Friday.
The auction, scheduled a day after the second Test between India and England, will start at 1500 hrs local time.
The register for IPL auctions has a few new notable names, and some surprise entries. Australia pacer Mitchell Starc has stayed away once again whereas Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar, and S Sreesanth have enlisted for the auctions.
Among other Indians, Kedar Jadhav, having been released by Chennai Super Kings, has put his base price at Rs 2 crore. Harbhajan Singh, another former CSK and India player, has also registered at a base price of Rs 2 crore. Hanuma Vihari (Rs 1 crore) and Cheteshwar Pujara (Rs 50 lakh) have also registered.
Among international players, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Colin Ingram, Mark Wood and Moeen Ali have all given themselves a base price of Rs 2 crore, the maximum that’s available.
Kings XI Punjab go into the auction with the biggest purse available at with Rs 53.20 crore, followed by RCB (Rs 35.90 crore), RR (Rs 34.85 crore), CSK (Rs 22.90 crore), MI (Rs 15.35 crore), DC (Rs 12.9 crore) and Rs 10.75 crore each for KKR and SRH. (UNI)