As many as 1003 players have registered for the upcoming Indian Premier League auctions, including 232 overseas cricketers. 28 Sri Lankan players have also been included in the auction. Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has listed himself among nine players with the maximum base price of INR 2 crore for the auction, which is scheduled to kick off in Jaipur on December 18.
With 70 spots available to be filled, the list includes 800 uncapped cricketers with India registering the highest number with 746 players.
One player each from Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands and USA have also registered for the auctions. Among foreign countries, South Africa have the maximum number of entrants (59), followed by Australia (35) and West Indies (33). Afghanistan has seen a massive boost, with 27 players registering for the auction.
Sri Lanka (28), New Zealand (17), England (14), Bangladesh (10) and Zimbabwe (5) are the other countries that have seen registrations.
For the first time in 12 seasons, Richard Madley won't be the auctioneer. In Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer - IPL will have a new gavel master.
Franchises have been given time till 5:00 PM IST on December 10 to send in their shortlist of players.