The much-awaited auction for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League is just around the corner. With the teams gearing up to win the fiercely-contested tournament, they will be bracing up for another challenge and that is to build the strongest possible team during the auction.
A total of 351 players, which includes 122 capped internationals, will go under the hammer when the auction takes place in Bangalore on February 20. Initially, there were 799 players in the roster before being trimmed to 351 after the eight franchises submitted their wishlist.
In the initial list there were 160 capped players from nine countries – none from Pakistan – and 639 uncapped ones. The final list also contained six players from the Associates, including five from Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran. UAE batsman Chirag Suri was the other Associate player in the list.
Meanwhile, Sudip Tyagi, who has played four ODIs for India apart from representing Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, is the only Indian capped player to miss out on the list of the players who will be going under the hammer.
So here are all the details before the eight teams fight it out in the auction: