The might of the Indian Premier League (IPL) keeps on enlarging as more than a 1000 players – 1097 to be precise according to the official website itself – are registered to be part of the IPL 2021 auction.
The window for the player registration closed on 4th February and 814 Indians and 283 overseas players will be up for grabs in the auction for the 14th edition of the tournament. The IPL 2021 Auction is scheduled for 18th February at 3 PM in Chennai.
According to the release by the IPL, 207 capped, 863 uncapped, and 27 Associate players are set to go under the hammer – a maximum of 61 players can be bought at the auction this time as a franchise can accommodate a maximum of 25 players.
The distribution of players is as follows: 21 Capped Indians, 186 Capped International, 27 Associate, 50 Uncapped Indian players who have played at least 1 IPL match, 2 Overseas uncapped players who have played at least 1 IPL match, 743 Uncapped Indians, and 68 Uncapped International.
56 Players from West Indies sign up for IPL 2021 auction
Of the 283 overseas cricketers to be available at the auction, 56 are West Indians, the maximum from any single country – unsurprisingly. The players from the Caribbean have lighted up the T20 format all around the world; Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard are the leading run-scores in T20 cricket.
The next most number of overseas players for the auction are from Australia, that is 42. 30 Players from Afghanistan will also be looking to attract some bids. 21 players from England, where there is a wave of bagging an IPL contract, are registered.
Moreover, 29 Kiwis will also be up for grabs in the auction. 2 players from the United States are available in the IPL market while 38 South Africans and 31 Sri Lankans are hopeful of IPL riches to be showered on them.
5 from Bangladesh, 2 from Ireland, 8 from Nepal, 1 from the Netherlands, 7 from Scotland, 9 from UAE, and 2 players from Zimbabwe will also be presented in the IPL 2021 auction.