The BCCI had already announced the Indian Premier League auction to take place on February 18 in Chennai and today it was announced that a total of 814 Indian players and 283 overseas players signed up for it.
56 West Indies players have enrolled themselves for the auction followed by 42 from Australia while South Africa, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand have 38, 31, and 29 respectively. 21 England players have put their name forward with 9 players from UAE, 8 from Nepal, 7 from Scotland pushing their cause.
However, there are low representatives from Bangladesh and Ireland, USA, and Zimbabwe with Bangladesh having five names on the list and two each from the other nations. Only one Netherlands player has listed his name.
For the third year running, Mitchell Starc has decided to stay away from the IPL auction, having last featured in the 2018 auction when he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders before pulling out due to an injury. Given the upcoming T20 World Cup will be played in India, Starc was expected to partake in the next IPL but he has decided against it.
Arjun Tendulkar enrolled for the 2021 Auction
Meanwhile, Arjun Tendulkar has been enlisted for a base price of Rs 20 lakh after representing Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament earlier last month. It is common knowledge that he has been training with Mumbai Indians for a few years.
Sreesanth, who made a comeback to competitive cricket through Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, has enlisted himself for the IPL as well. There will be a total of 61 spots up for grabs if the franchises decide to pick their full-strength side.
“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),” said a media release from BCCI.