Joe Root and Ben Stokes confirmed in 2018 Indian Premier League auction

Root feels he does not play enough T20 cricket and wants to develop further in time for the next World T20 tournament
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Joe Root will be among the high profile worldwide batsmen who will be available to the eight Indian Premier League teams during the mega IPL player auction scheduled in Bangalore on January 27-28.

Among the Indians, a fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay go under the hammer.

As far as worldwide cricketers are concerned, leading the list are names like Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes.

England captain Joe Root features in this year's IPL auction for the very first time.

The pair are among 36 players who have listed their base price at the maximum of 430 thousand dollars.

The IPL has sent a list of 1122 players to the eight franchises which includes 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.

Rising Pune Supergiants bowler Ben Stokes celebrates the dismissal of Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Shane Watson during their Indian Premier League cricket match in Bangalore India Sunday

A total of 1122 players have registered themselves for IPL auctions 2018.

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who ended his contract with Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of last season, has one again thrown his hat into the ring.

From the Caribbean, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Braithwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder would be the most sought after players in the IPL 2018 auction.

Among the 282 overseas players, Australia have the most number of players in the auction with 58 and are closely followed by South Africa with 57. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews.

Apart from these countries, players from Afghanistan (13), Bangladesh (8), Zimbabwe (7) and Ireland (2) have registered for the auction.

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab last season will be eyeing a lucrative deal along with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. Only 26 players from England have made it to the list.

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