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England Test captain Joe Root has entered his name in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction, which will take place on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore.
With player registration having closed on Friday, Root’s name was just one among a whopping 1,122 players who are hoping to be picked to play in the star-studded event.
There were doubts about whether Root would join the player auction, especially as England head coach Trevor Bayliss advised him not to do so.
Players from all over the world put their names forward, but there is plenty of local talent too as Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Kuldeep Yadav will be going under the hammer.
A total of 58 players from Australia joined the auction, including Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder are just some of the West Indian players to sign up for the auction.
In regards to South Africa, captain Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada have all joined the auction.
Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga are some of the Sri Lankan names that will be up for grabs, while Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham are some of the New Zealand players in the mix.
The full list of players have already been sent to the eight franchises. It consists of 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players, which includes 778 Indian players and three from Associate nations.
Below is a breakdown of the number of players from each country that have applied for the auction.