IPL 2019: Over 50 South African cricketers registered for player auction

Annette Crawford
December 6, 2018

For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, cricketers from nine states - Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Puducherry - have registered and will hope to showcase their talent in the world's biggest T20 tournament. The auction is set to be held on 18 December after the franchises handed over their list of retained and released players.

Injury problems saw the 35-year-old go unsold in the previous auction, but he has since made a remarkable comeback, working his way back into the limited overs setup in national colours, and has been registered at a base price of nearly R3 million.

South Africa have the maximum number of contestants with 59 of them to be bid in the auction; this is followed by 35 from Australia while West Indies are third in the list having 33 entrants.

The all-rounder is now in South Africa, where he plies his trade with the Joburg-based Jozi Stars in the Mzansi Super League T20. Afghanistan has seen a massive boost, with 27 players registering for the auction.

However, not every high-level player has put his name in the hat for the extravaganza, as several big names have instead opted out.

Australian ODI specialists Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch have opted out of the IPL season next year owing to a packed worldwide schedule.

The list will be further pruned for the auction with franchises being given time till December 10 to submit their wish-list of players.

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