IPL Auction: Maxwell, Finch Opt Out as 1003 Players Register

Australian cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch opted out of the upcoming IPL players auction, due to Australia's packed schedule over the first half of 2019, which include a home series against Sri Lanka followed by a World Cup in England, and then the Ashes series.

Over 1000 players registered for the upcoming 2019 IPL auction, as the process came to a close on Tuesday. Out of the 1003 players, there 232 overseas cricketers, who have signed up to be a part of the player’s auction, which is set to take place in Jaipur on December 18, 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 for the auction.

The players registered, which include 200 capped players, 800 uncapped and three players from Associate Nations, will be vying for the 70 available spots among the eight franchises. Out of the 800 uncapped players, 746 are Indians.

Auctioneer Richard Madley has been part of all IPL auctions since its inception in 2008

The eight IPL franchises will now have time until 5:00 PM IST, Monday 10th December to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final IPL 2019 Player Auction list.

For the first time, auctioneer Richard Madley won’t be part of an IPL auction, since its inception in 2008. Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer will be replacing Madley for the 12th edition.

South Africa leads the chart of overseas players, with 59 of them. With 35 players Australia comes second, followed by West Indies, who have 33 registered players. The list also includes player from Sri Lanka (28), Afghanistan (27), New Zealand (17), England (14), Bangladesh (10) and Zimbabwe (5).

Meanwhile, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands and USA have one player each in the list.

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