Around 1000 players registered for IPL 2019 player auction for the upcoming mini-auction of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League. There are 70 spots available in the eight franchises for the upcoming mini-auction on December 18 in Jaipur.
The player auction ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 was announced by BCCI on Monday. The auction will be a one-day affair and there is also a change in venue with the event moving to the Pink City from Bengaluru.
While the newest addition are players from the Northeastern states, Uttarakhand and Bihar, there will also be 232 overseas players, who have thrown their hat in the ring. There are 800 uncapped players with 746 being Indians.
Among the foreign players, 35 Australians have registered themselves while 27 players are from Afghanistan. The highest number of players registered -- 59 -- are from South Africa while USA, Hong Kong and Ireland have one player each in the initial list.
The list will be further pruned for the auction with franchises being given time till December 10 to submit their wish-list of players.
Another notable development will be the absence of auctioneer Richard Madley, who became a regular feature during the IPL auctions over the years.
Hugh Edmeades, described as an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer, will be the new gavel master.
With over 30 years of experience at auction company Christie's, Edmeades will be replacing Madley, whose absence from this edition has not been specified in the BCCI release.
Yuvraj Singh was released by KXIP while the Delhi Daredevils let go of Gautam Gambhir. Rajasthan Royals released Jaydev Unadkat after paying a whopping Rs 11.5 crore for his services at the auction held ahead of the 2018 edition.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad dumped Wriddhiman Saha along with West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite. Mumbai Indians further released some top international stars like JP Duminy along with the fast bowling duo of Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh.
The 2019 edition of the IPL may be held outside India, partially or completely, if it clashes with the general elections.