IPL 2019: 232 overseas players register for upcoming auctions

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Lasith Malinga was mulling retirement after he went unsold in IPL 2018 auctions in February

The board also announced that Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic auto and charity auctioneer will be the new auctioneer, in place of Richard Madley. While Chennai Super Kings needs just to fill in two spots (both Indians), Kings XI Punjab has 15 slots available (11 Indians, four overseas players)-the highest among the franchises.

A total of 1003 players have registered themselves for the Indian Premier League player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18, the BCCI announced on Wednesday (December 5).As many as 232 of those are overseas players.

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.

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. Afghanistan has seen a massive boost, with 27 players registering for the auction.

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Among other countries, 28 contestants from Sri Lanka, 17 from New Zealand and 10 from Bangladesh will go through the auction.

Franchises have been given time till 5:00 PM IST on December 10 to send in their shortlist of players.

As the tournament prepares to enter its 12th edition, Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic vehicle and charity auctioneer will be the new gavel master.

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