Mitchell Starc and Joe Root will not be part of the auction

A total of 1097 players have registered for the auction.

Mitchell Starc and Joe Root. (Photo source: Getty Images)

Things are moving fast for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After franchises announced the list of retained and released players last month, the BCCI has now revealed that no less than 1097 cricketers have signed up for the next auction. The event is scheduled to take place in Chennai on February 18, one day after the end of the second test between India and England, starting at 3 p.m.

Like every season, many foreign players from 15 countries have registered for the auction. No less than 283 overseas cricketers are hoping to secure an offer with just 22 slots to fill among them. 42 cricketers from Australia and 21 from England have decided to participate in the auction.

However, according to Cricinfo reports, Mitchell Starc and the English test skipper Joe root are not listed for auction. This is huge news for teams who wanted to pick the top two players for the next IPL season. Perhaps Starc could consider the T20 World Cup in India later this year, while Joe Root is currently in India and will be in the bubble for the four-game test series.

He could also be part of the three-game ODI series that will be played in the last week of March and it looks like he wants the break as well.

James Pattinson for a break

Another Australian stimulus, James Pattinson, also decided to take a break and did not register for the next IPL auction. He performed for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 and performed decently, but the franchise released him last month alongside Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Among others to register for the auction are Sachin TendulkarThe son of Arjun Tendulkar who made his Mumbai senior squad debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month, and S Sreesanth who returned to Kerala after a more than seven year hiatus from the sport. Sreesanth has kept his base price of Rs 75 lakh and it remains to be seen whether a team will bid for him in the auction.

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