#IPLAuction2022: 1,214 players register for mega auction, 896 Indian, 318 overseas

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Mumbai: Preparations for the IPL 2022 mega auction are reaching their peak as the players’ registration closed on January 20 taking the total to 1,214 players (896 Indians and 318 overseas).

In the Mega Auction, 10 teams will bid from a pool of over thousands of cricketers from across the world.

The list of players includes 270 capped, 903 uncapped and 41 associate players. The detailed list is as follows: Capped Indian (61 players), Capped International (209 players), Associate (41 players), Uncapped Indians who were part of the last IPL season (143 players), Uncapped Internationals who were part of the last IPL season ( 6 players), Uncapped Indian (692 players), and Uncapped International (62 players).

“If each franchise is required to have a maximum of 25 players in their squad, 217 players will be put up for auction (out of which 70 can be overseas players),” IPL said in a statement.

Two new Indian Premier League teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – also named their draft picks for the 2022 season ahead of the upcoming mega auction.

Ahmedabad has chosen Hardik Pandya (Rs 15 crore), Rashid Khan (Rs 15 crore) and Shubman Gill (Rs 8 crore). While Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 cr), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 cr) and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 cr).

Vikram Solanki has been appointed as the Director of Cricket for Ahmedabad, while Hardik Pandya will lead the franchise. Gary Kirsten will serve as the batting coach and mentor of the Ahmedabad franchise while Ashish Nehra has been appointed as the head coach.

Talking about Lucknow, KL Rahul will take over the captaincy. Andy Flower has already been named the coach of the Lucknow franchise, while former India batsman Gautam Gambhir will serve as the mentor of the franchise.

First Published:January 22, 2022, 11:01 am

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