IPL 2021 auctions are just around the corner and the excitement is slowly and steadily starting to catch up. The player registration for the auctions this time around closed on February 4. As per a BCCI media release, 814 Indians and 283 foreigners have enrolled themselves for the upcoming mini-auction.The 1,097 players’ list features 21 capped Indian cricketers. Besides, 186 capped international players will be a part of the IPL Auction 2021. There will be 27 players from the Associate countries also. Recently, associate member players, Chirag Suri (UAE) and Ali Khan (USA) earned contracts in the IPL.
Among the foreign countries, West Indies has the most players in the IPL Auction 2021 list. 56 Caribbean stars will go under the hammer this year, while 42 players from Australia will also be a part of the event.Afghanistan (30), South Africa (38), and Sri Lanka (31) are the other nations with at least 30 players on the list. The franchises did not retain a single Sri Lankan player before the IPL Auction 2021. It will be interesting to see if any player from the island nation can secure a contract.Five Bangladeshi players, 21 Englishmen, two Irishmen, eight Nepalese cricketers, one Dutch, 29 Kiwis, seven Scots, nine UAE players, two Americans, and two Zimbabweans complete the player list. Also, the BBL(Big Bash League) is underway and the teams would want to acquire some of the players who have a fair run in the tournament so far. These include the likes of Josh Inglis, Jake Weatherald and Craig Mcdermott. Also the focus is bound to be on some of the Indian players who were released: Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav and Parthiv Patel.
743 uncapped Indians and 68 uncapped foreigners, who have never played in the tournament, feature in the 1,097-player list. IPL Auction 2021 will occur on February 18. The event will begin at 3 PM in Chennai. Most franchises have retained their core group of players. A maximum of 61 players will get contracts in the upcoming auction.