North-East Cricketers Among 1003 Players to Sign Up for IPL Auction

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The board also announced that Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic vehicle and charity auctioneer will be the new auctioneer, in place of Richard Madley. Of the 800 uncapped, 746 are Indians. 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. For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, cricketers from nine states - Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Puducherry - have registered and will hope to showcase their talent in the world's biggest T20 tournament. South Africa have the maximum number of entrants, with 59 players signing up while Australia (35), Windies (33), Sri Lanka (28) and Afghanistan (27) formed a sizeable portion of the list as well. USA, Hong Kong and Ireland have one player each in the initial list.

The player auction for the 2019 event takes place later this month, and 1003 cricketers have put their names in the hat, with around 230 hailing from outside India.

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Bangladesh (10) and Zimbabwe (5) are the other countries that have seen registrations. In Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic vehicle and charity auctioneer - IPL will have a new gavel master.

The list will be further pruned for the auction with franchises being given time till December 10 to submit their wish-list of players.

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