Mumbai: As many as 1,097 cricketers, including 283 overseas players, have signed up for the upcoming IPL auction to fill up the 61 available spots.
Meanwhile, all the franchises released a list of retained and released players in the last month and some of the top foreign cricketers were let by the teams.
They include Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, who had a poor season of IPL 2020 and will be hoping that a new franchise will choose them again in the auction.
Players from 15 foreign countries have registered for the IPL 2021 auction and it remains to be seen if all have been selected for the upcoming season.
For foreign players, there are only 61 maximum spots with only 22 of them. A total of 283 foreign cricketers have registered for the auction. The list of players includes 207 capped, 863 uncapped and 27 associate players.
A maximum of 42 players is from Australia while 38 cricketers from South Africa are expected to bid in the auction. Cricketers from Nepal, Ireland, UAE and the United States have also registered and it remains to be seen whether any of these players will pick up.