As many as 232 of those are overseas players. 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. Apart from these, one player each from USA, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands have signed up.
Of the 1003 players, 800 are uncapped, with 746 of those from India. For the first time ever, the list includes players from Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Puducherry, the nine new teams in the Indian domestic circuit.
Only 70 slots are available to be filled, with 50 of those for Indians. Franchises have to submit their final shortlist of players before 5pm on December 10.
Big names like Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are among the players released by their respective franchises ahead of the auction.
The board also announced that Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer will be the new auctioneer, in place of Richard Madley.
First Published: December 5, 2018, 6:56 PM IST