Players from world Twenty20 champion Pakistan, Australia and South Africa make up half the cricketers on offer in the Indian Premier League auction on Tuesday.
IPL organizers have shortlisted 66 players from eight countries for the auction, with Pakistan, Australia and South Africa contributing 11 players each.
Sri Lanka has nine contenders, while eight players each from England and the West Indies have registered for the lucrative Indian Twenty20 contested by eight franchises.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, Misbahul Haq, Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Sohail Tanvir competed in the first edition of the IPL in 2008, however the tournament was closed to Pakistani players last year when the Indian government refused to allow them to compete due to political tensions after the Mumbai terror attacks.
The IPL said on its Web site that all the players bought from the auction will be given a one year contract valid till Dec. 31. The contract also includes a Champions League Twenty20 tournament later this year.
IPL Auction player list:
Australia: Brad Haddin, Philip Hughes, Doug Bollinger, Ashley Noffke, Adam Voges, Luke Pomersbach, Clint McKay, Graham Manou, Ben Laughlin, Jason Krejza, Damien Martyn.
England: Tim Bresnan, Eoin Morgan, Robert Key, Anthony McGrath, Monty Panesar, Mark Ramprakash, Graeme Swann, Jonathon Trott.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi, Misbahul Haq, Umar Gul, Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, Mohammad Aamer, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir.
South Africa: Zander de Bruyn, Wayne Parnell, Tyron Henderson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Rory Kleinveldt, Yusuf Abdulla, Vernon Philander, Johan van der Wath, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Morne van Vyk, Justin Kemp.
Sri Lanka: Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Zoysa, Upul Tharanga, Thissara Perera, Thilina Kandamby, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Chamara Welegedara, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Chamara Silva.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Daren Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Wavell Hinds, Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn.
New Zealand: Grant Elliott, Lou Vincent, Shane Bond, Nathan McCullum.
Zimbabwe: Murray Goodwin. Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan.
Canada: Rizwan Cheema.
Netherlands: Ryan ten Doeschate.