Chris Gayle headlines several top-tier West Indies players who will join over 1, 000 players in the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) auction scheduled for month end.

The veteran left-hander was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) earlier this month and is now expected to find himself in a bidding war in the two-day auction on January 28 and 29.

According to IPL organisers, 1,122 players have signed up for the draft, with 39 Caribbean players among the 282 overseas entrants.

Much of the spotlight will fall on Gayle who remains one of the most sought-after names in international franchise cricket.

Gayle is the only batsmen in world cricket with over 10 000 runs in T20s but struggled last season, garnering only 200 runs from nine innings for RCB.

He will be joined in the auction by Kieron Pollard who was also released by Mumbai Indians after eight season on their roster.

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