[caption id="attachment_681219" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Richard-Madley-GI.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-681219" alt="Richard Madley Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Richard-Madley-GI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Richard Madley Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The most-awaited Indian Premier League (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/IPL">IPL</a>) 2018 auction is all set to happen at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Bangalore. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has earlier also hosted IPL auctions. The auction will be a two-day affair held on January 27 and January 28. A total of 578 players will go under the hammer, amongst which 16 have been enlisted as marquee players. The 8 franchises have already retained 18 players, meaning only 182 places are left empty. <p></p> <p></p>The live streaming of the auction will be on hotstar. Whereas, the live telecast of the auction will be on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD and Star Sports First. The auction is scheduled to begin at 9 am. <p></p> <p></p>Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who have made a comeback in the IPL after two years will be major attraction. Kings XI Punjab who have only retained one player will also be a team to look on to. Three out of eight sides will be searching for a captain. <p></p> <p></p>The other interesting thing to look for is the involvement of big players in the auction like <a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chris-gayle/">Chris Gayle</a>, <a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gautam-gambhir/">Gautam Gambhir</a>, <a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a>, <a href="http://https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ben-stokes/">Ben Stokes</a>, Chris Lynn and many more. With India U-19 qualifying for the semi-finals, the U-19 players will also be in demand.