IPL news January 23, 2016

Yuvraj, Pietersen list IPL base price at INR 2 crore


Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive buy in the previous auction © PTI

Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Ishant Sharma, Mitchell Marsh are among 12 players that have listed the highest base price of INR 2 crore (approx $296,000) for the IPL players auction, scheduled for February 6 in Bangalore. These players feature in a 714-strong long list - accessed by ESPNcricinfo - which will be trimmed by January 25 to form the final pool of players for the auction.

Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson and Dhawal Kulkarni are the other Indians who have put a reserve price of INR 2 crore. Australia veteran Michael Hussey might have turned 40, but he remains confident about playing a role in a format perceived to be a young man's game as he too put INR 2 crore as his base price. Hussey has not only captained Syndey Thunder to the final of the ongoing Big Bash League, but he is also the tournament's leading run-scorer.The other overseas player who has attracted the INR 2-crore base price is Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson.

The auction is likely to be a busy affair considering not just the two new franchises - Rising Pune Super Giants (RPSG) and the yet to be named Rajkot team - but also established teams like Delhi Daredevils are expected to bid fiercely at the single-day auction.

Last month, Daredevils released the maximum players - 13 - from last year's squad which included marquee names Yuvraj and Sri Lanka captain and allrounder Angelo Mathews. Last year, Yuvraj was the most expensive buy for the second consecutive auction after the Daredevils raised the bid price to INR 16 crore ($2.3 million). Daredevils also paid INR 7.5 crore ($1.1 million) for Mathews. However, both players failed to create the desired impact and the franchise consequently decided to release them to bolster their purse going into this year's auction.

A total of 61 players were released by the six franchises when the first trading window closed on December 31. Among them was the second most expensive player of last year's auction, Karthik, who was secured by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 10.5 crore ($1.5 million).

Following is the purse remaining with the each of the eight franchises:

Delhi Daredevils (INR 37.15 crore), Kings XI Punjab (INR 23 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (INR 17.95 crore), Mumbai Indians (INR 14.405 crore), Royal Challengers Bangalore (INR 21.625 crore), Sunrisers Hyderabad (INR 30.15 crore), Rising Pune Super Giants (INR 27 crore), Rajkot (INR 27 crore).

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andy on January 26, 2016, 19:06 GMT

    @SaidHassani: Chances are pretty slim for Afghans, in this year IPL, may be if someone shines in the WC T20, you could say never, especially if any bought players are injured or unavailable. If BCCI, let Afghans be counted as Indian players, then you might see more Afghans in the IPL lineups but its going to take time for people to digest to this fact.

  • Sohan on January 26, 2016, 4:00 GMT

    What's about Afghanistan players??

  • niaz on January 25, 2016, 20:29 GMT

    Teams would love to have indian pacers. That frees up space for foreign alrounders and batsmen. For example KKR has to use Russel, Sakib, Morkel. There is just one spot left. While Russel did great with batting, he cannot be expected to the front-line pacer. Umesh is very crucial for KKR. Narine used to be their go-to bowler. Now if the can get Nehra/Sran /Mohit, they can go without Morkel and try to get a foreign bat like Hodge/Watson/Khawja in the team.

  • Ashok on January 25, 2016, 20:23 GMT

    @VICTORTRUMPET: IPL is mainly for Indian Cricketer. It cannot have 7 foreign to 4 Indian players- the reverse of the present situation. If you look into the past IPL seasons, the Indian players did better than foreign ones with some exceptions like AB De, Watson, Warne & maybe KP when he played. It gets house full for most matches. So crowd is not an issue. TV revenues have been good too. Its aim appear to be entertainment & inventive Cricket with Bollywood backed music & Western style cheer dancers. At the same time it provides "most lucrative jobs" for young & older Cricketers for 3 hour matches, via huge TV revenue. Without IPL, the Cricketers of all countries & mainly India, will be living in poverty instead of their present Luxurious Lives!. Guys like MS Dhoni have become extremely Rich via Cricket. Today a good Test Cricketer earns annually more than Great Gary Sobers earned in his lifetime.

  • MARTIN on January 25, 2016, 17:17 GMT

    Pune team is same old CSK in tactics......Piling up captains from other countries... While MSD is in the team..

  • Ashok on January 25, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    I can't understand what makes Ishanth, Binny, Kulkarni Nehra fix base price of 2Cr ? pathetic stuff from IPL GC.

  • krishna tej on January 25, 2016, 11:13 GMT

    @HAREKARE... Yuvraj is very ordinary batsman?? Oh!! God this man(Harekare) may be second bradman,tendulkar or lara. Or he may be following other sport like cricket which resembles the same

  • victor on January 25, 2016, 10:21 GMT

    Really if they want to make it an interesting tournament for the rest of the world's cricket watching community, they will change the ratio of foreign players. Currently it is 7 Indian players and 4 internationals. It needs to be 4 Indian players max. and 7 internationals min. Otherwise it's just a bumbling fumblefest...

  • Ashoke on January 25, 2016, 8:59 GMT

    Yuvraj is a very ordinary batsman and does nothing to justify his pricetag.

  • roger on January 25, 2016, 8:43 GMT

    It's unfortunate that talented overseas players with good world rankings command less than some of the mediocre / past the prime Indian players. The 1 1/2 month tournament fetches more than annual incomes for many overseas players.

    The logic can be pitches. Now a days all the players are home side bullies and pathetic performance when they travel. As they need to show the talent on Indian pitches, may be franchises thinking twice about foreign players.

    May be India should play IPL twice or longer duration ( about 10 weeks) like NFL< NBA etc. India should reduce their overseas matches, so that interest in IPL will be intense and above all, economy improves and dependency on ICC comes down; so no hassle of pitch reports/ICC officials/open letters etc. Just focus on fun cricket.

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