Indian Premier League 2011 December 20, 2010

Lara, Dravid in highest price band for IPL auction

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Brian Lara might not have played active cricket for four years but he is one of the 21 names to attract the highest reserve price of $400,000 ahead of the IPL players' auction, to be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9. Alongside Lara, in the same bracket, are the former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, the Indian trio of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and IPL first-timers Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy and Luke Wright, all part of England's 2010 World Twenty20 winning side.

Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh and Mahela Jayawardene, who all played for Kings XI Punjab, will also enter the auction at the highest base price. They will be joined by other prominent IPL names such as Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle.

Almost as interesting as the names who have made it to the auction list of 416, are the players who haven't. The most notable absentees - in addition to Pakistan's cricketers, who continue to get the IPL cold shoulder - are some of Australia's biggest current players: Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson. Andrew Flintoff, who became the most expensive buy in the IPL when Chennai Super Kings signed him for $1.55 million ahead of the second season, has been left out too. Flintoff had retired from professional cricket last September. Also missing from the 2011 pool is the retired Australian pair of Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, who played in the previous editions of the IPL after ending their careers.

Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan, who featured significantly for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai in the first three seasons, find themselves in the $300,000 bracket. Zaheer Khan and Yusuf Pathan are the big Indian names in that list, which also includes Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Kumar Sangakkara, and Angelo Mathews.

Sourav Ganguly, who was Kolkata Knight Riders' 'icon' in the first three seasons, has been relegated to the third band of players whose base price is $200,000. Gautam Gambhir, who led Delhi in 2010, and the Australian pair of Michael Hussey and Doug Bollinger, who played crucial roles in Chennai's victorious IPL and Champions League campaigns in 2010, are also in that bracket, along with Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa and Sanath Jayasuriya. Eighty-seven players are at the next level - a base price of $100,000 - the biggest names being Tamim Iqbal, R Ashwin, Morne Morkel and Ben Hilfenhaus.

Previous IPL auctions have shown that base prices are not indicative of the final amount for which the franchise will buy the player. For example, at the first auction in 2008, Ishant Sharma was listed at $150,000 but was bought by Kolkata at $950,000, while Hayden was listed at $250,000 and was bought by Chennai at $375,000. "With the requirement of each franchise minimal, virtually more than half of these players in the auction list will not attract any attention," an IPL official said.

Only 12 players were retained by their teams ahead of the auction, with three of the eight existing franchises - Punjab, Deccan Chargers and Kolkata - choosing to release all their players into the auction pool. As a result, those three franchises will have the entire complement of $9 million at their disposal for the auction, while the other teams will begin the auctions with purses reduced in accordance to the number of players they retained. Chennai and Mumbai, who retained the maximum allowed four players each, will go into the auction with only $4.5 million to spend.

The season is set to go ahead with 10 teams and 74 matches as originally planned, since the BCCI is not likely to move the Supreme Court after it lost High Court appeals against the stay orders granted to the termination of Punjab and Rajasthan. The auction plan sets at rest speculation that the auction would be delayed by the various court cases the IPL is currently fighting.

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  • Cold_Drink on December 26, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    @Rezaul, No matter how good allrounder is Shakib and (@Shafi) how good a batsman is Tamim they will not be on upper category because they are from Bangladesh. In stead of that everybody can see that average players like Broad, Luke Wright, Yardy, Marsh in top category because they are from England and Australia.

  • kickapakibutt on December 26, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    No porkis please! They don't deserve Indian money

  • on December 26, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Tamim is fearless batsman. So I am sure he will be a huge asset for any team. lets who is going to buy him. I think his base price should have been at least 200.000.

  • on December 25, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Any Afghan Players in the list of 416 player for IPL Auction??

  • Chetan007 on December 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Sourav Ganguly. He played the 2 seasons of ipl brilliantly but still the franchises were not showing great interest in him. The problem with KKR is that they don't have the good Indian players their side like mumbai, chennai or delhi. If you have good local talent you will surely going to win at all.SRK had about 50 players in the 1st ipl but most of them were not suited or not given the chance. Their team managers were not that good enough. I can suggest one thing to KKR to have good local talent. Saha, Akash Chopra, Laxmi Ratan Sukla and few more were most likely to be a test player than a t20 player.They just need to have foreign players like Shane Watson. David Hussey is a good player. He must be again picked by them to have good results.Only buying players will not let u win the matches, buying quality player will surely win the trophy. The presence of SRK is also hampering the team preparation.He should not be their with the team while preparation.

  • on December 23, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    no one will buy lara or dravid or ganguly

  • on December 23, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Eoin Morgan should be in the top bracket as he is by far the best 2020 batsman out. Far superior than Luke Wright who shouldn't be in the top bracket.

  • Rezaul on December 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Some of English supporters are arguing for Broads 400,000 category. Lets see the comparison with Shakib who was kept at 200,000 category. In any format Shakib has better average, better economy than Broad. In fact in ODI and T20 broad is only a bowler where Shakib is top performer both at bat and bowl. I have put the statistics for cricinfo readers tocompare both of their performance. Still if anybody argues that Broad deserves to be there then I feel sorry for them as they fails to understand simple records!

    Test Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 34 1096 27.40 99 35.24 3.12 Shakib 21 1179 31.02 75 32.13 2.84 ODI Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 73 372 12.82 124 25.7 5.15 Shakib 102 2834 34.98 129 28.8 4.25 T20 Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 29 36 6.00 35 21.57 7.41 Shakib 14 207 14.78 17 19.29 6.69

  • stevejohnson1010 on December 23, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Why not Nathan Astle and Chris Cairns, we are missing out on two great T20 players. Even Lance Klusener would not be a bad choice for IPL.

  • Procter on December 23, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    The most surprising international name missing from the auction list is England's wk batsman Craig Kieswetter, the last T20 WC Final's MOM! Looks like he missed the boat on filing his auction papers in time because I can't imagine he would take concious decision like Johnson or Clarke to give IPL the miss!!

  • Cold_Drink on December 26, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    @Rezaul, No matter how good allrounder is Shakib and (@Shafi) how good a batsman is Tamim they will not be on upper category because they are from Bangladesh. In stead of that everybody can see that average players like Broad, Luke Wright, Yardy, Marsh in top category because they are from England and Australia.

  • kickapakibutt on December 26, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    No porkis please! They don't deserve Indian money

  • on December 26, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Tamim is fearless batsman. So I am sure he will be a huge asset for any team. lets who is going to buy him. I think his base price should have been at least 200.000.

  • on December 25, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Any Afghan Players in the list of 416 player for IPL Auction??

  • Chetan007 on December 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Sourav Ganguly. He played the 2 seasons of ipl brilliantly but still the franchises were not showing great interest in him. The problem with KKR is that they don't have the good Indian players their side like mumbai, chennai or delhi. If you have good local talent you will surely going to win at all.SRK had about 50 players in the 1st ipl but most of them were not suited or not given the chance. Their team managers were not that good enough. I can suggest one thing to KKR to have good local talent. Saha, Akash Chopra, Laxmi Ratan Sukla and few more were most likely to be a test player than a t20 player.They just need to have foreign players like Shane Watson. David Hussey is a good player. He must be again picked by them to have good results.Only buying players will not let u win the matches, buying quality player will surely win the trophy. The presence of SRK is also hampering the team preparation.He should not be their with the team while preparation.

  • on December 23, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    no one will buy lara or dravid or ganguly

  • on December 23, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Eoin Morgan should be in the top bracket as he is by far the best 2020 batsman out. Far superior than Luke Wright who shouldn't be in the top bracket.

  • Rezaul on December 23, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Some of English supporters are arguing for Broads 400,000 category. Lets see the comparison with Shakib who was kept at 200,000 category. In any format Shakib has better average, better economy than Broad. In fact in ODI and T20 broad is only a bowler where Shakib is top performer both at bat and bowl. I have put the statistics for cricinfo readers tocompare both of their performance. Still if anybody argues that Broad deserves to be there then I feel sorry for them as they fails to understand simple records!

    Test Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 34 1096 27.40 99 35.24 3.12 Shakib 21 1179 31.02 75 32.13 2.84 ODI Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 73 372 12.82 124 25.7 5.15 Shakib 102 2834 34.98 129 28.8 4.25 T20 Runs Avg Wkt Avg Econ Broad 29 36 6.00 35 21.57 7.41 Shakib 14 207 14.78 17 19.29 6.69

  • stevejohnson1010 on December 23, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Why not Nathan Astle and Chris Cairns, we are missing out on two great T20 players. Even Lance Klusener would not be a bad choice for IPL.

  • Procter on December 23, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    The most surprising international name missing from the auction list is England's wk batsman Craig Kieswetter, the last T20 WC Final's MOM! Looks like he missed the boat on filing his auction papers in time because I can't imagine he would take concious decision like Johnson or Clarke to give IPL the miss!!

  • sweetspot on December 23, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    It's not a good thing for less than the best players to be in the top bracket. It means they won't get picked! By now the franchises will be smart about getting the most value for their money, and please, can we really see someone picking Yardy ahead of Murali or Kallis? No matter what their averages and exploits in other forms of cricket may be, this is franchise cricket and if you've been invisible on this platform, you're a gamble for your franchise. It would be unfair to remind anyone of the whacking Yuvraj gave Stuart Broad in the World T20, but no matter what you can put forth, it would be hard to convince anyone that Yardy deserves more of a reserve price than Kallis,Santa, Symonds, and Angelo Mathews!

  • Trickstar on December 23, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    Hilfenhaus hardly plays one day cricket, hasn't played a T20i in nearly 2 years and a ODi in over a year, apart form that he's a poor one day bowler.

  • Trickstar on December 23, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Some of the comments here, are at the least, very ill informed and at the most parochial clap trap, I agree Yardy and Wright shouldn't be as expensive as they are, but to suggest Broad and Anderson shouldn't be where they are is lacking a knowledge of the game. Broad has easily been one of the stand out one day bowler in the past 2 years, he averages 18 at t20 international and 24 in ODi and is ranked in the top 10 one day bowlers in the world, anyone that says different can't have watched him bowl and must be thinking he was the same bowler he was in 2007.

  • Trickstar on December 23, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    I don't know why people are saying Broad shouldn't be where he is, he has easily been one of the best one day bowlers the last 18 months, let alone one of the best T20 bowlers and was Englands' best fast bowler in the T20 WC ,out bowling the likes of Steyn and Johnson etc. In all the series England play he is there best one day fast bowler and has been for some time, he is ten times the bowler that he was at 20 in 2007 when Yuravj hit hm for all those runs.Broad averages in the last 2 years 18 with the ball in T20 and 24 in ODi, apart from that he's a decent batsman who can hit the ball along way, not many opening bowlers who can do that.

  • on December 23, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    do you think the teams would pick dravid or ganguly

  • CricketChat on December 22, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Lara's price is purely based on marketability. He hasn't done anything of note in cricket past his official retirement. Dravid, Vettori, Ross Taylor do not deserve to be in $400K price range as they haven't done that well last IPL season. Hope IPL gives that kind of money to more deserving players.

  • on December 22, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Happy so see in Action Brian Lara after long time

  • Jeanukka on December 22, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    look like murali going to miss chennai, i am very sad for that.

  • cabinet96 on December 22, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    gilbert84 "mediocre players like Broad and Yardy" I suppose all the players they beat in the world T20 are mediocre as well. Kumar Sangakkara couldn't get Yardy off the square in the Semi Final, i guess he's worse than mediocre then.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/23523.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=economy_rate;template=results;type=bowling

    Do your research before making stupid comments.

  • cabinet96 on December 22, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    I think there could be some really good buys here it the owner can see past the shirt sales and think about performances. They need to stop buying uselessness in the likes of Yuvraj and by the likes of Yardy and Morgan.

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    ya AB DEVILLIERS may l be the most expensive player in this ipl...... CSK should hav retained only two excluding vijay and morkel.....

  • Procter on December 22, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Biggest steals in IPL 4 will be Ambati Raydu who can bat agressively and keep wickets and Manish Pandey who is the first Indian to score a century in IPL. Manish will get only Rs 20 lacs (less than $45k) fixed salary as he is uncapped and hence not in auction and having played Ranji only after '97. Raydu will get Rs 30 lacs ceiling for Indian uncapped player having played Ranji before '97. Very unfair of BCCI that such talented Indian players' pay is controlled while ordinary Indian cappers like Dhawan, Tiwari, Mithun, Ashwin, Tyagi, Yadav, Nayar et al will get big dollars as they are capped and hence in auction alongwith all uncapped foreign players. Seems like BCCI mandarins have come from the era of 70s and 80s when Govt had salary ceilings on Directors!!

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Why Rayudu aint in the list??

  • on December 22, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    What are Gilchrist, Kumble and Lara doing here, after having retired from International Cricket. Once they retire, they can be taken only once or twice in IPL, and not more times. (e.g. Flintoff and Bond can play this time if they please, but not next time). Same goes with Shane Warne as well.

  • PrinceA on December 22, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    I think AB Devilliers should be the highest paid this time considering the form he is in.

  • RR77 on December 22, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    just check the complete list of the IPL auction. where on earth is DALE STEYN?? as far as my knowledge goes he hasnt been retained by RCB.. read the list twice. couldnt find his name at all

  • Chaltis on December 22, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Feeling sorry for Dravid and other mis-matched 20-20 players who placed at the top ceiling. i don't think they would proceed any further than their base line. Buying Lara with the highest price would be similar to buying fosils of Egyptian Farao which would be of no use on cricket the ground. Those who are intelligent will fight for Sakib, Tamim and Yousuf Pathan. In my judgment Sakib is the best among the alls as one cann't say him batting or balling allrounder. He is a genuine allrounder and can be used as an inteligent captain.

  • senganal on December 22, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Sachin and Bradman are regarded as all time great cricketers but to be pratical they are great batsman.. The one man still being better than all but ignored is the South African Fame the most gifted player of all time Jacques Kallis, he has scored more than 10000 runs in both formates of the game, he has taken more than 250 wickets in both formates of the game and has taken more than 100 catches in both formats.. perhapes we cannot find such a lovely cricketer like him with sush amaizing milstones and records.. He is the true legend of cricket.. He is the real hero.. I think being a cricket fan its time for us to salute this man for all the acheivements he is making without being noticed to the world..

  • vickyrocky on December 22, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    KKR will miss the services od Souravda Its a big mistake by KKR to release him. I feel they might probably buy back him in the auction. But it wuld be agreat fun to have Sachin, sourav, lara playin for one team.

  • hasib9 on December 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    @carjunan I'm not going to say that no one performed better than Shakib in any form of cricket in 2010 calendar year, but I can tell you that if you were to name top 5 performers of 2010, Shakib is one of them. #1 ODI allrounder in the world for 3 years in a row now mate, gotta respect that, even if IPL doesn't know how to.

  • on December 22, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    cricket needs IPL and T20. If we want to compete with other games like football and baseball players should earn more and timespan of the game should be shorter.

  • Procter on December 22, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Before all get excited about who's placed in wha tprice bracket, remember two things. 1) its the players themselves and not BCCI who decide what base auction bracket they should fall in. If a player (eg Yardy ) thinks he is worth no less than $400K but the franchises think otherwise then he will remain unsold. Seems like Dravid and Kumble feel its below their dignity to play IPL if they are priced less than $400K. Sangakara,Kallis etc don't want to take chance to remain unsold and therefore picked $300K bracket 2) Base auction price has nothing to do with what final auction price player will sell at. Watch Yusuf become the highest auctioned player ever in the IPL history surpassing $2mil price.

  • on December 22, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    lara and tendehar batting together would have been awesome but lara hasnt played any cricket for 4 yrs!

  • nzcricket174 on December 22, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Stuart Broad got smashed for 6 sixes in 2007 and he is in the highest price bracket. Eion Morgan is worth more than any of those other English players. Tamim Iqbal and Dirk Nannes are nowhere to be seen on the high prices? Hussey is so cheap? Dale Steyn is the world's no.1 bowler yet he is not ranked at the highest tier? On what basis are these prices judged? This is utter rubbish and obviously just a plan to increase revenue for the BCCI. Why buy Broad at 400k when you can get Hilfy for 100k? Why buy someone as awful as Luke Wright or Michael Yardy when you can get Shakib cheap? Utterly stupid whoever decided on these prices.

  • hunnysharma on December 22, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly has always been criticized and only BCCI knows y...........he was dropped from the team in 1992 and he made one of the strongest comebacks ever at Lord's...then he was dropped again in 2004 and he made another comeback in 2006.....everyone knows how rich he is....he doesnt play for money but he plays for passion..........he was the third highest run getter in IPL 3 and again he will have to prove himself......Some people are born to prove others wrong.....i am a big fan of his mental strength .....which now is lacking in few players in the team.......carry on DADA

  • Meety on December 22, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    The IPL should be re-named IRL - Intenational Retirement League. Lara top paid??? 4 yrs ago maybe. Dravid top paid in T20? Great batsmen he is/was but in T20s. He is probably a pro-slip fielder or something. How Afridi is not in there is pretty weak too!

  • kiholo on December 22, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    I wish Sakib and Tamim will be bought be Knight Riders.

  • bbumbum on December 22, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Dravid in highest price band for T20?? Dravid is so old, he shouldnt even be playing test cricket ! If someone pays same price for Dravid as any of the other guys, thats poor business !!

  • bdk_ on December 22, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Where is SACHIN TENDULKAR??

  • on December 22, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    @Ricardo Fraser, I doubt Mumbai has any kind of money left to buy any superstar. They might try for Lara, but it will tough. Sahara will be one of the contenders for sure.

  • on December 22, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    It is really sad that Shakib is not considered, inspite of the fact that he is THE best ODI allrounder for more than two years now. Auction-setters should realize that it is not the family/relatives of Shakib who rate ODI allrounders; the ratings are purely performance-based and its so puzzling that someone of the calibre of Daniel Vettori/Stuart Board find places in top bracket and not super-effective players like Shakib, who is wayyy better than Vettori/Board, as an allrounder.

  • blue_cric_freek on December 21, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Can someone tell me why Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev didn't make it to the top bracket?? They have only retired from international cricket..

  • Scgboy on December 21, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    I guess full time( or mostly full time) retirement , beckons for hhayden , Mcgrath and a few of the others.

  • on December 21, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    who is probably the perfect all rounder today?!!!! kallis- batsman vettori- bowler gayle- batsman Y pathan- batsman afridi- bowler

    WATSON-?? SAKIB AL HASAN-?? between the bottom to sakib is probably better.. y is he still out of the lime lite?!! just because he is a player of bangladesh!!!!!!

    funny

  • crikkfan on December 21, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    typos - bravo is one of 4 players retained by mumbai - he is not in the open pool. stormy16 - u havent been following the politics i guess - leaving out pak players has nothing to do with cricket.

  • IrfanRocks on December 21, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    How yousuf pathan is cheaper then dravid, Lara, yardy???

  • scotty12354 on December 21, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    saw luke wright play for wellington against northern districts in hamilton (nz) last night, he looked pretty average. jesse ryder tho deffinetly back from his injury.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    I believe Shakib should be in the $200,000 bracket anyday. I'll be a great shame not to have one the finest all rounders of the world playing in the tournament.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    What a list. You have Dravid, Yardy, Luke wright in Top and Sanga,Khalis, Murali etc in 2nd best.

  • Tarzansree on December 21, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    where can i get the entire list of 416 players. i want to see every one's bracket.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I think Mumbai will buy Lara ... it will be exciting to watch he and Sachin bat together. Imagine the commercial interests that will bring

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    RCB will definately miss the service of Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. RCB fans want both of them in the bangalore team.

  • Usman.A.Khan on December 21, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    man u have got to be kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where's pollard and bravo and and at least u can give Mohammed Aamer and Abdul Razzaq a chance

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    is zim players in auction ? and is Brendon Taylor in auction

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    tamim iqbal will be one of the icon in this edition of IPL. But shakib can made it too as his base price is $200,000...

  • givemefood on December 21, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    This is a categorically ridiculous way of putting players under the auction hammer. Why won't they just start everyone at the same base price? For example, no business-minded franchise would be willing to get Lara, Yardy, Dravid, etc. starting at $400K. Why would they? Yusuf is in the $300k list... and he'll go for a stupendous amount. Ganguly would be lucky if he gets even 1 bid. It's smart of Ricky and his side-kick Clarke to not opt in knowing no one will pick them up from the pool. Ridiculous auction approach but IPL will be entertaining nevertheless.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 21, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Lara, Broad, Yardy & Wright are in the top bracket? I'm sorry Lara is a legend but he hasn't played cricket for 4 years and has aged considerably. As for Broad, Yardy, Wright it's a joke. I'd rather have Eoin Morgan in the top bracket. Swann and Anderson are quality bowlers so it's understandable. Guess KKR will end up buying Lara... Top bracket players should've been - Marsh, Warner, Lee (AUS), Morgan, KP, Swann (ENG), Kumble, Yusuf (IND), McCallum, Vettori, Taylor (NZ), Smith, AB, Kallis, Morne, Steyn (SA), Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Murali (SL), Gayle (WI).

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    For Bangladeshi fans Shakib al Hasan is in 200,000 $ and Tamim Iqbal in 100,000 $ bracket.But they can fetch a big price more than the likes of Broad or Yardy if the franchises are willing to pay them.As for Indian media reports PCB hasn't forwarded the names of the Pakistani players for the auction.So there is a bit of confusion and Pakistani media should let you know whether it is the case with the PCB?I think BCCI is repaying the ECB for inventing the T-20 version by having the likes of Yardy,Anderson,Broad in the top bracket.LOL!

  • amanroy on December 21, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    @Tariqul Islam..Tamim Iqbal is included mate! I also wanna see him. He's a great player. Good to see some England bowlers and Bangladeshi batsman.

  • Nyt_Rider on December 21, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    WAT WILL IPL KOCHI GO FOR......R THEY STILL FIGHTING.....?

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on December 21, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    i am interested to see the price of sourav, dravid & laxman. unhappy to see no mashrafe in the list. from bangladesh not only tamim but shakib, mashrafe & even aftab ahmed & alok kapali should have been there in the list. remember shaun marsh scored the highest run in IPL 2 getting only US$20,000. alok & aftab have also the ability to do that. i hope some team will take the gamble of playing alok & aftab.

  • Rajgiri_Srinivasan on December 21, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Some ppl may say that sourav is retired and he may not be fit but again its T20 and even Rahul is not playing T20s... and to that Anil kumble who is also retired gets a place in the top bracket...

  • Rajgiri_Srinivasan on December 21, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly in third bracket and Rahul Dravid in top bracket for a T20 competition... Oh my god... wat can i do wid these bunch of jokers... I think no one wil disagree to the fact that sourav is a better player than rahul in T20s... He can bowl and he can lead a side effectively... And the crowd that he brings in can't be overlooked while valuing a player... I want him to be picked for Pune and see him playing a match against KKR in eden gardens... No prize for guessing whom the crowd wil support... Tatz wat Sourav can do.. And this is really ridiculous...

  • CricketPissek on December 21, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    calm down guys. geez. these are just minimum benchmarks. some of them wont be even selected, others will get MUCH more than their 'price' here. unfair dissing of the england players too. they're the World T20 champs but most importantly, they are MARKETABLE. of course poster boys like broad and anderson will command more money than a solid player but boring character like kallis, mahela, or sakib al hassan. dont confuse the IPL auction with the Oscars or Grammies

  • monisht on December 21, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    What about Steyn, Zaheer?

  • CricketPissek on December 21, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    surprised not to see pollard or bravo. maybe because they haven't signed the WICB contract, the IPL is a bit worried? Especially pollard and his slogging seem ideal for this version of the game

  • on December 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Only a fool would buy Dravid for $400,000!

  • HARRY55 on December 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Only GOD knows on wat basis the players r picked......someone lyk sourav ganguly,,who surely does not hav gud relations wid bcci,,,has been put in $200,000 USD price list.... Some notable omissions from the high price lists include some very talented south africans lyk kallis,steyn n devilliers.... NOT to mention those who hav been given very high base prices instead of some very,very talented ones.....

  • Cricket_4_Blood on December 21, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    NO PAKISTAN PLAYERS & FEW GOOD AUSSIE PLAYERS LIKE PUNTER & MITCHI SIMPLY EMPHASIZES THAT IPL IS A SERIES WITH LESS TALENTS.

  • on December 21, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Dravid in the top bracket but no Kallis Yardy in the top bracket but no Michael Clarke or Yusuf Pathan Luke Wright in top bracket but no Andrew Flintoff or Andrew Symonds Shaun Marsh in the top bracket but no Gautam Gambhir Stuart Broad in the top bracket but no Zaheer Khan or Mitchel Johnson or Dirk Nannes Gilchrist (three years into retirement) in the top bracket but no Kumar Sangakarra WCT20 winners Broad, Anderson, Wright, Yardy in the top bracket, but no Collingwood Gotta say ...... who makes these lists ??

  • on December 21, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    naaiiiicceeee.....but wud have luvd to c freddie flintoff in the mix...it's a pity that the big man ain't playing...!

  • on December 21, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Hail the return of the King (Brian Charles Lara). HIS STROKEMAKING ABILITY IS BEYOND GENIUS. The most attractive stroke maker ever.

  • on December 21, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    I think no one will pick Dravid & Ganguly!! Base price too much for them. They should be in the $100,000 list.

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    bcci can u answer sourav ganguly on of the best player in the world.who score 493 runs in ipl 3(among top 5 of highest runs getter of ipl3) in low bracket why????

  • on December 21, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    i also believe that these 'IPL is killing cricket' is nonsense. its making cricket exciting, and its not doing anything against test cricket. we're still seeing plenty of great test cricket being played around the world. and in addition u have the fun n exciting T20 that IPL brings. talking about this top bracket for IPL, i think several players included are not worthy. its easier to pick the ones who actually deserve this top bracket: gayle, mahela, dilshan and AB. n maybe jimmy anderson. the rest? cmon. i have a lot of respect for brian lara of course, but the guy's not played top cricket in years.

  • typos on December 21, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    One 'big' name missing is Dwayne Bravo. The last time he rolled in under the radar for Mumbai. Are they going to pay an undisclosed sum for him again?

  • Bravowindies on December 21, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Cricket must be protected as many players are opting for money and fame rather than playing for their nation. Cricket has just gone towards money making business only and not realizing its consequences. Players are trying hard to get into big names of ipl and get popular which is temporary. We saw in the first edition that franchises payed soo much for buying players who had reputation at that time but now they are not even in the 300,000 dollars bracket. Wow! These franchises are just trying to attract big players by giving them money and when things are not working they kick them out. Its not what cricket is all about. Its about passion and for the love of it which is unfortunately lacking now and it will only get worse.

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    How could IPL mgmt push Sourav Ganguly to the 3rd bracket? He is the only batsman would performed well. Can you pick up any one player in the top bracket list who over shadowed Sourav's performance- apart from Anil Kumble in some instances? This is a National Shame!! and Not honoring a Great Player who actually "Saved" Indian Cricket!

  • HongKongSam on December 21, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Among "The Highest Price Band" list here are the players most probably going to disappoint you the most - Brett Lee, Brian Lara, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Stuart Broad - Please mark my word. Anyway IPL is killing cricket and it is what we called " Cheap Instead Noodles". Enjoy The Ashes & Ind vs S.A. tour

  • mitgop11 on December 21, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    What is te point in haveing a 'base' price in an open auction ? The franchisees would pay whatever is the best amount for the players. All players should start with $1 base price. That atleast gives Ganguly a chance to play...

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Dravid in Twenty20 and in the highest price list of IPL auctions. What a joke.

  • on December 21, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan will be most prolific choice.

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Michael Yardy in the top bracket? No one is going to buy him for $400,000. Consider the following stats: ODI batting average: 17.00 ODI bowling average: 43.92 T20I batting avg: 48.00 (grossly inflated because he has only been out twice in 7 inns) T20I bowling avg: 36.00 Compare this with someone like R Ashwin who is valued at $300,000 less than Yardy: ODI batting avg: 19.00 ODI bowling avg: 23.21 T20I batting avg: has not batted in T20I T201 bowling avg: 35.00 Plus he was the man of the series in the Champions League. The prices are horrific - they are implying things like Luke Wright being 4 times as good as Morne Morkel???!!!!! Stuart Broad being 4 times as good as Ben Hilfenhaus???!!!! I really don't know what to say to this muddleheaded thinking

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 21, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    I am surprised that Hayden, who played every game in all 3 seasons of the IPL, and did fairly well, is not listed at all. I am also surprised that Adam Gilchrist, who retired from all competitive cricket bar IPL 3 years ago, is listed in the top bracket, as this suggests that he should still be playing for his country.

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    why no Bangladeshi players are not on list , its crazy........ Shakib and tamim also Razzak are better then any other players

  • on December 21, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @ biscuit2009: Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Zaheer Khan and Angelo Mathews nice choice for Deccan.Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan,Angelo Mathews are three best lower middle order batsman in the world....

  • stormy16 on December 21, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Whats the deal with the missing Pakistan players? Surely there are some great players from Pakistan who will fit in well. I only recall Shoab Akthar and Sohail Tanvier - someone please explain.

  • jcassie on December 21, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Brian Lara, the prince of Port of Spain. I can predict that he'll attract new found interest in the lucrative IPL tournament just for his namesake. After all, he is the most attractive stroke maker I have ever seen and the only batsman that could have carried the whole batting mantle on his shoulders. I hope he performs to everyone expectations and shuts up his critics!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    I never like leagues in any sports, for me matches between countries matter, that's just me :)

  • on December 21, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    What a sad list of players in $400,000 bracket. Specially Kumble, Dravid,Broad, Yardey, Smith....

  • Runster1 on December 21, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    @ARNAVSINGH Thats y baseball is so goddamn boring (besides the game itself) cos there are way toooo many games. 14 games is great.

  • on December 21, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Eoin Morgan is a steal at that money, Probably the main reason why England are a better T20 side these days. He knows how to get the job done

  • v_singh on December 21, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Lara with $400000 base price !! I do not think anyone in his right mind would pick up Lara... Lara has not played competitive cricket for 4 years and did not even play ICL where he had committed for monetary reasons !! I do not think he deserves a chance as a player (even in auction pool) at the IPL...

  • shadeen on December 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    @rezaul-shakib al hasan is in the base price of $200000, Tamim Iqbal has a base price of $100000 and md. ashraful has a base price of $50000...t.iqbal is going 2 b a great catch if franchises get him at $100k....he averages around 60 in tests from 7 matches this year(no tests played against zimbabwe)....has 2 consecutive 100s vs england in england ( overall 3 100s & 7 50s in the year...i guess)...and onle virender sehwag has a higher strike rate then him in tests this year...about shakib al hahan...what 2 say.... he is the no.1 allrounder for 3 years!!! highest odi wicket taker this year...and has almost 1000 runs in the calendar year

  • on December 21, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Well Come LARA you are great . . . .we had been missing your stroke play your really are a treat to watch . . . .

  • consciousspace on December 21, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    i am really surprised why Dale Steyn is left out

  • anver777 on December 21, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Heyden should be there !!!!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    punjab should get gilchrist or lara

  • AchyuthaHebbar on December 21, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Michael yardy and broad in $400,000 bracket and kallis and murali in $300,000 bracket!!! Great!!!

  • wala.ferry on December 21, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    where is TAMIM IQBAL? this list is the biggest joke to me.... haven't laughed so much in recent year!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    imagine sachin, lara, yuvi, sanga, malinga, yusuf, swann, bhajji zaheer in one team.....

  • JS82 on December 21, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    It bemuses me that Shakib Al Hassan is not in the IPL auction. He deserves an IPL contract. His performance over last few years has been superb.

  • muno2010 on December 21, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Where is Pakistani player? why they are not in the selection list? without them no fun?

  • fadms on December 21, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    IPL is interesting. That is the only time i support Indian players...

  • on December 21, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    CSK should try to pick, R.Ashwin at any cost...His 100k tag is really hurting CSK fans...If CSK picks Eoin Morgan, Ross Taylor, Smith, Bolliger I would be very glad...In the local talent, I would like to see Y.Pathan, Manish Pandey, Badrinath, Dinesh Karthik to be CSK...Yuvi and Gauti would be good but their price tag will be higher hence, it will be difficult to have them in team with the available budget. CSK MGMT SHOULD ENSURE NO LANKANS IN TEAM...ELSE YOU WILL LOOSE A LOT OF LOCAL SUPPORT...BEWARE.

  • Reyad2009 on December 21, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Sakib al hasan for $100,00 base price? Being #1 allrounder in one dayer in 2010 and as #6 bowler in this year's top ten list. What a joke! IPL should look in to the merit of the player not from where he is coming from!

  • worstcasegemini on December 21, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Whoever buys Lara for $400,000 will be the loser of IPL4 :-)

  • Asif_Iqbal on December 21, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Bad luck Pakistan, If world not give chance for Pakistani players to make some money legally then they have right to chose spot fixing to make some money. Pakistani players and domestics teams continuously ignore in IPL and CL and also there is no international cricket in Pakistan, so if all doors are closed then there is no harm to try spot fixing window but with proper planning.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on December 21, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    @wiseshah : yeah dude u are absolutely correct. But i think best all da 10 should be from Bangladesh.1.sakib 2.tamim 3.ashraful 4.siddique 5.rahim 6.masrafe ....etc Don't do comments like these.I can say 50 players from the world better than these Bangaldeshi guys.Rankings are not always true.sakib is not a world's great player.u can't mention his name in the top 20 even.

  • on December 21, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Best ODI allrounder for 2 years in a row including highest wicket taker this year with 46 wickets, it would be a real crime if Sakib gets anything less than USD 500K. Well, first, he gotta be picked. After all, he is from Bangladesh !!

  • on December 21, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    where can i find 416 players full list?

  • on December 21, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    We miss Lara's Caribbean Style Batting.Welcome back lara. It will more exciting if Lara play against shane warne.

  • Hagi on December 21, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    I hope there is Afghanistan player as well in these lists...there are some great players who can be part of some glorious moments in the tournament....HAMID HASSAD, MOHAMMAD SHEHZAD, MOHAMMAD NABI, SAMIULLAH SHENWARI, ASGHAR ISTANIKZAI MANY MORE...

  • Alexk400 on December 21, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Horrible brackets. It almost seems like they need lara in some team as senior player. Even in IPL why Ganapthi vignesh not getting chance. If fringe players not getting the chance means what is the use of damn IPL?. BAN it.

  • Rahul_78 on December 21, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Michael clarkes claims of focusing on OZ cricket and country before club was a sham as disclosed by hayden. He demanded a high amount of money (Base prize) and was laughed at by lalit modi. Since then he has been kept / staying away from IPL loot.

  • on December 21, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Whats the point in Reshuffling these teams every 2-3 years? makes no sense..kills your fan base!

  • on December 21, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Ashwin for 100,000 dollars??What utter nonsense?!Same goes for Bollinger! Why is he any less worthy a player in the IPL as compared to say Yuvraj or RD? NO offense but i say he's been way more valuable to his team than these two have ever been in the IPL.

  • ns_krishnan on December 21, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    How is Kumble still playing ? He is KSCA president . How can you be both player and administrator ?

  • on December 21, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    i cant believe tht a player of gautam gambhir's caliber who was the highest run getter in 1st edition of IPL for most part of the tournament has such a low base price!

  • on December 21, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    This high bid will give difficult times to some current England players to find contract, including Luck Write, Micheal Yady, James Anderson (not even in Engaln 20-20), Stuart Broad. Some of the players like Zak,Murali, Sanga, Kallis and Patttan should definitely be in the top bracket instead of Dan, Mrash, etc. The Logic of categorization is not clear but only guessing is that the equal number of players from all IPL teams are allocated to different brackets and new players price determined by un-known basis.

  • Devil007 on December 21, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    guys.. though these bands r grossly inappropriate..they r just base prices.. franchise owners know well who deserve wat prices!! wid players like broad,yardy at 4,00,000.,they'll hardly get picked.. but proven performers like ashwin n gauti will get big bids!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Is there any way to stop this non-sense... ? Agreed IPL has given so many talents lik raina, pathan, vijay etc... But the same talents can also be nurtured by investing in local tournaments lik Ranji Trophy and enhancing local facilities to adapt pace and bouncy tracks... Not even a single world class bowler.. At least for BCCI sake, India should lose in SA.. Money minded.... Only in India you can find Billions of money transaction happening in one day and other side, millions of people live with out home...

  • on December 21, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    IPL, meh... Would rather watch grass grow.

  • KannanSR on December 21, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    IPL! It's the Real Killer of Sports not to mention Cricket.The way we are tagging Players with Price.It's a total shame of true sportsman spirit.Who is going to watch Cricket when the IPL is being played,what shot is being played,whether it's a Doosra or a Carrom Ball,everybody will have at the back of their mind - the money being spent on that particular batsman or bowler.OK once we digest that Cricket has become a businessman's tool - Please clarify HOW COME YUVRAJ SINGH has been put up under 400K base price - IS IT REALLY FOR CRICKET or IS IT FOR ATTRACTING FANS as he has Bollywood connection.KUDOS to Modi for having brought Cricket to this level.

  • on December 21, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    LARA n GAYLE r d BESTEST in d ELITE PANEL....

  • kingcobra85 on December 21, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    why is Stuart board and other english players even in the auction? They were saying all sorts of this during previous IPL seasons? COUNTRY COMES FIRST!

    http://cricket.yahoo.com/cricket/news/article?id=item/2.0/-/story/cricket.ani.com/-cameron-white-shield-final-more-important-than-ipl-20100316/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/8412358.stm

  • jonesy2 on December 21, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    hahahahahahahahaa why are poms like broad and anderson even in consideration they would hurt the team that gets them. what a joke

  • DS12 on December 21, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    This selection is a joke really

  • jimbond on December 21, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    I was under the impression that it may be better to be having a lower base price, and being bid for, rather than having a high base price and have no takers. I suspect, the likes of Mahela (and even Dravid or Kumble- though they may be worth much more to Bangalore) may have no takers at 400K. Lara is obviously a universal brand- but still may struggle to be sold. Zaheer, Yusuf Pathan, Angelo Mathews, Bollinger, Nannes- may get far more than their base value, while Murali may struggle at 300K.

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Highest reserve price $400,000. Where is "Kieron pollard"??

  • hasib9 on December 21, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    IPL just cares about big names (to attract audience), not necessarily players in form. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh could be one of the most reliable T20 players in the world at the moment, with his bowling, batting, and fielding. If they don't purchase him, Bangladeshis, myself included, are not going to watch IPL. It's boring to us without our players in it.

  • Samar_Singh on December 21, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    All nonsense. remove the auction limit and let cricket survive with better charm.. Lara in 400k pool and Yusuf, develliers,uttapa not .. funny ... what are the requirements to be in different pool or it is just what comes from some IPL management body... Let the franchisee spent without limit, let the free competition and auction go...

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    INDIAN PLAYERS PRICE LIST WAS PUBLISHED TWO WEEK BEFORE WITH SOME PRICE MONEY. TODAY ALSO PUBLISH ONE MORE LIST INCLUDING INDIAN PLAYERS. I DONT UNDERSTAND????????

  • Rezaul on December 21, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    I dont understand, how come Luke Wright, Michael Yardy can be in 400,000 base group and Murali, Zaheer, Yusuf Pathan are on 300,000 group. Both Luke Wright and Michael Yardy should be fit on 100,000 group. What you say?

  • jupiterlaw on December 21, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @MYXINC Lara has drawing power. Please understand that the IPL is first and foremost about making money. Standards and legacy are subordinate concerns. So yes, Lara has been out for 4 years but he has the attraction necessary to bring people through the turnstiles and also to get viewers in front of their TV sets worldwide. The team that gets Lara may not win the championship but its owner will be laughing all the way to the bank. Evidently you missed the point. But if you are obsessed with standards and form, go over to test cricket where players' salaries take a back seat and only a few want attend.

  • Sachit1979 on December 21, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    What a funny thing, Anderson, Swann and Broad are in first bracket and stalwarts like Hussey, Morkel and Morgan are in third bracket.

  • heat-seeker on December 21, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    So IPL riches have Lara lusting too! Coming out of retirement is a risk, although it is only T20. He'll get eyeballs for sure (including mine)...wonder about the runs!

  • aslampgd on December 21, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    No Pakistani players has been included so a baised decision of IPL no Shahid Afridi the biggest name of T20 game? All this game is futile

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    Would have loved to see Ponting play IPL in India.We would like to see him perform again in 20-20 after his premature retirement.Just imagine Sachin and Ricky in one team!

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Zaheer Khan,Yusuf Pathan,Gambhir,Ashwin,Sangakkara in lower bracket than Yardy,Wright,Broad,Anderson,what a joke IPL Authoroties r they r jokers Pathan & Ashwin were stars of IPL

  • hashabjp on December 21, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    GRAEME SMITH,AB DEVILLIERS, HASHIM AMLA, JP DUMINY, JACQUES KALLIS SHOULD FETCH MORE, DONT SEE WHY NOT.

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    this is atrocious....dravid comes in the 1st bracket and Gambhir only in the 3rd???Gambhir is a skilled batsman and a very good T20 player...he has proved himself in the NZ ODIs and remember he was the top run scorer among indians in the 2008 IPL.is this the way he shuld b treated???this is highly discouraging for a amazing batsman like Gauti.His inclusion in Bracket HAS TO BE STRONGLY CONSIDERED.

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    it's a great news to me that Lara is back on cricket shorter version.His early decision made us upset in cricket world.He was the only player who was honest,sincere,moderate and dedicated to cricket. Base money is not the key for Lara,I think he will play because he likes it. I wonder about Sakib al Hasan who is the number one all rounder,but he is not treated well by IPL board. I have a question to IPL committee, WHY???

  • avkris on December 21, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    how on earth is Yusuf Pathan cheaper than Dravid and Lara??!!! and michael yardy who??!! it'll be interesting to see for how much pathan goes for in the end

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Ganguly and Dravid...interesting too see who would pick them

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    this wc will be a great one because of this ipl auction. Every current player will keep it in mind. If they can perform well in wc, they will easily get good amount of money @ the auction. ;) i am eargaly waiting to see wc and performance of angelow mathews in wc.

  • Swordfishmadk on December 21, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    what a comic story to include Luke Wright, Michael Yardy and Stuart Broad in $400,000 category,and clinical performers like Kumar Sangakkara,Nannes, Gautham,Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan in low range category....sad to see these top palyers not in the top list...

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    this wc will be a great one because of this ipl auction. Every current player will keep it in mind. If they can perform well in wc, they will easily get good amount of money @ the auction. ;) i am eargaly waiting to see wc and performance of angelow mathews in wc.

  • jewel1000 on December 21, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Good to hear to announce tamim iqbal. Best wishes 4 him

  • siszack on December 21, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    No offence intended but Michael Yardy and Luke Wright for $400,000, you've got to be kidding me..Are they better than Kallis and Muralitharan, Mike Hussey, Eoin Morgan and Doggie Bollinger...

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    this wc will be a great one because of this ipl auction. Every current player will keep it in mind. If they can perform well in wc, they will easily get good amount of money @ the auction. ;) i am eargaly waiting to see wc and performance of angelow mathews in wc.

  • LoftedShot on December 21, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    I fail to understand what credentials BCCI has to make a judgment as to which player is worth 400,000$ atleast and which one isn't worth a penny? A retired Gangu dada is in same price bracket as actively playing Gambhir, a top notch guy like McGrath who can even today be trusted with the ball with confidence that he won't concede more then 20 runs in his 4 overs, is in no price bracket at all. It is absurd.

    Actually this price fixing of players is utter nonsense and gives an impression that BCCI artificially wants to 'respect' some players. In true Capitalism market decides the price of a commodity and here, IPL team owners are the market while players are the commodity. So let the market decide whether for example Hayden is worth nothing while Ganguly should be paid 200,000$ or not!

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    id love to see MI buy lara ....to see he and sachin on d same team will be nice along with polly polishing things off lol

  • RizwanZKhan on December 21, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    The same ICC Hippocratic side, where are the top Pakistani players, last time they made excuse that PCB did not cleared them for auction and this year they prove that they are against it and trust me it is not good for cricket. Shame on you ICC for not noticing this.

  • RaviReddy on December 21, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, T Suman & Pragyan Ojha should atleast be in $300,000 band. These three guys were very consistent for Deccan chargers in the IPL thus far.

  • on December 21, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Where can I see the full list?

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    not a single player from Pakistan again huh? can't say I'm surprised. mixing politics and sport as usual....the real losers here are the fans for not being able to see the most exciting and explosive T20 talent two years running. sad.

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    glad to see our world cup winners recognised properly, looking forward to see how Swann and Yardy go in the World Cup and then this competition, Luke Wright could easily be as much of an asset to an IPL side as Angelo Mathews, and the traditional English swing that Broad and Anderson can provide could provide an interesting dimension to any attack that has them, and of course we know what KP can do anywhere in the world. WOuld have liked to have seen Keiswetter in a high bracket considering his excellent big match batting temperament, same with Morgan

  • on December 21, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Gayle is the best in the 400,00 bracket

  • shameerpvt on December 21, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    There should not be categorization of base prices for players & each player should be valued separately. Also all teams should release all foreign players & re-auction them for the next season, if the IPL is focused on Indian talents.

  • ArnavSingh on December 21, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Overkill!! its killing cricket!! ban it!! what nonsense. IPL is a very short league compared to other sporting leagues of the world. Look at MLB for instance (Major League Baseball), each team plays a 162 games in like a 180 days. Those guys play like 7-8 back to back games. Whats IPL compared to that guys, just 14 games in 6 weeks. Every thing has got pros and cons, u have to compare both of them and see which side is heavier and i feel the pros side is way-way heavier.

  • gilbert84 on December 21, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    As usual news about the IPL is cringeworthy. Lara's been out of cricket too long to be a performer at this level. $400,000 for mediocre players like Broad or Yardy? What a joke.

  • Myxlnc on December 21, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    More importantly, looking at the form of Sangakkara, Nannes, Gautham.... i definitely bet they can be better with one Band up then what they have paid. And importantly everyone is appreciating lara, As a Batsman i equally tally him with Tendulkar but the reason i am making a point is, Lara didn't played for last 4 years and he is never best/ better in India. I loved watching him as a player.. not as a captain....letz see who is gonna grab him:)

  • on December 21, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Where can one see the full list?

  • on December 21, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Any team would like to have Ashwin and Morne Morkel at a base price of $10000.

  • biscuit2009 on December 21, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    I come from India and I am a Deccan Chargers fan: First of all, I don't know why they released Gilchrist as he was a match-winner with both bat and captaincy. I would love to see players like Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Zaheer Khan and Angelo Mathews play for Deccan. I hope you read this this Deccan selectors. Danish.

  • jupiterlaw on December 21, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Cricinfo I still don't have a clear picture of all who are in and out, please clarify the picture a little more. I have no doubt that Lara will be going for some big money. He would fill the stadium for his franchise because his return will be big for the promotion of the 2011 IPL. edition. I hope he gets on KKR or Punjab who have the money to pay his true price because I'll bet the family farm that he will be going for at least 400 x 2. The king is back to to sit on his throne. The sceptered one (400* & 501*) is back to rule again.

  • on December 21, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Ashwin for $100,00 base price? He was one of the best performers of the last IPL and a single handed match winner in the champions league - it's a gross misrepresentation of his skills to put him in the $100,000 category!

  • on December 21, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Um, hasn't Flintoff retired?? Why would it therefore be considered a surprise that he's not on the list for auction?

  • Rezaul on December 21, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    I dont see Shakib Al HasanÅ› name being mentioned anywhere. Which category is he?

  • kalyanbk on December 21, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Cannot understand how Michael Yardy or Luke Wright or Ross Taylor or Stuart Broad or any of the other players for that matter are rated above Muralidharan.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 21, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Surpized to see Lara in top bracket. Thats really amazing to me. One of the most selfish and self oriented player is on top , i dont know who is going to buy Lara becuaes he was never a team player.

    Though he was greatest player but never a team player. Lets see which team gets him and what he can do at 40 years age. I dont think he will but he will get money. thats far sure.

  • skdev on December 21, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    i am surprised that the man of the series in the masters cup, russel arnold isn't there, and kula aswell.

  • on December 21, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    The IPL is something else. They put the old stagers at $400,000 knowing fully well that NONE OF THE TEAMS will spend that kind of money on those guys. Sorry Lara they should have started you at the $100,000 mark so that you can work your way up to the big #s.

  • bharath74 on December 20, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Hate it or Love it, IPL is going to grow bigger and bigger to the extent where cricketers dream about playing for it rather than their country like the English Premier League. To be frank I hate IPL but i still think it is better than getting addicted to video games.

  • Graeme_Swanns_Cat on December 20, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    What a joke. I'd like to know on what basis these base prices are picked. Dravid is useless at T20 (and even test cricket vs top teams these days) but he is in the top tier. Compare that to an excellent player like Morgan or even Kallis/Muralitharan. Luke Wright is another strange choice in the top bracket.

  • WayneA on December 20, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Brian will be amongst the top performers in this IPL. Class is forever

  • S.N.Singh on December 20, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    i THINK BRAIAN LARA IS A WASTE OF FRANCHAISES EXPENSES. THE IPL SHOULD INVITE GAVASKAR, KAPEL DEV, ROHAN KANHIA, SOBERS. THE IPL 20 OVERS IS LASHING THE BALL AND THOSE OLD PLAYERS MENTIONED ABOVE IS CAPABLE OF LASHING THE BALL.

  • MinusZero on December 20, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Go Mumbai Indians, Win it again!!! :)

  • wiseshah on December 20, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    best cricketer in the world at this moment is shakib al hasan, number 1 all rounder, top ten test allrounder, top ten test bowler, top ten ODI bowler, top 20 ODI batsman, what else you expect? stupid IPL dont know his value. They go for the country not player's caliber. my top 10 20/20 players would have been: 1. shakib. 2. mcculum 3. gayle 4. tamim. 5.swann 6.mike hussey 7. kieran pollard 8. ab de villiers 9. kallis 10. david warner

  • Alexk400 on December 20, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    IPL is a must. Without IPL there is no chance in hell we see fringe players in action. No one watch useless ranji trophy. It is not in TV because no one watch that BORE cricket.

  • bcl4ever on December 20, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    BCL should have been playing test cricket till his 40th and maintained his great rivalry with SRT. Both would have reached the 50 test hundreds landmark together and remained best for admirers and friends. Agree with comment that BCL should have stayed clear off this IPL pantomime. 20-20 does not provide big enough canvas for BCL to display his true genius...

  • jcassie on December 20, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    i agree wit stephen kissoon to a point, lara has not been an influential leader to motivate the players around him so naming him captain would not be a good idea, but as a batsman, i've never seen a more attractive stroke maker in the game. his style of playing and having so many records under his belt, it would be ignorant and stupid to just write him off so soon. i believe he still has alot to offer in the IPL and whosoever drafts him, there will be people coming from near and far to see the great legend of the game once more.

  • look_nah on December 20, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    @kissoon - look around properly and you'll see both chanderpaul and sarwan are not even mentioned. don't be afraid, lara won't occupy their space.

  • on December 20, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Brian Lara is without a doubt one the Best Cricketer's in the World, I believe his going to make his team proud.

  • brool215 on December 20, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    cricinfo please show us a full list of players on the auction list!

  • on December 20, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    NO matter what people comment, once this Masala Cricket begins everyone gets glued to the telly. This is like smoking, you know it's injurious to health but can't help the addiction.

  • Sehwagism on December 20, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I am surprised there are people who claims that they don't care about IPL, it's not a real cricket and they have time and interest to read articles on IPL. Irony ...?

  • SRKatik on December 20, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    @Anand No young players who are performing well in 20-20 are doing good in test matches. Soon India is going to slip from No.1 rank.

  • InnocentGuy on December 20, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Jeez, are Benaud, Boycott, Greig, Gavaskar in the auction pool? Oh in the 2012 IPL you say? Cool. Let more people get more money and let BCCI's pockets get bigger and bigger and let's all have 2 minutes of cricket in between 30 minutes of advertisements and let the IPL fill the calendar year. Yay. Let there also be recruitment to the IPL from anybody who can wield a wooden log and throw a ball so IPL becomes the biggest provider of jobs and bails out the economy. I'm going nuts!

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    The only basis for tiering of players seems to be Brand Value. There cannot be any other sane justification for valuing Dravid & Lara at 400k and Hussey & Eoin Morgan at 200k. Morgan wld be an absolute steal if someone can get him at 200k.

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    @samvarma - not sure which game's national team you are referring to as no.1 ranking in tests & no.2 ranking in ODIs for the national cricket team has coincided with IPL.

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    lara will only embarrass his team, any bet they'll make him captain too, what a waste of space and captaincy!

  • GavtheKiwi on December 20, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    I agree with Marto the Legend, I'm an absolute cricket nut but I can't watch the IPL. As soon as someone hits a 'DLF maximum' I turn it off. It's a disgraceful comp - but it look like we'll see more of that the way things are going. It will be a 'Coca-cola Four' in Test Cricket before too long, and the batsmen could be out 'LBW presented by Mastercard'.

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    is VVS Laxman in? Is there a list of all the players retained?

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Eoin Morgan, Tamin Iqbal and Dirk Nannes would be good bargains to pick up as well !

  • nikhilpuri on December 20, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Agree with Marto and Sam you have a point too, although a bit harsh. I don't think we can stop the IPL continuing, but there needs to be a restructure and a thought process behind aligning it with the international calendar. Once they sort that out, and reduce the number of IPL games that they play, it will be a successful tournament, rather than overkill.

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    As much as I loved Lara the batsman, I wish he would stay retired rather than taint his legacy for some quick $$$. Seriously, he can't be short of a buck or too...

    Limited Overs / slog-cricket was never his true forte whilst an active player so, even if he is picked up, it may end the same way as his ill-fated time in the ICL with Mumbai Champs did. Nowhere to hide those 41 years in the field either !

    If I could pick 4 foreigners not already assigned to a franchise then I'd go for Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Daniel Vettori.

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    can't wait to see lara in action again....the crickert world is not the same without him

  • samvarma on December 20, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I think IPL should be banned. We are ruining our national team's future with this.

  • Marto_TheLegend on December 20, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    The IPL will get a real cold shoulder this year with typical BCCI greed in having fresh auctions (Do they need any more money?!) and an overdose of cricket in India after the WC. The only way it looks like the event will be a success is if India wins the WC, similar to what happened in 07, when they won the T20 WC which eventually became the reason IPL was started anyway.

    And I'm talking only about India, there is absolutely NO WAY people outside India are going to watch this, what with all the commercialized commentary and ads between balls, never.

    And for heavens sake, get the Pakistani cricketers back already, what wrong have the cricketers done? Yet another classic case of the BCCI thinking they own the world.

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I am glad to see Lara has been able to attract such a high bidding.

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  • on December 20, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    I am glad to see Lara has been able to attract such a high bidding.

  • Marto_TheLegend on December 20, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    The IPL will get a real cold shoulder this year with typical BCCI greed in having fresh auctions (Do they need any more money?!) and an overdose of cricket in India after the WC. The only way it looks like the event will be a success is if India wins the WC, similar to what happened in 07, when they won the T20 WC which eventually became the reason IPL was started anyway.

    And I'm talking only about India, there is absolutely NO WAY people outside India are going to watch this, what with all the commercialized commentary and ads between balls, never.

    And for heavens sake, get the Pakistani cricketers back already, what wrong have the cricketers done? Yet another classic case of the BCCI thinking they own the world.

  • samvarma on December 20, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    I think IPL should be banned. We are ruining our national team's future with this.

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    can't wait to see lara in action again....the crickert world is not the same without him

  • on December 20, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    As much as I loved Lara the batsman, I wish he would stay retired rather than taint his legacy for some quick $$$. Seriously, he can't be short of a buck or too...

    Limited Overs / slog-cricket was never his true forte whilst an active player so, even if he is picked up, it may end the same way as his ill-fated time in the ICL with Mumbai Champs did. Nowhere to hide those 41 years in the field either !

    If I could pick 4 foreigners not already assigned to a franchise then I'd go for Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Daniel Vettori.

  • nikhilpuri on December 20, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    Agree with Marto and Sam you have a point too, although a bit harsh. I don't think we can stop the IPL continuing, but there needs to be a restructure and a thought process behind aligning it with the international calendar. Once they sort that out, and reduce the number of IPL games that they play, it will be a successful tournament, rather than overkill.

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Eoin Morgan, Tamin Iqbal and Dirk Nannes would be good bargains to pick up as well !

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    is VVS Laxman in? Is there a list of all the players retained?

  • GavtheKiwi on December 20, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    I agree with Marto the Legend, I'm an absolute cricket nut but I can't watch the IPL. As soon as someone hits a 'DLF maximum' I turn it off. It's a disgraceful comp - but it look like we'll see more of that the way things are going. It will be a 'Coca-cola Four' in Test Cricket before too long, and the batsmen could be out 'LBW presented by Mastercard'.

  • on December 20, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    lara will only embarrass his team, any bet they'll make him captain too, what a waste of space and captaincy!