Indian Premier League 2011 December 20, 2010

Lara, Dravid in highest price band for IPL auction

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 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.

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

    No porkis please! They don't deserve Indian money

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 16:23 GMT

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

  • Chetan 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    no one will buy lara or dravid or ganguly

  • Dummy4 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

  • Steve 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.

  • Bharat 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!!

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