IPL 2012

Only Swann commands highest reserve price

Tariq Engineer

January 20, 2012

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Graeme Swann led England well in the field, England v West Indies, 1st Twenty20, The Oval, September 23, 2011
Graeme Swann's participation in the IPL may be limited by England's schedule © PA Photos

Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, is the only player in the preliminary list for the 2012 IPL auction to command the highest reserve price of US$400,000. Two former Australia spinners, Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill, are the oldest players on the list, at 41 and 40 respectively. Both their reserve prices have been set at $100,000.

A total of 183 players have been listed for the February 4 auction that will be held in Bangalore, but that number does not include the players from the terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise. ESPNcricinfo understands they will be included in the final list for the auction. In all, the list features 120 capped players and 63 uncapped players. Zimbabwe have the highest number of international players with 25 followed by West Indies with 22. Australia have the most uncapped players with 28.

Two fast bowlers, Australia's Mitchell Johnson and England's James Anderson, have reserve prices of $300,000. However, neither player may be available for the entire tournament. Johnson, in December, was ruled out of cricket for "five to six months" after undergoing surgery on the big toe of his left foot in Melbourne. Meanwhile England tour Sri Lanka in March and April next year before hosting West Indies in May. England's schedule also stands to limit Swann's participation in the IPL.

West Indies are another side that will be playing international cricket during the IPL, with Australia heading there for the Frank Worrell Trophy in March and April, before the team heads to England in May. Members of Australia's national side will also be unavailable until the Test series with West Indies ends on April 27, 2012.

Among those in the $200,000 bracket are Peter Siddle, the Australia fast bowler, Matt Prior, the England wicketkeeper and Vernon Philander, who has been spectacular for South Africa in Tests since making his debut in November 2010 against Australia.

While there are no current Pakistan players on the list, Azhar Mahmood, who played 21 Tests for Pakistan but is now a British citizen, finds a place. Imran Tahir, the South Africa legspinner who was born in Lahore, is also on the list. The pair will cost a minimum of $100,000 each. The 2012 IPL begins on April 4 and the final will be played on May 27. The tournament will have nine teams playing each other home and away, with a total of 76 games being played over 54 days.

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Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 23, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Herschelle Gibbs, Best player this season in Australian BigBash T20 Cup will be sold.. no doubt... or it will prove that the team managements are blind fools.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 22, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

The only players who have realistic chances of getting picked are : Herschelle Gibbs, Mitchell Johnson, Graeme Swann, Andre Russell, James Anderson, Azhar Mahmood, Kevin O'Brien, Ravi Bopara, Peter Siddle, Fidel Edwards, Dinesh Chandimal, Richard Levi, Darren Bravo.. Others are just trying their luck.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 21, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

COMMON Swann and Jadeja enter the Delhi side I want Macgill and Hogg both in Chennai

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 21, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

The only players who will catch the attention of the owners are Mitchell Johnson, Graeme Swann, Andre Russell, James Anderson, Herschelle Gibbs, Azhar Mahmood, Ravi Bopara, Peter Siddle, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Kevin O'Brien.

Posted by 200ondebut on (January 21, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

jonesy2 - disagree, Beer is far better than XD. Oz has the best spinners in the world today - so they should all be in - especially Steve "the new Shane" Smith.

Disappointed Pak players not included - they are the best asian team at the moment.

Posted by NYer on (January 21, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Azhar Mahmood is in the list !

Posted by ARad on (January 20, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

The high base price and the schedule of English cricket team makes me think that Swann may not get picked. The lack of Pakistani players is a TRAVESTY for IPL fans. IPL showcases India's growing commercial and professional might. I don't understand why IPL owners are letting it get tarnished by short-term pesky political considerations.

Posted by RSBali on (January 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Who prepares this list and what is the criteria be included for aution?

Posted by RSBali on (January 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

See no players in the list Pakistan may be tempted to start their own league as Bangladesh.

Posted by Hrit24 on (January 20, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Well, seeing the list of shortlists, I think it is pretty good one and it has listed and given a chance to all the brilliant players. I guess Siddle, MacGill, Anderson, Bopara, Swann, Wright, Vincent, Williamson, Nicol, Mahmood, Bracewell, Tsotsobe, Gayle, Rudolph, Taibu, Chigumbura, Taylor, Sibanda, Mpofu, Jarvis, Waller, Watson, Warner and in the local scene, Rohit Sharma, Kohli,, Ashwin, and hopefully Dravid and Sachin star in the tournament.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

there are no bangladeshi player in the preliminary auction list....but 25 zimbabwen players....(strange!!!!!!!!!!)

Posted by the_Srikanth on (January 20, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

The format for IPL needs a change, it should be made similar to NFL. From 2013/2014 onwards, They should have 12 teams divided into 3 divisions. Assuming that the additional cities that will be bought in the auction are Kochi, Ahmedabad & Nagpur (although I would love Kanpur to be one of them to have that part of the country represented). There will be a South division comprising of Chennai, bengaluru, Kochi, Deccan. There will be a West division made up of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. There will be a NEC (North/East/Central) division made of Mohali, Kolkata, Delhi,Nagpur. Each team will play its division members twice (Home and away) and play the remaining 8 teams once (4 home games and 4 away games). That way, each team plays 14 games in a season. 1 team from each division gets into the playoffs and a the 4th team in the playoffs would be a wild card entry, one that failed to top its division but was best among all those who didn't. Playoffs can be the same way IPL does it now.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

I dont think good idea of Swann going for high price. Cause he may not get that many wickets and it will be a bit tough for him (like in WC 2011) and franchises usually will prefer to give that spinner's slot to a domestic player and the foreigner's slot to a batsman so that they can strengthen their line-up

Posted by givemefood on (January 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Pakistanis.. It's a shame that u continue expecting BCCI to open the gates for them. BCCI won't because the government won't. Your players would have been delightful additions to the teams but they won't be making any $$ in India. Of course, same can't be said about Rameez and Akram.

Posted by Valavan on (January 20, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Comon PAK fans, why you yawn for such lucarative IPL, You are doing decent job in UAE, ofcourse pretty good T20 team,and ODI team is getting gelled well, why do you want your players to loose focus due to lucarative money. Cant you see where is India and Sri Lanka after the IPLs, SL is very pathetic, India is a home lion, indeed home lion as they cannot play tests for more than 4 days away from home, Pakistan can be a better international side if they dont involved in IPL and other BCCI events. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Wahid_Hossain on (January 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Why there are no Bangladeshi players.

Posted by GauntMJ on (January 20, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

There is one Pakistani, Azhar Mahmood due to him having a British passport. Its a shame that thats the only way to be in it if you are Pakistani, such talented and entertaining players

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Pak players should consider themselves lucky not playing in IPL otherwise they will also start losing test matches by poking the leaving deliveries or by getting bowled between pad and bat gap.Thanks BCCI you have helped make us strong test outfit.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 20, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Its great 2 have Gayle again in the Challengers. But no one can understand why aren't Pakistani players. To have look AFRIDI, UMAR AKMAL, KAMRAN AKMAL, MiSBAH, UMAR GUL r one of the bwst in WorldT20

Posted by PakiPassion on (January 20, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

I DONT think Any Pakistsni player is desprate to play in IPL but having Pakistsni players in IPL will only improve the indo-Pak relations & Pakistan Do have Some Of most exciting t20 players in the world

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

haha swann for 4,00,000$ too much.he will be left unsold !! indian spinners r wayy better than him and swann has no great record in the sub continent and he wont even be available entire season so who want to waste money on him ?? better the teams would go for uncapped spinners or bowling all rounders like jadeja and all the teams have 1 gud spinner already some have 2-3 now say who want to waste money on swann ?? better go for players like sunil naraine of west indies or suleiman benn agressive and cheap base price honestly ipl is not the place for spinners only 1 specialist spinner is enough rest the part timers like gayle,dilshan,raina,rohit sharma ,yousuf pathan can manage.

my eyes r on mitchell johnson and peter siddle and andre russel come on deccan buy them !! especially russel or philander .even ravindra jadeja too.

Posted by AF2199 on (January 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Come on guys why are do you want our players to be in IPL. Indians think by ignoring Pakistani players they are ruining our cricket then guess what We are unbeaten in test and ODI series for past 1.5 years and Indians are losing every possible match they play on foreign soil ..... SO that God our players are not playing IPL. IPL is just a circus which is seriously destroying Indian Cricket and time will tell them. A Pakistani Fan

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Y no Banmgladeshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii?

Posted by vish57 on (January 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Again discrimination to Pakistani Players; usual double standard of BCCI; If Players from any country can be auctioned, why BCCI is depriving Indian public to view Pakistani players in action for IPL teams. High handedness and ego rules the BCCI, because we paying public are watching cricket irrespective of results. Let BCCI understand that Pakistani cricketers are also human and cricketers and entertainers like our Tendulkar or Dhoni or Dravid. IPL cannot sustain popularity in this restrictive ways, other countries will popularise similar leagues and take away your dominance. BCCI can restric Indian Players from playing in such leagues and show their dominance over cricketers who can earn money in short term. Let BCCI understand cricketers playing time is pretty short and let them make money in every possible playing ways, all are not Tendulkars or Dravids or Kumbles to extned their carreer for long.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (January 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

What a joke! Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Stuart MacGill(!), Brad Hogg(!!) in the list? Why would any sane team want to have those horrible cricketers in their team?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

All the england players expect a higher price then everyone else, Swann is probly worth 400 but with other spinners around like brad hogg at starting price of 100 some teams may overlook swann. Best buys this season i think could be Jaques Rudolph 20 grand start price, Dinesh Chandimal 50 grand, Brad Hogg 100 grand, Ben Laughlin 50 grand,Herchelle gibbs 50, ajantha mendis is a steal at 50 grand and for 200 grand i wouldnt look past vernon philander

Posted by WiseThought on (January 20, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Few pakistani players are quite talented, include them n make the competition tougher.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

NOt playing in IPL serves Pakistanis very well...Good that they are not playing. You can see the result yourself....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

No pakistan players in IPL,then no IPL,they wil lose fan's witout pakistan players....!!!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 20, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

playing test series in sl in the month of april . the temprature will be 35 degrees . eng will have to adjust with the hot weather .

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

why no pakistani players?? shahid afridi, abdul razzaq, hafeez, saeed ajmal, umar gul, misbah, umar akmal... these are one of best T20 players in the world.. and the likes of kamran akmal, imran nazir, yasir arafat, wahab riaz, sohail tanveer etc.. would be hugely valuable to any team.. dont get it..

Posted by mummra on (January 20, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Why Pakistani players are not available?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Come on BCCI let the Pakistan Players play, it will only help Indo-Pak relations. Having players like Afridi playing alongside Yuvraj or MS Dhoni would be a wesome to see.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 20, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

what a joke matt prior reckons a team will want him? swann is a good test spinner but an absolutely awful t20 spinner. x doherty would be my choice

Posted by Romenevans on (January 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

No pakistanis again..can someone tell me why pakistanis are ignored in ipl evert time?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

Of course..He is the Besdt English Spinner.. If he Doesnt Get 400,000$ u Dont Worth it IPL.. If the Greedy INdian Teams ARE allowed They will even give 4 million US dollars to get his Services.. but thats not Possible as the Budget does not Allow the Foreign players and its for the Indian Players..

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