IPL 2012 January 30, 2012

Laxman, Sreesanth, McCullum get maximum reserve price

ESPNcricinfo staff
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VVS Laxman, S Sreesanth and Brendon McCullum - all part of the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the 2011 IPL - have commanded the highest reserve price of US$ 400,000 in the final auction shortlist for the 2012 season. The Kochi trio joins England offspinner Graeme Swann, who is yet to feature in the IPL, as the four players to command the maximum base price in the 144-strong list.

On January 20, the BCCI had released a preliminary list comprising of 183 players, who hadn't participated in earlier seasons of the IPL. That has been pruned further by the IPL organisers based on the feedback received from the franchises. The Kochi players, who weren't part of the earlier list, were expectedly included, and the entire roster of players will go under the hammer on February 4 in Bangalore.

"The shortlist comprises some outstanding cricket talent," the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said. "Given that it was prepared on the basis of the feedback of the franchises themselves, the stage is set for an exciting and eventful player auction, this Saturday. The franchises purchased the bulk of their respective squads in 2011. Their aim at the upcoming auction will be to bring in some players who can make a difference to their prospects in the tournament. The auction will mark the formal opening of IPL 2012."

In all, 16 Kochi players feature in the list including the newly-appointed Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene (reserve price US$ 300,000) and the retired offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan (US$ 200,000). India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, whose stock has been on the rise following a successful return to ODI action, was pegged at a surprisingly low US$ 100,000. Tamim Iqbal was a notable addition, and will be the only Bangladesh player in the auction, at a reserve price of US$ 50,000.

Azhar Mahmood and Imran Tahir are the only players of Pakistan origin in the auction. Mahmood, however, now possesses a British passport, while Tahir is presently part of South Africa's Test team. Pakistan players have not been part of the IPL since the 2009 season.

Indian interest in the auction will be limited to eight newly-added players, all capped. Seven of them were part of the Kochi franchise last year while the eighth one is the fast bowler VRV Singh. The preliminary list had 25 Zimbabwe internationals, but only seven of them made it to the final draft.

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  • CBVIJAY on February 2, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Playing IPL every year for selecting good players for India... But India Ranks 7th in T20 and Lost there Tests due to this T20's. T20 makes a batsman to hit every balls. This is the reason Gambhir and Sehwag went out of form.

  • Jaggadaaku on February 2, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I DON'T CARE! I DON'T CARE! I DON'T CARE!

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @Kavindeven R Aswin had outperformed himself by picking up wicket in australia too he is second successful bowler from india in australia this tour secondly no ipl big young star get selected for test however they are some name who played test but were not a star lastly bcci must have selected munaf , pathan, nehra, sree for this sort of tracks i selected these name since they were part of the team how won us last test series in aus

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 1, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    kosthapal jangisira was not in the shortlist.he should have been included.

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    i think mumbai should pick a fast bowler who can bowl at depyh over and who can bat as well like jhonson

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    i think mumbai should pick a fast bowler who can bat like jhonson....

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    i think mumbai should pick a fast bowler who can bat like jhonson....

  • Romenevans on February 1, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    @ karthik666 - R Ashwin? ROFLMAO! if your judging his performances against WI, then good luck. Look what happened to your R Ashwin in Australia. Miserable is the word. So take a break, think about one more player and come back to gloat again for your IPL (Insanely Pathetic League).

  • dummy4fb on February 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    ther is no way 4r vvs. but mcllum has a chance for d auction

  • 9ST9 on February 1, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    What IPL has done is spoil some Indian Cricketers, but given good Income to even some Australian fringe players. It seems the Aussies are at the winning end of it as well.

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