IPL 2012

Laxman, Sreesanth, McCullum get maximum reserve price

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 30, 2012

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VVS Laxman watches from the other end as Brendon McCullum smashes one cross-batted, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011, Kochi, April 9, 2011
Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman are two of the four players who will enter the IPL auction at the maximum reserve price - US\$ 400,000 © AFP
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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.

Click here for the full list of players and reserve prices.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (February 2, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (February 1, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

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

Posted by 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).

Posted by   on (February 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by karthik666 on (February 1, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Kavindeven .. One player right ? R Ashwin .. So pls don't comment again saying our youngsters r spoilt .. matter ends

Posted by TRAM on (February 1, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Now I understand why VVS / dravid didn't retire from Test. By claiming they are the top Test players they can demand high in IPL. I hope they are taught the lessons, by no one picking them up in IPL.

Posted by da_man_ on (January 31, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Stormy16; that's all it ever boils down to with a lot of Indian cricket fans: "Why shouldn't he make more money" The rich history of cricketers playing for pride of country and self don't seem to hold any importance for you. If you are happy to justify players sacrificing national cricket for IPL money then you have no right to complain when they don't perform in national colours. Why would the productivity be the same at such a low price? (BCCI wages compared to IPL) Do us a favour IPL and never include Pakistani players, thanks!

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (January 31, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Paying Laxman maximum is Very Very Stupid. I can't believe that a player who was an absolute dud when it came to performing for India in Australia is set to make the maximum. Shame on those giving away the maximum, and shame also to VVS for accepting it. He should walk away given how badly he has performed when his country needed him the most

Posted by Romenevans on (January 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

@ stormy16- What? ROFLMAO! IPL teams picked David Warner after seeing him in Big Bash, he was already a star there. So his progress has nothing to do with IPL. To the main point, tell me a single successful player this IPL has given to Indian team? IPL has spoiled our young cricketers. Who'll play in Test when you can earn millions for playing IPL with Hot babes all over you after the match, no matter if you win or lose.

Posted by ryzers on (January 31, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Hi Mr Doublestrike....your comments clearly tells how scared r you of Laxman.....Ha Ha Ha... even when he is not in his greatest form......He has this price because of his talent, hardwork and years of success....he couldn't do well and India slipped from his No.1 position in tests...this tells his importance in the team... he has won more tests than Sachin Tendulkar and yes he is really VERY VERY SPECIAL.....In future he will show every one that he is a great coach too....Franchises would love too have him in the team because they can take his advice to improve the team's performance.... please use your cricketing brain,if you have any.... I am a cricket coach of Ryzers cricket academy and a great fan of VVS Laxman...thanks

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

mccullum will goes for mumbai indians sure... and one one more gud player also mumbai will get in auction bcoz they pick alrady good player like kartikh and ojha.. so mi will become so solid team in ipl 5.....

Posted by Avi56 on (January 31, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Brendon Mccullum should join RCB...then Gayle and McCullum..poooof the stadiums should be built bigger i guess... Jayawardane should Join Mumbai Indians....Jayawardane and Sachin wow that will be the unbeatable opening pair Graeme Swann should join King Xi Punjab the best spinner for their bowling attack

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

SO this is the official end of VVS. Definitely no one will buy him at this much cost.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Jadeja set to gt 20 times his base price...

Posted by rapidstar on (January 31, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

BCCI is happily moving forward with IPL after two heavy defeats in the test cricket.They don't care about the county pride. No one should watch IPL, hope it fails this season miserably.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

mitchel johnson would be picked by kings eleven punjab as an favour by beven, this ipl has become australian favour league

Posted by stormy16 on (January 31, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

For those of you who blame the IPL for your national team performances please refer to Dave Warner and Mike Hussey who have been sensational in test performance after the IPL and champions league. I don like the way the IPL seems to have a say over a players committments to its country (last year I recall SL players werent allow to joiin the national team to Eng till it suited the IPL) which is going too far but otherwise I dont see what the problem here is. What's more it gives the players to a chance to make some cash and why shouldnt they - specially if your a current SL player! What's more it also gives overseas players an opportunity to get used to conditions in India - after all heaps of overseas players play county cricket in Eng.

Posted by doublestrike on (January 31, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Some unknowing IPL team owner (probably KXIP), looking for the hottest Indian batting talent is very impressed by for our VVS Laxman. Afterall $400,000 suggests someone VERY, VERY Special. Owner is so keen that buys him. Buzzing with excitement, he unwraps the credentials (slowly): OK, not done well in tests - ouch! the worst specialist bat on challenging wickets in last two tours. Lets see.. has represented India in ODIs (great) but a LONG, LONG time ago, .. and not part of any India T20 squad. Hmm.. has a lousy record for two separate IPL franchises (spend his time mostly as a benchwarmer, but his gropping for XI triggered a great deal of success for the franchise). OK, doesn't bowl. A-ha!.. Grade A contract with BCCI !! .. Finally, the owner is now very upbeat. I have got it: Friends, we have got ourselves a demon fielder. Possibly the best XII man in the world". The team's coach looks at some videos, and comes back a bit disappointed: "Folks, we have got ourselves a DONKEY!!"

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Laxmaan set his base price at US$400 is really unexpected and foolish task.After his form in Australia,I think hardly he is going to be sold.Also if he gets sold he is to seat in the reserve bench.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 31, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

I also heard Rajasthan Royals will be bidding on Laxman's Granny, because she scored a tripple century last week against a team in her society. ROFLMAO! Senior citizens gone wild.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

VVS hasnt done anything spectacular in earlier IPL to justify high price

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Agree with Hameed Sheikh expect for that 'mokey faced' thing. Sreesanth is a hard working cricketer with a slight attitude problem, and has delivered for India now and then. And it is seriously an Indian biased work by the IPL owners in pricing Sreesanth ahead of lot better quality players.

Posted by karthik666 on (January 31, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Please use ur brains then comment .. If IPL was a bad influence then we would have seen its ill effects earlier .. We won world cup , became world no 1 test team , drew SA 1-1 in their home and all the while we were silent .. and now we blame IPL for 2 series defeats .. absolute non sense

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

I can not understand whofixes the base price of the players and how did they fixed $400,000 for a monkey like faced Sreesanth.Who goes tosee such illmannered players.This list is Indian biased only and is not justified at all.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 31, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

IPL franchises should pick young players like Sreesanth, Tamim or Tahir. Mccullum, Johnson , Murali will b great picks too. But I don't wanna see those old batsmen like Mahela or Laxman.

Posted by ramli on (January 31, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Are there still insane people in IPL to buy laxman at that price???

Posted by maniiyer on (January 31, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

This IPL will witness the least viewership since the tournament began .Indian Cricket Fans want to see India excel in Test Cricket & ODIs .They have seen through the Artificial excitement being created by the Organizers & the paid cronies for a tournament which hardly contributes towards making a successful cricket side .

Posted by avasthi558 on (January 31, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

i think mumbai indians will get brendon mecullam , andre russell and ravi bopara...and in indian circut rp singh.... brendon mecullam sure 100%...

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

no one will pick mitchell johnson... jadeja would be the hot pick followed by jayawardene,mccullum and murali....

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

VVS should be unsold this year......

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Graeme Swann is the most valuable player available in this auction...He is undoubtedly the world's No.1 spinner and there will be tough competition between the franchises to buy him...

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 31, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

best new players to choose: ben laughlin, xavier doherty, stuart macgill, brad hogg, luke wright, adam milne, dinesh chandimal, alistair mcdermott, daniel harris, ben cutting, josh hazlewood.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 31, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

sreesanth? really? wow. the three best players that i would see being the best to pick up would be mitchell johnson, mitchell marsh and james faulkner. im wondering whether james pattinson and pat cummins are playing IPL? its so funny that the english players have put themselves on such high reserve prices when they are all the worst and most unappealing players in the auction, some of them (jade dernbach, james anderson, ravi bopara) should be offering to pay the franchises

Posted by sweetspot on (January 31, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

On another note, Laxman will not find himself in any team. Nobody has $400,000 to shell out on him while $100,000 can fetch a much more useful cricketer for this format. Laxman is going to be a casualty of this system. If this reserve price had not been set, perhaps Laxman would have been picked up by some team at a reasonable price. But now he is going to be left out in the cold. Guaranteed. He can still request his reserve price be brought down, and if he has business sense, will do it. Will be interesting to see what he does.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 31, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

You guys are at it again. Stop blaming T20s for India's failure in recent Tests. No one credits IPL for India's limited-overs success.... Come on Its time to move on. T20 is the way forward for cricket to stand any chance of competing against other sports in globalization. And what's wrong in players making money? C'mon they have their own life to live. The money players get in IPL is nothing compared to other sports like soccer.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 31, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

IPL is not the reason for decline of Indian Cricket.I do not understand where are NCA and the others gone?The fact is that we have never trained an player for such bouncy pitches in Australia or swingy pitches in England. Yes, but due to IPL the demand of Ranji Trophy has declined. Coming to IPL, its a real chance for the international players to learn to play in flat Indian pitches which in turn helps the indians to learn with such players and their techniques. ** Ravi Jadeja should be the hottest pick this year.**

Posted by raj60 on (January 31, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

It would be really a shock & surprise even if we see one bid for Laxman. I can't believe the guy's greediness for money that allows him to humiliate himself beyond imagination. Absolutely no self respect left.

Posted by Bisht on (January 31, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

We all should stop watching/following Indian cricket and we will soon know where BCCI stands...... we are responsible for it........

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Laxman's IPL record is poor. No body will bid for him for sure especially after his recent performance in Australia.

Posted by bramville on (January 31, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Lets not forget that Cricket is a professional game and cricketers earn their living by playing cricket and not to mention the endorsments they do. Who is to blame is the system (BBCI) for promoting this and why wouldnt they? when their own coffers are gettin full. Who needs to be blames are the people who support this (like the public, the press the media, the advertisers).As long as you have advertisers to promote such things and the press and media to maximise this coverage and the people to sit and watch this, nothing can be done. Cricket is the only game in India where players do not play the game for the glory of their nation. Take away all the money from the sport and we will see how many would be inclinded to become a cricketer. There are so many other sports where players have individually brought glory to the nation, but sadly they dont get the kind of recognition that a cricketer gets for winning a world cup thats played by an handful of nations.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (January 31, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

LEts face it..the future of test cricket in India is BLANK! IPL will rule and be prepared for a generation of arrogant cricketers who can do nothing but slog and show arrogance! Dravid,lax,Sachin..thanks for the memories. Indian cricket..RIP

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

The whole cricketing watching FANS should boycott IPL is by not going to watch the match at the ground that way we could stop this IPL. That way we are saving/ nurturing Test Cricket in India.

Posted by bipulkumar on (January 31, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Let's not watch IPL till Indian players learn to respect playing for the country.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Laxman will be lucky if he gets a bid in this auction!

Posted by Romenevans on (January 31, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Laxman? What the? I mean LOL who's buying him? I won't even pick him in my local street team even if he pays me a million to pick him. I mean i can not afford to make my team look like energy-less robots on the field with no passion and self respect. I feel sad for the club who'll buy him.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Good this is gift for Laxman for not performing in Australia and England Series. As per me he should not even figure in the list for auction.

Posted by TRIC on (January 31, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Its no surprise all the teams are strong at home conditions, make no mistake the english are getting a mauling against pak, we beat the english in ODI's , beat australia, so i suggest that bcci prepare rank turners when these teams visit india, remember indian, we all know how englishmen, aussie, pakis fast bowlers cheated while playing india like applying vaselin, removing seam etc etc so hold your heads high we play moral and gentlemen cricket pls dont get swayed by the media because they are doing their job because they are paid in foreign exchange as their owners are foreigners

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 31, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Johnson should be a good pick considering he can hit big too.. Narine, Badree, Murali and RJ will be hot picks.. A McDermott ,KOB, Faulkner,A Russel could be the dark horses.. Harwood, Gibbs will be value picks at their base price.. Indian players in KTK will attract good bids too..

Posted by NYer on (January 31, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

IPL should have learned from the BBL - Keep it short and simple. 76 matches is overkill. Especially after the 4-0 drubbing and further impending doom down under.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

"Indian Cricket on fast track to self destruction" - Well said & its fans too

Indian Cricket Board and players are making money and are not worried about test losses.

Indian Selectors should protect test potential like Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, Rahul, Umesh, Ishant from playing T20s in order to improvise & sustain their skills in longer version.

If board & selectors do not have definite plan for each youngster then God have Indian Cricket & its fans because Board & players have these franchise to rely on always....

Posted by Potatis on (January 31, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

Gee, what a waste of money.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (January 31, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

All Indian fans are making lame excuse of incapable batting and blowing and putting it on IPL. I dont see any reason IPL (t20) spoiling test cricket, that too played a year before for loss of Australian series . Find some better excuse.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

In 5 years time, test cricket will be bundled out. Proper batsmen who could craft a innings would be non existent. Even if they exist, thwy would be consider unviable for the rigours of t20.

Posted by Abhimanyu on (January 31, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Very SAD to see players like VVS Laxman demanding $400,000 after losing 0-8 in test cricket, he should have been dropped from the Indian test side. IPL is the only reason why players like Laxman and Dravid do not want to take retirement, because they know once they retire nobody will play them in their team like Ganguly.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

I dont understand why Laxman is so expensive? he has been pretty average of late and i dont see him being worth 400k, mccullum is one of my favourite players but still i dont think he should be 400k or sreesanth, he loses his temper after one bad ball, hes worth about 50k if that

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Why and Who would buy Laxman for $400,000. I wouldnt even take him if they say buy one (brendon mccullum) and get one free (laxman). Pathetic ......

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

How the hell laxman deserves maximum price ahead of Gibbs and many other players? Go home and sleep. Your time has gone.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Wow...Raymond Price is a better bowler than Saeed Ajmal. Says it all about the farce that is the IPL.

Posted by FatBoysCanBat on (January 31, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

It's a bit of a mockery that Laxman gets the highest reserve price. He is a poor T20 player - avg of 22 and S/R of 114. I suspect this is because he is an Indian and will be sought after a bit more than overseas players. I would way rather have Tamim Iqbal or Mahela Jayawardene. It is also a surprise that Murali is only at $200,000, I'm sure he will get more than that.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

@Raj1960: May be its time to abandon test cricket, which has become a boring affair that is often one-sided, played for 5 days with no guarantee of result and it has no place in today's fast-paced life. When you watch a T20 game, it is so exciting and so fast and entertaining and it takes only 4 hours max. In T20, the game is not that one-sided as we see in test cricket and the game changes in an over. My guess is that T20 will become a dominating format. Other nations are joining this format. I would say we should start several T20 tournaments a year on the lines of tennis: Australian Open, English Open, African Open, IPL, BPL, PPL, SLPL, WIN Open. This way we can spread cricket to new countries.

Posted by playitstraight on (January 30, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Yep.. Laxman will get more than $400,000 and he will eventually retire from Tests (which is a blessing in disguise). Same goes for Sreesanth.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

IPL is never gonna be a good reality show, boring!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Thanks to BCCI for coming up with weird reasons for not including pakistani players from season 2 to season 4 & now not even bothered to give any reason for not including them as if Pakistan does not even have professional cricketers. It has actually been a blessing in disguise for pakistan cricket. I thanks once again all the concerned prejudice officials playing their politics to not include pakistani players. At least it has ensured pakistan 's success & led to Indian crickets debacle where in they have been under fire from all quarters may it be indian media,international media or past indian cricketers. GoodLuck India & BCCI with your IPL. By the time IPL20 is played , Indian team will have to start looking for international players to play test cricket for India & atleast ensure no shameful drubbing at the hands of international teams in test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

Money Game vs Country Pride.Sachin after all remains a money making machine.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

Still no one from Pakistan. May be a blessing in disguise for Pakistan.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 30, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

Lot of people must be out of their mind by putting lot of stock on VVS and Sreesanth. Both are mediocre for any format of the game now.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

India topped the Rankings and won the world cup after 2 seasons of IPL, you guys will never stop complaining. See the good out of everything. IPL made the cricket more competitive than ever since the invention of Cricket. It has mobilized lot of money and numerous business opportunity, followed by lot of jobs. Talent and hard work of players get recognized. On top all it has got great support from fans. You guys are aberration among the cricket fans. Loss in England and Australia may be due to Fletcher who could not instill the confidence in the players or could not channelize the the strength of our players or may be it is a Cycle. But I am sure in sub continent both England and Australia cannot perform. I am sure. Loss hurts but I have lot of confidence in the abilities of our Players.

Posted by MitenD on (January 30, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Why would I buy Laxman at $400K when I can buy Jadeja and Jayawardena together for the same price? I would be getting a good spinning all rounder who would be a handful on slow, turning wickets and chip in with valuable runs and a very good batsman who averages over 30 at a strike rate of 140 in the format. It's a no-brainer, really!

Posted by Thisismyopinion on (January 30, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

@Raj1960 - If you were one of them cricketers, what would you do? Play 4 test matches for 20 days (I'm being generous here) and get nothing compared to playing 40 days of IPL...This is not entirely IPL's fault. Q. Who in India growing up has time to play unlimited cricket? Answer. No one...Almost everywhere, Indians grow up playing 20 over or 25 over Cricket.

Posted by Xolile on (January 30, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Whoever is responsible for setting the maximum reserve prices is clearly a fan of Laxman. If you apply Moneyball principles to cricket Laxman would not be worth 50 rupees. He is over the wall and should retire before he damages his legacy further.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

murali should go back to chennai because dhoni know how to use murali's spin

Posted by MH19 on (January 30, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Why Mahela has a big price. He has been a total failure for SL even considering him for IPL is a joke.Murali for sure still can play the short version.Looking at the Sri Lankan Cricket team performance loosing all series and failures after failures only Chandimal deserves a break however SLC board should pay him more and avoid him playing IPL for SL Cricket sake.Please note Malinga too is a faliure.

Posted by mamboman on (January 30, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Another nail inthe coffin of Indian cricket. Which is all right by me!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

How come no one is talking about Andre Russell from West Indies 23/All-rounder/RHB/RF Capped at 50,000 dollars its steal :)

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

It doesn't matter how many matches we loose out of Sub continent. We are the King of Sub continent. IPL is our lottery.

Posted by Babloo3544 on (January 30, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

I wonder, do the Indian people really love the game and their county ? If so, why do they promote IPL ?

Posted by squarepeg on (January 30, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

McCullum gets 400k and Jayawardane 300k! Sreesanth gets 400k and Tim Southee 100k!! WTH.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (January 30, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Any franchise who would pay $US 400,000 for Laxman must have rocks in there head . Watching his fielding in the tests was bad enough , he will cost any franchise 20 runs in the field , plus the catches he will drop .

Posted by Sachpriya on (January 30, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Living in Australia for the last 22 years, I had a great hope that this year we will see an indian victory. But, these overpaid, under performing bunch of guys on holidays disappointed us here. In 5-6 years, India will be as good as Bangladesh in test cricket. Now it is time to invite BD to India to play their first ever test in India and hope that ST will get his 100 ! God bless indian cricket.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I think, no amount of money, that any franchise can pay their player, will be more precious than the tears we all saw on the faces of every member of team India on 2nd April's night. Otherwise, how can that unbeaten 91 came from two times IPL champion and once Champions League champion Dhoni's bat? And the same question about Gautam Gambhir, the highest bid of IPL4. ... need not say anything about the World Cup and IPL performance of Yuvraj.

Posted by Take_A_Single on (January 30, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

What a disgrace ICC and BCCI are. Where are pakistani players in IPL? Cannot expect ICC to stand up and speak up against BCCI's policies.

Posted by Edassery on (January 30, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

The BCCI and the players seem to be in a hurry to forget the humiliating defeat in Australia and instead of announcing drastic changes to revive the India's international cricket they are now after the fast track self destruction as someone rightly said. God save Indian cricket from the IPL clutches!

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 30, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Back to the circus and bad for Indian and Sri Lankan cricket.Now you don't hear players moaning and whinging on too much cricket strangely! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Here we go again. Indian Cricket on fast track to self destruction.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson should be the hottest pick this year out of the list of players to be auctioned. Whichever team gets him will be lucky. So, the smart teams will bid high for him.

Posted by Raj1960 on (January 30, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

This is a glaring reason for India to go down to a humiliating loss in Australia. They are making obscene amount of money for playing 40 days of drama cricket that does not require rigors of International cricket. Why would any cricketer be motivated to work so hard when they can get so much more money with IPL? BCCI has also gotten fat with the money they make from IPL so even the Indian management is not focused on test and one day cricket.

Just wait and see demise of Indian cricket in the next decade

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