IPL 2012 auction February 4, 2012

England players miss out on IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Not one of the five current England cricketers on sale in the IPL auction were sold. The only players from the current England squad who will play in the fifth season of the IPL are Kevin Pietersen - who was transferred to the Delhi Daredevils for a reported US$2million - Eoin Morgan, who is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad and Stuart Broad, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011.

James Anderson, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara did not attract any bids. Chris Tremlett had been included in the auction list but withdrew after flying home from England's tour of the UAE with an injury.

The news will be welcomed by the England management who wanted maximum time for England's players to rest after their tour of Sri Lanka, which ends on April 7, and prepare for the start of the international summer, which begins on May 17 against West Indies at Lord's.

Anderson hoped to use the IPL to press his claim for a recall to England's Twenty20 side ahead of the World Twenty20 in September, but his base price of $300,000 was too much to attract any interest. He last played Twenty20 cricket for England in 2009 and spoke out at players not being given more opportunities to develop their T20 skills.

Pietersen was transferred to the Daredevils from the Deccan Chargers before the auction. He will join India batsman Virender Sehwag and Australia's David Warner for the fifth season of the IPL. He was first signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009 for $1.55 million but when the players we re-auctioned in 2011, Pietersen saw his price tag fall to $650,000. Morgan, on the other hand, saw his price increase in the 2011 auction, when the Knight Riders bought him for $350,000. He had been the only England player to be handed a new contract before the 2010 season, when the Royal Challengers signed him for $220,000. Broad was bought for $400,000 by Kings XI in 2011.

Former England internationals Owais Shah - who played for the Cape Cobras in the Champions League in September - and Luke Wright - who turned out for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League, scoring a hundred from 44 balls against Hobart - were not bought. Ireland's Kevin O'Brien also missed out in Saturday's auction.

12:08 GMT, February 4: This story has been corrected to include the fact that Eoin Morgan will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Stuart Broad will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in the 2012 IPL

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  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Can someone tell why India avoiding Pak players in IPL or any other form of cricket competition with them. Is there a bigger reason. If the indians would like to have bigger money then I think they should not avoid Pak players for IPL or Pakistan cricket or hockey Team.

  • RandyOZ on February 6, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    England are literally the worst team on earth. After 100 odd years of being cellar dwellers they have a brief 6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports and then are already getting whitewashed by the likes of pakistan. Absolutely hilarious. Keep wiping that egg off your faces england fans, there is a lot more to come!!

  • RandyOZ on February 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    England are literally the worst team on earth. After 100 odd years of being cellar dwellers they have a brief 6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports and then are already getting whitewashed by the likes of pakistan. Absolutely hilarious. Keep wiping that egg off your faces england fans, there is a lot more to come!!

  • joseyesu on February 5, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    I assume partly that the Eng players are not picked after the very ordinary show against PAK. Ind is a land of spin. But if Swan could have got more wickets, he would have been auctined.

  • VAS4 on February 5, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Does anyone know any legal online streaming in UK to watch cricket? I mean to watch it on computer rather than TV. Fed up of the frustrating illegal streaming channels. I dont want sky because they are very expensive.

  • MacGyver2528 on February 4, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    I have lost interest in the IPL. It's become too boring because Test cricket has made come back and I am loving it. I am not saying we should stop T20 cricket but as we get used to it its starting to find it's place in the game we love. I think the reason Test matches are making a come back is because the wickets are becoming 'fair' and not batting paradises. Bowlers have a better chance now than in the last 10-15yrs or so. T20 is about batting not about Bowling. Cricket needs both. Maybe someone should invent a shorter version of cricket where the bowlers have the upper hand with scores of 20-60 are the norm with bowlers taking loads of wickets at amazing strike rates and economy rates.

  • spence1324 on February 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Ipl man who cares? England are t20-t20 WORLD CHAMPIONS.I rather they play first class matches in england than any indian morning milk run tournament!

  • Unmesh_cric on February 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    It's a bit strange that nobody opted for Kevin O'Brien...I thought at least Rajasthan, who are generally smart about buying players, would go for him. Kevin O'Brien could be a terrific T20 player..a bad miss by the franchises!

  • dummy4fb on February 4, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Seriously who outside of India cares about the IPL? It's a poor quality, overlong, commercialised to the hilt Mickey Mouse competition full of fading stars looking for their last big pay cheque. The fact that world beaters like Ravindra Jadeja and Vinay Kumar command million dollar fees, while Kevin O'Brien and 5 quality England players go unwanted shows the blinkered attitude of the owners. Meanwhile India have been hammered 4-0 in their last 2 away test series. The BCCI need to get their priorities straight.

  • Blacknwhite on February 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Boys pls read the last line....Cricinfo forgot to mention Morgan at first instant...because Narbavi mentioned they included it...pls see ur mistake before mentioning others....

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