IPL 2013 news January 30, 2013

Clarke, Ponting get maximum reserve price


Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, the current Australian Test captain and his predecessor, have attracted the highest base price of $400,000 each ahead of the IPL player auction, which will be held on February 3 in Chennai. The Australian duo form part of the 101-strong list comprising players from eight countries, which was finalised by the IPL on Wednesday and distributed to the nine franchises.

In addition to a host of lesser-known players mainly from Australia and South Africa - the breeding ground of Twenty20 cricket - the list includes seven Indians, two Englishmen and Kevin O'Brien, the Ireland allrounder who is the lone representative from the Associates. The list once again does not feature Pakistani players.

Though Clarke has not played for Australia in Twenty20s since he retired from the format a couple of years ago, he was signed by the Pune Warriors last year outside of the auction. Now released by the franchise, Clarke is expected to be one of the few marquee names to go under the hammer. What stands in his favour are his successful leadership abilities along with a strong batting form last year.

In comparison, the 38-year-old Ponting, who retired from all forms of international cricket last November, may not sell as an equally-hot entity. Ponting made his IPL debut in 2008 with the Kolkata Knight Riders, but in 2010 the franchise bought out his contract.

Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the World Twenty20 crown last year, tops the list of first-timers with a base price of $100,000, and is part of the allrounders set. Ravi Bopara, the England allrounder, also has a list price of $100,000, the same as last season when he remained unsold. Another England player who was ignored last year, but has once again put his hat in the ring, is Matt Prior ($200,000); he is also one of the wicketkeepers available.

RP Singh and Abhishek Nayar top the list of players whose fortunes crashed badly last season. Singh, who was bought by Mumbai Indians in 2012 for $600,000, was released by the franchise after a lukewarm performance where he bagged 10 wickets from 11 matches and thereafter has failed to impress in the domestic cricket.

Nayar hit prolific form during Mumbai's victorious Ranji Trophy season this year to finish as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the 2011 auction for $800,000 but the franchise opted to release him after a dismal 2012 edition. Nayar has now entered the auction with a reserve price of $100,000.

Among the overseas players, Johan Botha is back in the auction at a list price of $300,000 after being released by Rajasthan Royals. They had paid an eyebrow-raising $950,000 during the 2011 player auction to bag Botha, a move that seemed puzzling considering Shane Warne was still the leading spinner for the inaugural IPL champions. Last year Botha fetched a poor return, bagging just nine wickets and scoring 58 runs in the eleven games he played.

This time around the majority of the franchises have predicted a low-key auction, reasoning that they had most bases covered during the previous two auctions. "Apart from filling in certain small gaps, I do not see any big action happening this time around. Also with the player contracts expiring after the 2013 season, it would be difficult to place your bets on any big buys," a franchise official told ESPNcricinfo.

Even the trading window, which opened on November 19, attracted scant attention from the franchises with one formal trade registered: T Suman, who played for Mumbai Indians in 2012, shifting to neighbouring Pune Warriors. The second trading window will be open from February 4 to 15. Each franchise has a salary cap of up to $12.5m to spend on their 2013 squad, which can contain a maximum of 33 players, including 11 from overseas.

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

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on February 2, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    @The_Ashes Totally agree with you man. Just shame of the Bangladeshi guys who are crying for BD players not taking part in the auction. Playing IPL is just for earning money and nothing else. They are already playing the BPL and getting some good amounts and the BPL is quite lengthy too, they are also getting that experience of international stars flavour. I would rather want them to play the BBL or Newzealand leagues or The County coz these will benefit them playing in the faster & bouncy pitches.

  • John on February 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @baghels.a on (February 02 2013, 08:51 AM GMT) ctd - Also IPL could affect India's test cricket because of the money and adulation involved. A young aspiring cricketer might be striving more to be a great IPL cricketer and not be so bothered about test matches. Re EPL. My point was that it's not just English players who get overpaid. Guys like Tevez , Van Persie , Hazard etc etc will all be on huge wages. Re other leagues , Italy is a real interesting one. There was an article back along re European attendances. AC and Inter get big crowds regularly and I think the Rome clubs do ok.I think the rest were fairly mediocre. Juve (who are one of the most successful Italian sides) get surprisingly poor support

  • John on February 2, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @baghels.a on (February 02 2013, 08:51 AM GMT) There is no proof either way re how IPL is affecting Indian cricket in the main just like there is no proof that EPL is affecting English football. But may I just put this to you. When India were number 1 and nearly won in SA etc , weren't pretty much all the players guys who came through before IPL came along. As it stands the further into the future we go the more players will be raised on IPL. We'll see what happens. My opinion is that EPL has adversely affected our national team. Some teams field 80-90% foreign players. When foreign players 1st came into the EPL it probably benefitted us - learning from the quality - but there comes a point when too many stifles the progress of homegrown players. We (IMO) went past that point some time ago. One difference is that IPL is just one format whereas EPL teams don't just have foreign players for a certain comp.

  • jayaesh on February 2, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @JG2704,brusselslion, I respect your opinion and your measured responses but i partially disagree on certain points.After the advent of IPL india has become no.1 in tests and came very close to winning away in SA in 2010/11, India also won the WC in 2011 and u-19 WC in 2012.lets assume if India do tremendously well in tests in near future we would not be attributing it's success to IPL , so similarly our recent test failures shoudn't be all lumped on IPL also. I am not saying IPL is the best out there but it is certainly most watched and followed, it is one of a kind.While in football world there are equally popular leagues such as Bundesliga,La Liga,Serie A .@JG2704, mate i agree both Indian cricketers and English footballers are overpaid. I don't begrudge any sportperson any single penny they earn which they rightfully deserve but when provoked i just put an counter arguement.

  • Jonny on February 1, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    I'm a Bangladesh fan and its ridiculous and unnecessary that some of my fellow fans are complaining about Bangladesh players not participating. IPL won't benefit our players the tracks are exactly the same and our players already play in BPL and earn plenty anyway. Also Bangladesh have 2 full tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and the latter one will clash with IPL so no chance of our players playing in IPL anyway franchises probably know this. I prefer if some of our players play in County Cricket instead.

  • John on February 1, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    On looking at the list apart from Ponting and Clarke , I'd say Gibbs and Nannes stand out as being a little pricey. Bargain of the auction has to be Phangiso who will surely go for much more than the base price

  • John on February 1, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Have to say Ponting and Michael Clarke are way overpriced which goes along with my theory that IPL franchises want marquee names above players who excel in this format. Also I'd say they will pay more for a batsman with a reputation for hitting a long ball than a bowler who will bowl 4 tight overs. I'm disappointed not to see more English players out there. I'm surprised Luke Wright hasn't put himself forward and (although I'm not sure how well he'd do) I thought Monty was putting himself forward - I didn't notice him listed. Guys like Swann and Tredwell would do a good job out there. Would like to have seen Jos out there but am more pleased he'll be playing for Somerset. Is Alf Thomas out there this time? If so I hope he spends more time on the pitch

  • John on February 1, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (January 31 2013, 09:29 AM GMT) Agree re Ponting and Clarke being overpriced. Is there some politics reason why no Pak players are involved? Hafeez would be another decent acquisition

    @baghels.a on (January 31 2013, 08:57 AM GMT) Have to agree with Brusselslion on this one. EPL in football totally mirrors IPL in pretty much all aspects. And re English football players being overpaid etc - true , but do you not also think that some overseas players get overpaid in EPL too? Why do you think they come to England to play football - for the exact same reason as overseas players do IPL?

  • Rakib on February 1, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    ipl is all about spending money lavishly and temporary entertainment. there is nothing cricketing benefit for the players but money.

  • Rakib on February 1, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    had some Bangladeshi players been included in the list and picked by the franchises , the number of IPL viewers would certainly have doubled because 160 millions people would support the franchise players are bought by. Most of the ipl viewers are from subcontinent. combining the number of viewers from AUS,SA,ENG won't be equal to Bangladesh. But when it comes to india-related thing, commercial benefits come first. so they don't need less -strong country's players.

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