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Clarke, Ponting get maximum reserve price

Nagraj Gollapudi

January 30, 2013

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Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting added 102 for the second wicket on either side of the rain break, South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Centurion, October 19, 2011
Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting are the only two players with a base price of $400,000 in the 2013 IPL auction list © Getty Images

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.

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Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by saifur.raffael 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.

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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.

Posted by baghels.a 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.

Posted by The_Ashes 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.

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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?

Posted by JACK.SPARROW 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.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW 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.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

If they take Ponting as captain & mentor then his price is worth it otherwise not coz he is the best ever captain in cricket history

Posted by kkk999 on (February 1, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

dont think ricky ponting will get any buyers...watch out for thisara perera martin guptill and ryder.... where is tamim iqbal?? has any team purchased him??..

Posted by star_ben on (February 1, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

wat about giving chance 2 the pak players 2 participate in ipl???its time 2 end ol the crisis betn india n pakistan..so i think pak players should b given chance 2 play ipl n 2 show

Posted by saifur.raffael on (February 1, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

To all Bd peoples..plyrs like nasir,mushfiq,sohag,mahmudullah and tamim will not die simply just not playing IPL ,i would rather prefer them to play in d BBL or in d Counties. IPL is just useless for them ,they will hardly get any experience playing there. IPL is just entertainment and money.Which they r already getting in BPL. So its good to see them not playing in d IPL.

Posted by thinkpositively on (February 1, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Why IPL committee ignored Bangladeshi players. I am surprised. We all know there are some BD players who are capable to play IPL (Mahmudullah, Nasir, Mushfique, Razzak, Ashraful, Mashraffe). There are some local players ( Sabbir Rahman, Zaiur Rahman, Nazmul Hossain Milon) and they have the potential. In the list, there are lots of players who are not better than BD player. As a neighbor, I hope IPL committee will recognize BD players. Please Think Positively.

Posted by Pickpocket on (February 1, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

This is a very poor look that r listed here. Some C or D grade player r chosen here. Tamim plays in NZ t20 gets lots of run. In Bpl Bopara, Tait can'nt do nothing. Other Ausies & England player like Brad Hodge, owais shah, Luke wright, Mascarenhas or other are below the average. But some Bd players r rocking there like Nasir, Mushfiqur, Shahriar, Mahmudullah, Shamsur, Nazmul hossain. If we see 4-5 players is played in four five team of IPL >100 million Bangladeshi supporters will watch Bpl. I never miss any match of KKR. Bcoz Sakib is there. Watching of KKR match in TV is highest number is bcoz BD fan watch only KKR match.

Posted by wiseshah on (January 31, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

clarke, ponting are not best T20 player, we have seen what they have done previously. any west indian is best buy, NZ and england are not bad either. they should think of player caliber rather than countries name. i am sure ireland, bangladesh and zimbabwe have much better T20 player than lots of from this list

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 31, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

I should add... $400k for Punter? Maybe a few years ago, but I reckon that'll turn out to be a four figure sum per ball survived.

(Now watch as he rolls back the years and murders every bowler he faces!)

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 31, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

@ squarepeg: $100,00 for Darren Sammy? I reckon that's a bargain. A wholehearted and underrated cricketer.

Posted by xylo on (January 31, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

I don't understand the logic of people questioning the availability of Clarke in the IPL when he could not make it to the national T20 team. Did Sachin ever play for the Indian T20 team?

Posted by wiseshah on (January 31, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

IPL should have mahmudullah riad, nasir hossain, masakadza, stirling, shapoor zadran, mushfiq rahim, ashraful, brendon taylor, jacob oram instead of C grade aussie or random SL player

Posted by fguy on (January 31, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

fans here wanting ponting. really?? he was a miserable failure when he played here for kkr. & that was when he was in his prime. also his overall record as batsman in india is v.v. poor. & now he's touching 40 he's a guaranteed failure. he's just looking for a quick buck to fund his nest egg. hopefully indian owners will be smart enough to see that & he'll remain unsold as i suspect.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@Dilruksh: I think Kapugedera is often criticized in SL for not making full usage of his chances, a bit like Rohit Sharma in India. However, a side question that I have for you is how do you know that the surname of Isuru is Gallage?

Posted by squarepeg on (January 31, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Sammy will be a top buy, as also Dhananjay for RR, PWI, DD and KXIP. Abhishek Nayyar would fit in well in KKR who are short of domestic quality. CSK, RCB and MI really don't need to do much- they have a super team in any case.

Posted by applethief on (January 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

@Harmony111 Amla refuses to play IPL, he finds the theatrics and dancing girls to be gaudy and offensive. Until that changes, don't expect to see him in the IPL

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

MI & Pune were already very much interested in Clark so he will get good contract, RR, kings & Hyd may look for ponting but hard luck. This is last auction before the main auction comes in 2014 so it will be low profile auction other than these two.

Posted by brusselslion on (January 31, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@baghels.a on (January 31 2013, 08:57 AM GMT): ".. EPL is the most overhyped football league in the world and some of the English footballers are massively overpaid compared to more talented foriegn players." I couldn't agree more. However, replace 'EPL' with 'IPL'; 'football' with 'cricket' and 'English' with 'Indian' then doesn't the sentence also ring true? Just as the rise of the EPL has not, unfortunately, lead to an improvement in the ability of English borne footballers, the ability of Indian borne cricketers vis-a-vis their overseas counterparts seems to have declined with the advent of the IPL.

Posted by rethanjogi on (January 31, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

i think probably chennai will look for nathan-conter-nail an wonderfull death bowler hyd must go for maxwell,nayer, compulsory nd thisara nd botha if possible

Posted by sunrisersfan on (January 31, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Common sunrisers buy abhishek nayar,RP singh,sammy or perera....(u have 7 million in your kitty use them)... and hopefully mumbai buys ponting it will be dream combination sachin and mumai opening for MI

Posted by SamNY2013 on (January 31, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

IPL is fast becoming a "retimrement plan" for old cricketers. Will sell more tickets but not improve skills that much.

Posted by Dilruksh on (January 31, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

i agree with Isuru Gallage in considering Chamara Kapugedara

Posted by shashi00123 on (January 31, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

What about Venugopal Rao? He is not in this list. Whether any team have signed him?

Posted by isuru.91 on (January 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

I'm pretty sure that Chamara Kapugedara would be advantageous if some team buys him in this year's IPL.. He has now become a master hitter and a consistent batsman.. Hopefully, he would be called back to the Sri Lankan national squad for the next tour :)

Posted by first_slip on (January 31, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

@ Kirstenfan, De Cock = Lara? cant stop laughing mate, De Cock is another Jurnymen cricketer, no talent what so ever,

Posted by saikrishna246 on (January 31, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

sun risers want to buy nayar, maxwell, perera(or)sammy, aron finch

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 31, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Imagine Ponting being taken by MI and then we would get to see Ponting and Sachin opening the innings together for MI in the IPL. 5 yrs back it would have really meant two top class batsmen but it would still be a draw near the top shelf. Is Amla available for the bids? If yes then it could be 1-2-3 for MI there...wow.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 31, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

@bigdhonifan.. Tamim was released by PWI last year.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 31, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

As for Bangla fans, Shakib is not released by KKR, so he will be playing and same for Tamim with PWI

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 31, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I am really surprised that Clarke who made a lot of hue and cry of putting country first 2years back, is the auction now...

And secondly these 2 guys aren't good enough for the 50 over game, leave alone T20 format.

Ponting was never a t20 player and has been in poor form for 2 years, clarke struggles to get the bowl off the square in Odi's...

Who ever picks them, will waste their money.

Posted by Sanjana_p on (January 31, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

I laugh at people who act so naive when they say 'I wonder why no pakistanis'. You clearly know why and dont act so innocent! To some others who are from outside the subcontinent, again dont act naive and say 'india and pakistan' has problems but why not involve pakistani players! I wonder why none of your countries agree to play in pakistan then! Like I said, acting naive is not recommended. We all know why!

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

dont know what the fuss is about. people first said Amla cannot play tests then he showed them next they said he is not a one day player and he averages over 50. next they said he cannot play t20 and in england he scored. I have no doubt that Clarke and pointing can be successfull in the IPL. Its not as if the indian bowlers are as good as the country bowlers.

Posted by mar2000 on (January 31, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Clarke and Ponting are not players for the short format . Clarke is slow in getting runs and Pointing is way pass his best with a failing eye sight . How can the players get this kind of funds .

Posted by hariharan_cricinfo on (January 31, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

My choice would be ::: Csk - Rp Singh n Fidel Edwards, MI- Aaron Finch to partner Sachin, Thisara Perara to RCB, Sunrisers - Ravi Bopara

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 31, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Teams...Go for Davide Wisse of SA...He will be an asset ...I think Sun risers can go for Wisse and Ponting may go to RR as Skipper

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (January 31, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Clarke/Ponting will be the equivalent of what Dravid was for RR last season - a solid opener. But, do they deserve that high an amount is a question for another day and can only be answered by hindsight.

Posted by cricket_frenzy on (January 31, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

I respect both ponting and clarke's value as cricketers, but ii won't be surprised if they are not bought at all by any team(or can only be bought by PWXI).Ponting is old and with only 4 foreign players allowed in playing 11, no team will want to invest in just improving the bench strength(when they know he will never be in playing 11). Clarke is not a t20 specialist. His captaincy skills are valuable but again getting into playing 11 just for captaincy may not serve purpose.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 31, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

I dont understand how Ponting and Clark can be an attraction in T20 - neither of them are suited to the game or had success, infact both were kept out of the Aus team on a constant basis. Also what is it with these missing Pakistan players. I do realise there are some tensions between the countries but they just played a series in Ind so dont get what is going on.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@sampi72 - That doesn't mean Pomersbach will be bought for just 50k. It's only the base price. He might as well get sold for 500k or 1 million in the auction, who knows. BTW, base prices are assigned by the players themselves. Aaron Finch has set his base price at 200k because he is confident enough that franchises are ready buy him for 200k or more. We saw Herschelle Gibbs setting his base price at a modest 50k last year. This year, he has set it at 200k. Base price is all about the confidence of the player.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 31, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

RP Singh will get picked by Dhoni (his bestmate). CSK badly wants an Indian medium-fast (we dont make them fast in this part of the world)..and the fact that there are just 2 or 3 in that list will make RP fav. Afterall he travelled all the way from Miami to UK to play in a Test match, coz Dhoni wanted him. my big picks for CSK would be - McDermott, Thisara, Falkuner, Henriques, Coulter-Nile. There is no point in picking a batsman or even an allrounder or keeper for CSK. They need a fast bolwer with Dougie gone, Ben injured and Albie not playing much..they need a McDermot or Falkuner to run in and bowl fast.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (January 31, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

How do these two have such high prices? They are woeful in this format. I watched Clarke for Pune quite a few times last year... he was abysmal. As one of the best test batsmen in the world he should focus on his longer game. Punter, again, is not worth much but at least he has time to invest in the league, plus he seems better at the shortest format than pup.

If IPL teams pay big money for these two and ignore the likes of Rana Naved, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Nasir Jamshed there is something seriously wrong with them.

Posted by sampi72 on (January 31, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Out of form Upul Thanranga for 100,0000 while the best batsman in BBL pomersbach for 50,000 and Thisara Perera for 50,000...Are u kidding...Can this be happend? I am wondering about how they decide the reserve price....

Posted by slacker77725 on (January 31, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Csk would like to get henriques/morris/hazzlewood, and indian pace bowler

Posted by Patchmaster on (January 31, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Prior seems like bargain - possibly the worlds best keeper who can be a destructive batsmen - for half the price of boring Mr Clarke

Posted by sherishahmir on (January 31, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Surprisingly no Pakistani players in the list, despite the all 3 top bowlers of the T20 r from Pak and also have stunning all rounders and on the top recent wins in India.

Posted by anshu.s on (January 31, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Can anybody tell me what is happening in regards with uncapped Indian players, were they not supposed to put for auction also ??

Posted by baghels.a on (January 31, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

@Jayjuz, while T-20 cricket might not be a through examinations of your skills and temprament as test cricket but it is not definetly no hit and giggle,sure there is a lot of hitting involved but no giggling for sure.This term hit and Giggle was coined by some English purists when T-20 was first introduced in England in 2003.T-20 cricket nowdays are very hard fought, intense affairs with no quaters given and taken.@WAKE_UP_CALL,Ravindra Jadeza performances for India and Saurashtra has shown that he is anything but ordinary.As for Saurabh Tiwary please check his batting average in First class and list a, they are might fine.I find your comparison with EPL is way of the mark as EPL is the most overhyped football league in the world and some of the English footballers are massively overpaid compared to more talented foriegn players .I can give you loads of examples but it would not be proper for a cricket website.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 31, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

How are these prices set? Do the players themselves nominate a reserve or someone else? Either way hopefully Clarke will be at home preparing for the Ashes during the IPL. Hopefully there will come at time when the IPL is the only major t20 competition and has a complete window set aside for it so that all players who wish to play can. Without most Englishmen and all Pakistanis it is lacking. The Big Bash which is costing/wasting Cricket Australia money should step aside and never be spoken of again.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 31, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

The IPL serves a very useful purpose for cricketers in the long twilight of their careers. For not too much effort (such as that involved in representing your country in the white heat of Test match cricket) their pension pots can be & are significantly increased by being 'purchased' by one of the franchises. This is therefore a good move for Ponting & a short-sighted move by Michael Clarke, esp. considering his upcoming commitment to carry the Ozzie batting over two back-to-back Ashes series. I see this competition as the ideal home banker for cricketers winding down their careers, not those who have years ahead of them in cricket that matters. @GeoffreysMother has put it succinctly: gold before green & gold. Ah well, at least KP will be making some early guest appearances, so a few million can shout their heads off. Have a good party, India! Don't eat too much of the food on offer; it has little food-value in cricketing terms. But you knew that anyway.

Posted by AnImpatientFan on (January 31, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Absolute bargain in Philip Hughes, leading run-scorer in the County T20 championship and List A and T20 averages of over 50. Worth way more than longer format specialists Ponting and Clarke at 1/4 of the price.

Posted by Cric_Janbaz on (January 31, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I agree that quinton dekock is a classy batsman,one for future but chris morris is over rated.Don't people remember how bad he was beaten on supporting pitches of SA during CL T20 and in India pitches are not as good...

Posted by ooper_cut on (January 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

CSK should be looking for good wicket taking bowlers after letting dougie go. Phangiso would be a great buy for any team, so will De Cock be.

Posted by satishchandar on (January 31, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Among the bowlers in RP, Pankaj, Sudeep, Jaidev, I expect Jaydev and RP to be top targets. Teams might prefer Pankaj or Tyagi just to warm the bench. As a Chennai guy, I would like CSK to go for RP/Jaidev at full flow and pick them like they did for RJ last year. Jaffer is the only batsman and he wouldn't get any pickers this time for this format. Also doubt whether Nayar will attract that strong bid this time. Among the foreigners, Botha, Dan Christian(At lower price. He was overpriced @ 900k but a decent pick at lower price), Clarke, Finch, Pomersbach(showed huge promise in BBL), Bollinger, Nannes, Edwards, Herath, Jeevan Mendis, Styris look good enough to attract bids. Would like CSK to fetch one fast bowler from India as well as away.

Posted by VicPride on (January 31, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Seriously? Ponting is a washed up former star who should focus on developing Tasmania's next generation cricketers and Clarke is simply not worth that much for T20 cricket. Sure, he can play the big shots but these days it is not as natural for him as it used to be. Obviously he is a fantastic test player and a solid ODI player. In ODI's he can easily play the ball to the gaps and take two's and three's to allow him to score at a good strike rate but for T20 he can't do this and is required to try and clear the boundry more often than is natural for him. I think he should focus on maintaining his test match form and resting his back, hamstring and ankle, for the good of Australian and world cricket. He is too classy to waste time in the IPL.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 31, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Kane Richardson, Henry Davids, Wasim Jaffer, Rangana Herath, Dirk Nannes, Matthew Wade, Johan Botha, Abhishek Nayar, RP Singh can be valuable assets 2 teams ..... May RCB or CSK buy Richardson as they lack a good death bowler ... I think Mumbai would chase Davids, Wade and Clarke as the openers ... Botha would be chased by Rajasthan, Punjab and Pune( not sure rahul sharma will play for them ) ... And Delhi would love having a spinner ... I dont think KKR will buy something except any Indian player in the auction

Posted by Kirstenfan on (January 31, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

@Highveldhillbilly - you're spot on, those 3 are all great buys - Morris bowls 140+, great slower ball and can smash it, Wiese is a huge longball hitter and his cutters could work well there, and de Kock is young and immature but so dynamc (looks like Lara at times I think).

Is McKenzie in the auction (haven't checked the list)

Posted by jabbarahmed on (January 31, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

ponting still best player in t20....i hope kkr luking forward ricky ponting....i really wana see ponting in this adition of ipl.......he is legend...all time favour captain or batsman...

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 31, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

sad to see pakistani star palyers like afridi etc have no buyers in both bpl and now ipl..

Posted by bhanuma_nagadeep on (January 31, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Pune needs a couple of big hitters and wicketkeeper...they might look for matt prior, kevin obrien, richard levi...

MI is full of hitters...they should look for someone who could stabilize their batting, Clarke would be a good bet as he can captain as well

RR,SunRisers,Punjab might look for RP Singh,Pankaj Singh,Sudeep Tyagi...

DD needs a spinner and they hv lot of options to chose frm (ajantha mendis, johan botha,rangana herath, suraj randiv, jeevan mendis )

RCB needs indian batsmen, but jaffer and nayar will add least value to them

KKR, CSK has every base covered but KKR mi8 spoil RR,SR,Punjabs party by looking for RP Singh/Sudeep Tyagi

Posted by krik8crazy on (January 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Agree 100% with Hamid. Stop saying player got "bought" or "sold"! It is crude and disrespectful.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@KallisTheGreatest spot on , you should become a Team managers .. but i'm not sure about James Faulkner

Posted by Avi56 on (January 31, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Surprised to see no bangladeshis...RCB should go for RP Singh as they need one extra fast bowler in the team...or the next best option is Daniel Christian because of his all round ability which could be a bonus for them with a fast bowler and a finisher....if not the aboce then one domestic indian fast bowler which would be good to get Pankaj singh former RCb player...pune should go for Philip Hughes a good batsman at number 3...Kings Xi should go for Johan Botha as they are missing one fine all rounder...

Posted by Edassery on (January 31, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Ponting had a decent outing with Big Bash League. However, they lost a chance to play in IPL with that kind of floor price.

As someone suggested, IPL franchises should look at countries like Ireland for good but affordable players.

Posted by highveldhillbilly on (January 31, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Wow there are some South Africans going cheap. I promise you $60k spent on CMorris, D Wiese and Q De Kock would be money very, very well spent especially Morris. De Kock will struggle with spin but even if he unleashes for the first 4 overs it's a win especially compared to some of the prices for players like Pointing, Styris etc. Has beens that will add very little and cost a lot.

Posted by Kunal Juneja on (January 31, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

for Ponting to play in the ipl, he must lower his base price quite dramatically, else i don't see anyone being interested in buying him for that big price,, hoping that he does so, would love to watch him play here..

Posted by ajayrcs on (January 31, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Ponting deserve more than his base price.

Posted by Hamid1 on (January 31, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

Of course this IPL concept has been "Borrowed" from the US football and basketball franchises where you pick players out of a pool (similar to a draft pick). However its sad that in the IPL they are using terms like "buying some player for a certain price" or such and such was not SOLD. You cannot associate a price for a player because a player is not a THING. You have to say base salary not base price. Also you say a player was "Picked" not SOLD because these players are not slaves. The IPL sounds like a success but they should correct their terminology one of these days. When readers such as me living in the US read these terms, it makes us (at least me) laugh.

Posted by jaguar7777 on (January 31, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

i cannot beleive that michaell clarke and ricky pointing can attrack any money at all leave alone $400000.they are great test cricketers and have been good odi players,but mediocre 20-20 players in my opinion.icannot visualise they making winning contributions to whichever team they play.

Posted by kc69 on (January 31, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

IPL should consider more players from Associate cricketing nations like Ireland,Zimbabwe and Afganistan where there is a lot of talent and less oppertunities.

Posted by oweniit on (January 31, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Thisara will attract some teams. 50k is not a bad buy. I am sure Clark will be picked by someone. May be Mumbai Indians where they need some strong batsman. Ponting played well in Big Bash but I highly doubt he will be picked. Kusal Perera wont be a bad idea also for 20k.

Posted by Madhavan.Varun on (January 31, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

I think its safe to assume neither are going to attract any bids...

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Clark is not at all a good T20 Player. Ponting is worth and value for money.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (January 31, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Delhi need a good spinner.According to the list Phangiso or Ajantha Mendis will be a good buy for them.Mumbai need a captain.so Clarke will be a good option. In my opinion, Sri Lankan all rounder Thisara Perera, Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder & Ausie all rounder James Faulkner are the 3 most useful & inform players in the list.

Posted by __PK on (January 31, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

How is Australia and South Africa "the breeding ground for Twenty20 cricket?" Or are you trying to say that the host of lesser-known players is the breeding ground? I doubt that a host of male players is going to breed anything. Pomersbach and Thisara Perera would be great value for $50k.

Posted by Anwaruzz on (January 31, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Does not any Bangladeshi merit in the list ??

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

Strictly my personal feeling ( May not be becoming a Reality !) -I smell something bad here. As the player price of Paonting and Clarke is high, teams will not be in favour of them in the auctions. So they will remain unsod. It is the best(worst) way to show Indian's enemity towards Australians just like what they did to pakistani players in the 2nd or 3rd edition.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

And he is back in IPL... Being a KKR fan myself, I would love to see Ponting in action in our team again.... And any other team would be a strong opponent to play against... Either way I wish he would be picked up in the auction....

Posted by WAKE_UP_CALL on (January 31, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

IPL doesnt justify the value of players.it baffles me when you have mediocre players as saurabh tiwary,yousuf pathan,jadeja earling in millions.this is sheer shame that the true value of sportsman is not brought in front unlike the EPL WHERE ONLY TRUE STARS are payed highly.franchises think tank have to make sure they have right players so that fans can be loyal otherwise it just irritates when no good players are payed hefty amounts which really is monstrous to cricket.i have no issues if t20 specialists are payed good amounts but at least they should justify their talent in t20.i wont mind if guys like glenn maxwell or thisara perrera or samuels are paid in millions coz they bring excitement on the field.

Posted by TheSachinGod on (January 31, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Just watch.. both will go unsold LOL

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 31, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Get the clown suits and laughing gas out boys and girl, its hit and giggle time! I went to my 1st T20 game recently - AUS vs SL game 1 - and I admit I was disappointed. To me the gap between winning and losing is just too narrow, and a couple of mishits can change the entire game. In that game SL got 2 boundaries behind the keeper from complete mishits in the 13th over, and that changed the entire game. Much prefer longer formats.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Alex Hales should be in IPL but his county banned players that is sad he would be another great addition

Posted by HambaanakaKewa on (January 31, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

Ponting and Clerk are not reputed T20 players. They in there for their names. Clerk is not even in the Australian T20 team. Man IPL thinking baffles fans.

Posted by dandeboyina on (January 31, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

i can only see sunrisers hyderabad buying more players than anyone else....need some indian batsmen badly.....

Posted by Hemayatullah on (January 31, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

hey dis is nt good , there is only 1 player from associates countries, there should be more , afghanistan hve good bowlers like shapoor zadran , dawlat zadran ,dey have good batsman also like mohammad nabi samiullah shinwari ,,,etc .these players r playing in BPL but in ipl dey dont hve chance y y y , if u want to make dis game a world recognized game if u have to help minor team by giving them a just to play with main team ,,,,,

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

The IPL needs more genuine Fast Bowlers and West Indians, every time they sign a West Indian they deliver from Pollard Bravo's Gayle Narine even Kevon Cooper and Andre Rusell ! CHRIS BARNWELL, TINO BEST, BADREE ,SAMMY, an EDWARDS would all be good buys for the IPL

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

WHY ? Clarke isn't even good enough to make OZ national side he is a terrible t20 batsman

Posted by xylo on (January 31, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Mumbai Indians' hope in this season hinges them on getting captaincy material - either one of Ricky Ponting or Clarke should do them wonders instead of the laughable Harbhajan Singh.

Posted by here2rock on (January 31, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Michael Clarke would be waste of money. He is the Australian captain and won't play many matches due to his national duties. Ricky Ponting could be valuable for someone who is looking for leadership qualities, he is still great in the field though his batting days are over. I don't think he will be a good buy. Johan Botha at a list price of $300,000 is over priced considering how poor he was last year. RP Singh has lost his way, I still believe he is a good bowler needing some guidance. Philip Hughes could have a good buy but he is also the part of the Australian set up now. Manpreet Gony reserve price of $200,000, a wishful thinking! Alister McDermott is interesting name on the list.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 31, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Seems like Clarke might be worth that money but I'm not sure about Ponting these days. That said, despite his excellent form recently, there are probably a number of batsman who could do a better job than Clarke in T20. I'm not sure what the keeping stocks are like in the IPL but Prior's poor showing in the BBL will certainly not help his chances at that price.

Posted by helloajs on (January 31, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

only four players from new zealand? no one from Bang and Pak.. Wow..

Posted by jkidst on (January 31, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

Bargains - Pomersbach, Tsotsobe, Rohrer,

Posted by qpzmwoxn on (January 31, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

There are a few good players there but it is interesting to see Ricardo Powell on the list

Posted by wiseshah on (January 30, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

list is full of aussie and saf.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 30, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

IPL do not benefit any indian young players. What i am seeing is more of the same whats happening in each state cricket board. if you have connection in state cricket board you get selected. I really want to divide india into 25 states and call it indian union like european union. that way more people gets noticed.

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (January 30, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Is Clarke really going to the IPL? With Hussey's retirement does this mean that Australia has given up on the Ashes? Seems gold matters more than green and gold these days.

Posted by mar2000 on (January 30, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

This is why the players are in the 20/20 frame of mind . With all this money out there in the short format , only the die-hard will stick to Test Cricket . The 50 over game has out-lived its usefulness .

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 30, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Michael Clarke didn't sell for $50,000 so why would he sell for $400,000? Nobody will want him. Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, is a very good T20 cricketer and may well fetch that price.

Posted by boomboomrazzaq on (January 30, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

I think it is indeed very saddening that Pakistani players have again not been included on the auction list... However, it would be interesting to see whether this was a decision based on Pakistani players not wanting to compete; or if it was the BCCI/IPL governing body stopping them from competing.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 30, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Punter Can't wait to see Your Batting....Eagerly waiting Punter My Best.....all The best Punter....

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