IPL 2014 news January 29, 2014

Johnson, Haddin valued at top base price for IPL auction


Freshly-crowned Ashes heroes Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Steven Smith are part of a group of 31 players that has attracted the highest base price of Rs 20 million (US$ 320,000 approx.) for the IPL player auction to be to be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. They are part of the 232-strong auction list of capped players from ten countries, which was finalised by the IPL last week and distributed to the eight franchises.

There are 46 Indians on the list including prominent players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha and Yusuf Pathan, all of whom have been listed at the top base price of Rs 20 million. Irfan Pathan, the allrounder, is not in the top bracket but has been valued at Rs 15 million.

One notable absentee is fast bowler Varun Aaron, who is back with the national team after a lengthy injury lay-off. It was initially thought that he had skipped the IPL, but it has emerged that he is still getting his paperwork in place.*

Among the overseas players, some of the notable names missing are the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal, Australia's Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh, England's Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, and West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach.

With Sri Lanka touring Ireland and England this summer players like Sangakkara - who also has a young family - are likely to have decided to cool their heels before the UK trip. However Sangakkara's team-mates Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews have decided to enter the auction even if they are bound to miss the business end of the IPL.

Among the first-timers, New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson tops the list and could likely be one of the most sought-after players. Anderson hit the fastest ODI century, in 36 balls, against West Indies. The 23-year-old, who is now the fastest to register both a century and a five-for in an ODI career, has a base price of Rs 10 million. Anderson has been the best allrounder in the ongoing one-day series against India, which New Zealand have won.

Alex Hales, currently the No. 1-ranked batsman in Twenty20 internationals, is also searching for a top-bracket deal after that became a clause in the agreement he made with his county Nottinghamshire to be allowed into the auction. Both Hales and Samit Patel will only be allowed to participate should they secure the most lucrative contracts available.

The biggest England name in the list is Kevin Pietersen who is a free agent again after Delhi Daredevils opted not to retain any players. Although England's central contracts have clauses to allow players a period at the IPL - a period that has been extended under the new deals - Pietersen's IPL participation could well by a thorny issue again if there has been a breakdown in the relationship between him and England's team director Andy Flower as has been suggested.

As expected, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes have not put their names forward for this year's tournament even though both would have gathered significant interest. After the 5-0 Ashes whitewash there is a desire in English cricket for the rejuvenation of the Test side to be made a priority and both Broad and Stokes, who impressed in the Ashes, will be central to that. However, Ian Bell, who does not play T20 for England, has put his name forward.

Perhaps a little more surprising is the absence of Jos Buttler, England's explosive limited-overs wicketkeeper, who has a strong reputation in Twenty20. However, not joining the IPL means he will have an extended run of four-day County Championship cricket at the start of the English season to push his claims to be England's Test keeper - a role that is now far more fluid following Matt Prior's omission during the Ashes.

Once again Pakistan players will be not part of the auction although two Pakistan-born players - Azhar Mahmood (England) and Fawad Ahmad (Australia) - have been listed.

Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg, at 43, will be the oldest capped player in the auction and is listed at reserve price of Rs 15 million. Hogg was part of Rajasthan Royals till IPL 2013, though he played just the one match last season. The other 40-plus capped player is former Sri Lanka offspinner Muttiah Muralitharn (Rs 10 million), who was with Royal Challengers Bangalore last season.

Ryan ten Doeschate, who was with Kolkata Knight Riders till last year, is the solitary player form the Associates (Netherlands) and has a base price of Rs 10 million.

According to the new IPL player regulations, it has been decided that all players will be paid in Indian rupees from this year. Overseas players will be paid in the currency of their choice at the prevailing exchange rate on either the actual date of payment or contract due date, whichever is beneficial to the player.

Click here for the full list of capped players at the auction.

*January 29 4.00pm GMT This story was updated after Varun Aaron's status was clarified

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Danish on February 5, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils Try to Bid for these i Want Sehwag in DD. 1. Sehwag 2. David Warner/ Aron Finch/ Jesse Ryder 3. George Bailey/ Kevin Pietersen/ Eoin Morgan/ Ross Taylor 4. Dinesh Karthik/ Robin Uthappa 5. Yusuf Pathan/ Yuvraj Singh 6 . Nathan McCullum / Shakib Al Hasan/ Albie Morkel/ David Hussey/Steven Smith 7. Rajat Bhatia/ Irfan Pathan 8. Manpreet Gony/ Mohit Sharma/ Umesh Yadav 9. Praveen Kumar/ L Balaji/ RP Singh 10. Doug Bollinger/ Mitchell Johnson/Christophe Morris/ Mitchell McClenaghan 11. Amit Mishra/ P. Chawla/ Pragyan Ojha

  • ESPN on January 30, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Where is kevon cooper the rajasthans hero

  • udendra on January 30, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Chandimal is not T20 material anyway. I hope he polishes his ODI & Test skills rather than play T20.

  • ESPN on January 30, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Kkr will build strong side...Korbo lorbo jitbo

  • SSSugat on January 30, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Where iz d national hero of Nepal-Paras Khadka....and Sarad Vesawkar,Basanta Regmi as well who were excellent in the T20 qualifiers??

  • Ranil on January 29, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    If it means that Sanga & Chandimal have decided to opt out, Kudos to them for their brave decision. This should greatly help SL tour to UK in the spring.

  • Dawood on January 29, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Any body know what happen to Afghanistan Players any Afghan Player cam to IPL 2014....????

  • Android on January 29, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Guys don't grudge foreign players for making money at the IPL. Everybody gets what they deserve in life. Foreign players raise the profile of the Tournament and its amazing to see sporting enemies playing together in the same Team. Also strongly disagree that foreign players do not give 100%. Every one gives 200%. The competition is extremely fierce and thats why the IPL is such a huge and popular Tournament. You only have to see players like Warne, Hodge and Pollard and see their passion. Also a big welcome to Corey Andersen to the Mumbai Indians side ;o)

  • Afsar on January 29, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @PAK fans - Pakistan players will not be part of any IPL in future too, its risky for the franchises. Last year Pakistan players are in auction list but no player was bought by any franchise. Franchises learned their lesson from 2009 IPL, where some political tensions between India and Pakistan, PCB did not allow PAK players to participate IPL in SA (not in India). Most of the franchises got effected Eg: KKR got 5 PAK players and out of 9 foriegn players 5 players gone and they had to field with remaining 4 irrespective of their Form and fitness and that affects their strategies. No one knows what happens between Ind and PAK politcal affairs in future, so most of the franchises refrain from PAK players. PAK players might be talented but very less consistent except Misbah and Ajmal. IPL survived 5 years without PAK players and no doubt it will survive in future too.

  • John on January 29, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    re "Click here for the full list of capped players at the auction." - I tried clicking on it and it just seems to freeze up. Is there anything I should be doing different or is it that I do not have the programe to open it?

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 29, 2014, 20:22 GMT) Surprised you bother responding to J2 these days. He is to intellectual debate what Katie Hopkins is to tact/understanding and balanced views

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