IPL 2010 January 19, 2010

Kieron Pollard, Shane Bond attract maximum bids

Cricinfo staff

Kieron Pollard and Shane Bond were the biggest buys at the third IPL auction in Mumbai, each fetching the maximum possible bid of $750,000 but the biggest surprise was the fact that not a single Pakistan player was signed up by any of the franchises.

Tuesday's auction was low-key compared to the previous two, the franchises guided more by player availability than star power (the first year's trend) or pure Twenty20 skills, as in 2009. Ten overseas slots were filled, and Mohammed Kaif became the eleventh senior player signed up on the day.

However, there was not a single bid for any Pakistani player, though most of the World Twenty20-winning team was up for auction - including Shahid Afridi, the captain, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul and Umar Akmal. What made the blackout stranger was that the names had been placed on the auction list by the franchises expressing an interest in the players.

The official explanation was that the players were overlooked for reasons of availability and cricket strategy. "The franchises had the option to pick any player. If you look, they [Pakistan players] were not the only ones not picked," Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said. "There were other players, too, who were not picked in the auction."

Their loss was others' gain, most notably Bond. The New Zealand fast bowler, who recently quit Test cricket to focus on the shorter forms of the game, saw his value rise the most, from a base price of $100,000 to the cap of $750,000 before Kolkata Knight Riders - who entered the bidding at $640,000 - and Deccan Chargers submitted their secret bids. Kolkata won, bidding an undisclosed amount.

"From what we have understood he [Bond] wouldn't be playing Test matches anymore and will play only ODIs and Twenty20 games," Jai Mehta, co-owner of Kolkata, explained after the auction. "Yes, he has been prone to injuries but his coach said he is in pretty good shape. We wanted a fast bowler with experience and he provides us that."

Bond's sale was the auction's second tie-breaker; the first was among four franchises for Pollard, the explosive West Indies allrounder with a base price of $200,000. He was eventually signed up by Mumbai Indians, who beat off Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata. "The team strategy, discussed between Sachin Tendulkar, TA Sekar and Robin Singh was that we wanted a batting allrounder and we are happy to have him," Nita Ambani, who represented Mumbai at the auction, said.

Pollard and Bond's final price was not disclosed and Modi said only he and the successful bidders would be privy to that information.

The two other notable signings were Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, who was bought by Deccan for $720,000, and South Africa's Wayne Parnell, bought by Delhi Daredevils for $610,000. "It is great for the player and he has a big future ahead of him," Modi said of Roach's price. "He is 100% available and that could have been a big factor [in his sale]. They [Deccan] needed a fast bowler and he met their requirement.

Eoin Morgan, the England batsman, was picked up by Bangalore for $220,000. Offspinner Graeme Swann was one of the players in the first auction pool but he did not get any bids at his base price of $250,000. Modi said that player availability was an important factor in the team's strategies.

"Yes, availability is a serious issue with all teams without doubt, based on that the teams have formed strategies," Modi said. "Eoin Morgan was not available 100 % of the time earlier but, before the auction, he was released for the full time by the ECB and hence he was bought."

Mohammad Kaif, the only Indian up for auction, went unsold in the first round of bidding but was later signed up by Punjab for $250,000.

Only three of India's Under-19 players, priced at Rs. 800,000 each, were eligible to play in the IPL and they were chosen by a draft system. Bangalore picked U-19 captain Ashok Menaria, Deccan went for Harmeet Singh and Mumbai opted for Harshal Patel.

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  • A on January 20, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    IPL shouldn't be recognized by ICC. This is an insult to Pakistani players, haven't them put in the auction and intentionally not bidding them. Indian players don't have the star power which Pakistani players like Afridi and even Akmal and Aamer the newcomers do. Pakistan should boycott by playing India.

  • Great on January 20, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    India and Indian cricket fans never like cricket they just like Indian cricket and their players, no matter how worse they play.You remember how they expose in T20 world cup and champion trophy. Other than money IPL is very low standard of cricket , as you have seen in Champion League how Indian teams lost even they have international players. Its good for Pakistani players to away this low standard cricket ,in fact they are already world champion in T20.

  • Mark on January 20, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Being private franchises, the teams can pick whomever is the right fit for their side. Just maybe the Pakistan players didn't fit into these teams' plans??? Not everything has to be political. The best comment would have to be whether Shane Bond will be able to bowl as well as Sohail Tanvir or "Shoib". 1 Shane Bond is worth 20 Sohail Tanvir's, even if Bond is 34 and injury-prone.

  • P on January 20, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    I am starting to like IPL. It is perfect capitalism and free markets in play. The best are rewarded. In fact, I see that IPL will have a great impact on test and ODI cricket because players have to build their reputation to win a contract in IPL. As far as Pak. players are concerned, I am not totally surprised. Why should anyone pick Pak. players who recently clinched defeat out of jaws of victory in the 2nd test against Australia. A 3-0 loss to Australia totally ruined marketability of Pak. players. If Pak. players want contracts next year then start bowling like Bond, Roach and hitting like Pollard. If they do, then I would not be surprised if they dominate in IPL 4.

  • Andrew on January 20, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    South Australia must be happy. Afridi not getting picked up for the IPL means that come champions league time he will be playing for them and not some IPL team named after beverages and David hasselhoff tv shows. He was a great T20 performer in the big bash. I personally would be happy if the IPL ignored all aussie players as well so they can just focus on the international games.

  • Dheeraj on January 20, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    I feel that players from Associate Nations like Netherlands and Canada would have been the best deal in the whole IPL auction. Ryan ten doeschate of Netherlands, has an ODI average of 61.00 and first class average of 48. His 2020 record is pretty good, and I am sure any team could have snared him for a great deal. We only need to look to the first IPL season and note how much of a bargain the man of series Rajasthan Royals' Shane Watson was!

  • John on January 20, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Probably political, Mumbai was the centre of previous attacks. As a fan I can see why many Pakistan players would not be picked up by foreign cricket captains, lack of winning mentality, this is after watching them in Australia this year. Shahid Afridi, Tanvir and Umar Gul should of course have been selected but perhaps they didnt fit the bill for the price. Bond is a quality fast bowler, Pollard was the marque player of the Champion League and has had a great Australian domestic tournamet. Kemar Roach blew Ponting away and would easily be picked ahead of Mohammed Ammer. Two Australians were taken at bargain basement prices Voges for $50k and Martyn form$100k both picked by Shane Warne, its a case of who you know to a degree. I am ashamed for India and disappointed for Afridi, Tanvir and Gul them not being in this competition is a corruption of pure sport and therefore the IPlL and us the consumers are also losers.

  • param on January 20, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    @adiweb & jacksparrows: if test performance is the basis for selecting T20 teams, then how come Roach and Pollard got such big bids?? Pollard hasnt performed in a single test while even Roach strung together only a couple of decent spells and even WI lost 2-0 to Aus??

  • ahmed on January 20, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    atleast pakistan players learned something from it i hope now they will play for pakistan and not for money they always play for money and IPL was another case of money making scheme anyways its good for us and for our country soo pakistanis players should stop runing after money..

  • hassan on January 19, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    PAK players not in the IPL!? Wat a joke! BCCI plays its part again! Dont tell me that this was a commercial decision as many franchises had money left over and could have purchesed a pak player for cheap and if the Indian Government denied them entry into India again, then they wouldn't have to pay the player!!!!!! Surely one can "gamble" a mere amount for a potential tournament winner......least we forget Sohail Tanvir! JUST POLITICS and a move to isolate PAK cricket!

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