No buyers for Afridi, other Pakistani players at IPL
MUMBAI: Playersĺ auction is underway for the third edition of the Indian Premier League here today but this is strange to note that None of the 11 Pakistanis who went under the hammer, including the king of Twenty20 cricket, Shahid Afridi and the best player of the first IPL, Sohail Tanvir were sold despite their national team being the reigning World Twenty20 champions.
The auction of the IPL players began with bidding for Shahid Afridi but none of the eight franchises of the IPL expressed interest in buying him.
Similar treatment was done with kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Nazir and Mohammad Aamer.
Afridiĺs auction started with a base price of $250,000 but no franchise company made any offer.
Of the 66 players up for bid, only 11 were sold, with West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond drawing the highest prices at 750,000 dollars each.
Pollard was picked up by Mumbai Indians, owned by Indiaĺs richest industrialist Mukesh Ambani, while Bond went to Bollywood star Shahrukh Khanĺs Kolkata Knight Riders.
Another West Indian, Kemar Roach, attracted 720,000 dollars from 2009 champions Deccan Chargers. Promising South African paceman Wayne Parnell was sold to Delhi Daredevils for 610,000 dollars.
The auction was held for cricketers not already linked with any IPL team and was limited to the third edition, which will be held across India from March 12 to April 25.
From 2011 onwards, when the number of teams will be increased from eight to 10, a fresh auction will be held for all cricketers for a three-year term.
Other star players who were ignored at the auction were Australian Test wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, England spinner Graeme Swann, West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan and Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.
The third edition of the extremely popular Twenty20 tournament will begin from March 12.