Around $3.65 million (Rs16.6 crore) was spent on 11 players in the auction for the third season of the Indian Premier League (IPL)—over players who have either played too little or seen too many summers.
Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi, flanked by Rajasthan Royals’ actors Shilpa Shetty (left) and of Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta (right) addresses a press conference after the IPL player auction in Mumbai. Rajanish Kakade / AP
For instance, the Deccan Chargers paid $720,000 for West Indies’ 22-year-old Kemar Roach, whose claim to fame is knocking Ricky Ponting on the elbow and bowling consistently at over 150 kmph. He has played only two T20 matches for the West Indies. Rajasthan Royals paid $100,000 for 38-year-old Damien Martyn, whose last international match for Australia was in 2006. Rajasthan Royals partner Shilpa Shetty said the decision was captain Shane Warne’s, Martyn’s teammate in a dominant Australian side for many years.
Eight franchisees gathered at the newly opened Trident in the Bandra Kurla complex in Mumbai to bid for the 12 spots up for grabs. The maximum they could spend was $750,000, choosing from a list of 67 players. Unlike last year’s auction, when England’s Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff went for $1.55 million, this was a quiet affair, with teams having relatively less to spend from a poorer pool of players.
New Zealand’s Shane Bond and Kieron Pollard of the West Indies got over $750,000, the contest going into a tie breaker after more than one team matched the maximum possible bid. Mumbai got Pollard, beating Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, while the injury-prone, former Indian Cricket League (ICL) rebel Bond went to Kolkata Knight Riders, beating the Deccan Chargers for undisclosed sums. IPL officials would not declare the “secret” amount, known only to the teams and commissioner Lalit Modi. The Chargers, disappointed and in rebound, grabbed Roach.
No team bid for any of the Pakistani players, including Shahid Afridi, for undisclosed reasons, though most owners said they selected players based on a “strategy” and availability.
The next season of IPL begins 12 March.
New additions in IPL
Kieron Pollard (West Indies), over $750,000 by Mumbai Indians
Shane Bond (New Zealand), over $750,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Kemar Roach (West Indies), $720,000 by Deccan Chargers
Wayne Parnell (South Africa), $610,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Eoin Morgan (England), $220,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Damien Martyn (Australia), $100,000 by Rajasthan Royals
Thissara Perera (Sri Lanka), $50,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Justin Kemp (South Africa), $100,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Adam Voges (Australia), $50,000 by Rajasthan Royals
Yusuf Abdulla (South Africa), $50,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Mohammed Kaif (India), $250,000 by Kings XI Punjab