Aussies await second IPL player auction
Source - theage.com.au
Fringe Australian players Brad Hodge, Shane Watson, James Hopes and Luke Pomersbach are set to cash in on the second Indian Premier League player auction on Tuesday night.
The eight franchises have the chance to bolster their playing stocks with the Australian quartet not overly encumbered by national duties during the competition starting on April 18.

Hopes has become a regular in the national one-day side but the other three should be able to clear their calendars easily enough.

Team owners reportedly have varying amounts left in their kitties after spending between $US3.3 million ($A3.56 million) and $US5 million ($A5.4 million) at the first auction last month.

They range from Mumbai's $US53,750 ($A58,000) to Jaipur's $US1.7 million ($A1.84 million).

Pomersbach, who made his international Twenty20 debut for Australia in Perth in December, said he was prepared to play for free.

"I am pretty excited about it, because I did not think I would have a chance - but I have, and it will be a chance to play with some serious cricketers," said the dashing batsman.

"It is a good opportunity for me and I just have to wait and see what happens.

"I have been told to keep my phone on and wait for my manager to talk to me. I would be happy to go over for free and play that standard of cricket and cricketers.

"I will be able to learn so much from them, but I will take anything I can get."

His Western Australia coach Tom Moody, who will oversee Mohali in the IPL, warned the franchises wouldn't have as much to spend following the huge money thrown around at the first auction.

"It would be a positive thing if they do get snapped up, because it is only going to help their game to be involved in a high level competition and surround themselves with international players and learn from them," he said.

"But I know a lot of the franchises have had their funds exhausted - there are only a few that have got a few pennies left in the bank so we will see what happens."

The second auction also includes Pakistan run machine Mohammad Yousuf and seven New Zealanders including young batting star Ross Taylor.