James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
The IPL players auction lived up to its promise of drama and suspense with Kieron Pollard, Shane Bond, Wayne Parnell and Kemar Roach grabbing big money contracts.
The stars of the auction were undoubtedly Pollard and Bond who both went for bids of the maximum £750,000, In both cases this resulted in a secret tie-breaker auction.
Pollard sparked a fierce bidding ware with four teams entering the tie-breaker with the Mumbai Indians beating off competition from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.
The results of the secret bidding won't be announced but all monies over the $750,000 bidding cap will go to the Indian Premier League.
Bond, who's base rate was only $100,000 also sparked a lot of interest with the Kolkata Knight Riders beating off the Deccan Chargers to claim Bond in the secret tie-breaker auction.
With a base price of $200,000 South African pace bowler Wayne Parnell will be happy to have been brought by the Delhi Daredevil for $610,000. West Indian bowler will be another happy player today Kemar Roach after signing a deal with the Deccan Chargers for $720,000.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off the deal of the night picking up highly rated England youngster Eoin Morgan for just $220,000.
Over players sold include Damien Martyn (Rajasthan Royals), Thisara Perera (Chennai Super Kings), Justin Kemp (Chennai Super Kings), Adam Voges (Rajasthan Royals), Yusuf Abdulla (Kings XI Punjab) and Mohammed Kaif (Kings XI Punjab).
After weeks of speculation over the inclusion of Pakistan cricketers in the IPL auction none of the 11 players from Pakistan were sold leaving some of the worlds best Twenty20 players without teams.
With tension between Indian and Pakistan remaining high none of the 8 IPL franchises wanted to take any risks signing any of the Pakistan cricketers.