Final moves made in second auction
Pakistani batsman Misbah-ul-Haq was lapped up in quick time but his compatriot Mohammad Yousuf suffered the ignominy of not being bid for during the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auctions.
Misbah, who was picked for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa last year at the expense of the experienced Yousuf, was bought by Vijay Mallya’s Bangalore Franchisee for Rupees 50 lakh.
Misbah’s selection for the T20 championship had caused a furor and even led to a peeved Yousuf signing up for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) before the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) persuaded him to play for the country again and look at the IPL as an option.
Misbah, who justified his selection with some superb innings in South Africa and subsequently shone during a One Day International series in India, was rewarded for his performances, but Yousuf had to be content with the assured base price despite his much longer international career.
Bangalore also bought Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq for Rs 20 lakhs and Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor for Rs 40 lakhs apart from getting under-19 skipper Virat Kohli from the drafts system that was put in for the junior players.
Two of Misbah's fellow Pakistan team-mates were bagged by Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata team. Openers Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez were both bought for Rs 40 lakhs each.
Jaipur, which was fined for not spending the prescribed minimum amount in the first auction, bought all-rounders Shane Watson (Australia) for Rs 50 lakhs, Morne Morkel (South Africa) for Rs 24 lakhs, Dmitry Mascarenhas (England) for Rs 40 lakhs, Pakistani seam bowler Sohail Tanveer for Rs 40 lakhs and a couple of Indian U-19 players in Taruwar Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja.
Mohali spent a whopping 1.2 crores on Aussie all-rounder James Hopes. Kiwi pacer Kyle Mills also went to Mohali for half that amount as did Luke Pomerbach, another Australian all-rounder.
Ashwell Prince who wasn't purchased in the first auction had gone to Mumbai for Rs 70 lakh.
Pradeep Sangwan, a promising left-arm pace bowler who was part of the under-19 team that played in the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, was taken by his home team Delhi.
A set of 25 players were up for auction in the second phase of bidding. Unlike in the earlier auction, there was no reserve price for these centrally contracted players and bidding started at US $ 50,000 (Rs. 20 lakh)
Franchisees, however, have the option of contracting players on a one-year basis.
The governing council of the IPL had earlier determined that the 16 players who were part of the just-concluded U-19 World Cup squad (plus one U-19 player to be nominated by the council) would not be auctioned and would be allocated to the franchisees on a draft format. Each of the 16 players could only be signed on a one-year contract at a fee of $30,000.
The IPL governing council also set a minimum player fee of US $ 20,000 for under 22 players and US $ 50,000 for other Ranji and non-auction players.