Ryder and Mills secure IPL contracts
New Zealanders Jesse Ryder and Kyle Mills both secured Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket contracts at the second edition of the overseas player auction tonight.
Ryder was sold for $US160,000 ($NZ318,280) to the Bangalore Royal Challengers and will join New Zealand teammate Ross Taylor and England star Kevin Pietersen, who earlier sold for a record $US1.55 million, matching his teammate Andrew Flintoff (Chennai).
Ryder's base price was $US100,000, and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings raised the bid to $US150,000 before Bangalore upped the bid by $US10,000 to secure the big-hitting opener and medium pacer.
Currently sidelined with a shoulder injury, Ryder hopes to be fit for the Indian tour of New Zealand starting this month.
Mills soon followed and will join the Mumbai Indians for his base price of $US150,000. Mumbai were the only side to bid for the senior New Zealand paceman.
But there was bad news for the other New Zealander on offer, allrounder James Franklin, who set his base price at $US50,000 but attracted no bids.
The IPL reduced the overseas player pool to 43 this week, with New Zealanders Tim Southee, Jeetan Patel, Peter Fulton, Jamie How, Mark Gillespie and Chris Martin missing the cut. There were just 17 spots available tonight.
Ryder and Mills will join Taylor, Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram and Scott Styris as the New Zealand contingent in the second edition of the IPL in April.