IPL auction: Going, going, gone

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: India one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni went for a huge 1.5 million dollars on Wednesday as some of the world's best players were auctioned off for the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chennai paid nearly four times the wicketkeeper-batsman's base price of 400,000 dollars in the opening round of the novel sell-off, held before the lucrative tournament's debut in April.

Eight franchise owners, including corporate tycoons and Bollywood actors, bid for 77 cricketers in a pioneering process that some observers believe will change the face of the game.

Retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was bought by Jaipur at his base price of 450,000 dollars, while compatriot Adam Gilchrist went to Hyderabad for 700,000 dollars.

Record-breaking Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was bought by Chennai for 600,000 dollars, while his national captain Mahela Jayawardene went to Mohali for 475,000 dollars.

Kolkata bought controversial Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for 425,000 dollars as bidding, orchestrated by English auctioneer Richard Madley, continued at a five-star hotel.

The spending of eight teams -- Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Mohali -- is capped at five million dollars for a maximum of eight overseas players.

Each player will receive his auction price as an annual wage over the initial three-year contract.

The tournament, starting on April 18, will be the first time international cricketers will ditch their national allegiances to play for privately owned sides, after organisers raised more than a billion dollars to fund the venture.

A total of 13 Australians are up for grabs, with many expected to attract fierce bidding based on their competitive reputation.

Also in the fray are 25 Indians, 11 Sri Lankans, 11 South Africans, eight Pakistanis, five New Zealanders, three West Indians and one Zimbabwean.

Indians Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag have been given 'iconic' status, which means they will not be auctioned off and will lead their home teams.

Each will get 15 percent more than the highest-paid player in his side.

Cricket Australia's restrictions that bar more than two of its players from appearing in the same team also adds to the competitive flavour of the 44-day tournament to be played in 12 Indian cities.

The IPL was conceived to counter the rebel Indian Cricket League, which recently held its tournament in northern India with big names like West Indies' Brian Lara and Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq.

It is the brainchild of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and is backed by the International Cricket Council.

IPL franchisee shopping

Set Player Name
Availability Bidding price Team
A MS Dhoni (Ind) Entire tournament $1.5 million Chennai
A Shane Warne (Aus) Entire tournament $450,000 Jaipur
A Adam Gilchrist (Aus) Entire tournament $700,000 Hyderabad
A Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) From April 27 $425,000 Kolkata
A Mahela Jayawardena (SL) Entire tournament $475,000 Mohali
A Muttiah Muralidaran (SL) Entire tournament $600, 000 Chennai
B Anil Kumble (Ind) Entire tournament $500,000 Bangalore
B Glenn McGrath (Aus) Entire tournament $350,000 Delhi
B Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) From April 27 Withdrawn -
B Harbhajan Singh (Ind) Entire tournament $850,000 Mumbai
B Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) Entire tournament $975,000 Mumbai
B Kumar Sangakarra (SL) Entire tournament $700,000 Mohali
C Ricky Ponting (Aus) Not in "08 $400,000
C Brett Lee (Aus) Not in "08 $900,000
C Andrew Symonds (Aus) Not in "08 $1.35 Million
C Michael Hussey (Aus) Not in "08 $350,000 Chennai
C Daniel Vettori (NZ) Until May 5 $625,000
C Matthew Hayden (Aus) Not in "08 $375,000 Chennai
C Brendan McCullum (NZ) Until May 5 $700,000
C Jacob Oram (NZ) Until May 5 $675,000
D Stephen Fleming (NZ) Entire tournament $350,000
D Graeme Smith (SA) Entire tournament $475,000 Jaipur
D Herschelle Gibbs (SA) Entire tournament $575,000 Hyderabad
D Chris Gayle (WI) Until May 16 $800,000 Kolkata
D Shoaib Malik (Pak) From April 27 $500,000 Delhi
D Shahid Afridi (Pak) From April 27 $675,000 Hyderabad
D Younis Khan (Pak) From April 27 $225,000 Jaipur
D Mohammad Asif (Pak) From April 27 $650,000 Delhi
D Jacques Kallis (SA) Entire tournament $900,000 Bangalore
D Zaheer Khan (Ind) Entire tournament $450,000 Bangalore
D S Sreesanth (Ind) Entire tournament $625,000 Mohali
E Dinesh Karthik (Ind) Entire tournament $525,000 Delhi
E A B deVilliers (SA) Entire tournament $300,000 Delhi
E Mark Boucher (SA) Entire tournament $450,000 Bangalore
E Parthiv Patel (Ind) Entire tournament $325,000 Chennai
E Kamran Akmal (Pak) From April 27 $150,000 Jaipur
E Tatenda Taibu (Zim) Entire tournament $125,000
F Albie Morkel (SA) Entire tournament $675,000 Chennai
F Ajit Agarkar (Ind) Entire tournament $350,000 Kolkata
F Shaun Pollock (SA) Entire tournament $550,000 Mumbai
F Irfan Pathan (Ind) Entire tournament $925,000 Mohali
F Scott Styris (NZ) Entire tournament $175,000
F Farveez Maharoof (SL) Entire tournament $225,000 Delhi
F Tillakeratne Dilshan (SL) Entire tournament $250,000 Delhi
F Cameron White (Aus) Entire tournament $500,000 Bangalore
F Yusuf Pathan (Ind) Entire tournament $475,000 Jaipur
F Joginder Sharma (Ind) Entire tournament $225,000 Chenna
G Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI) Until May 16 $225,000
G Simon Katich (Aus) Entire tournament $200,000 Mohali
G Justin Langer (Aus) Not in 08 $200,000 Jaipur
G Gautam Gambhir (Ind) Entire tournament $750,000 Delhi
G Robin Uthappa (Ind) Entire tournament $800,000 Mumbai
G S Chanderpaul (WI) Until May 16 $200,000 Bangalore
G Ashwell Prince (SA) Entire tournament Withdrawn
G VVS Laxman (Ind) Entire tournament $375,000 Hyderabad
G Wasim Jaffer (Ind) Entire tournament $150,000 Bangalore
G Rohit Sharma (Ind) Entire tournament $750,000 Hyderabad
G Loots Bosman (SA) Entire tournament $175,000 Mumbai
G Mohammad Kaif (Ind) Entire tournament $675,000 Jaipur
G Suresh Raina (Ind) Entire tournament $650,000 Chennai
G Manoj Tiwary (Ind)
Entire tournament
Chamara Silva (SL) Entire tournament
David Hussey (Aus)
Entire tournament
Nathan Bracken (Aus) Entire tournament $325,000
RP Singh (Ind) Entire tournament
H Murali Kartik (Ind) Entire tournament $425,000
H Makhaya Ntini (SA) Entire tournament $200,000
H Lasith Malinga (SL) Entire tournament $350,000
H Chaminda Vaas (SL) Entire tournament $200,000
H Ramesh Powar (Ind) Entire tournament $170,000
H Umar Gul (Pak)
From April 27 $150,000
H Dale Steyn (SA)
Entire tournament $325,000
H Dilhara Fernando (SL) Entire tournament $150,000
H Ishant Sharma (Ind) Entire tournament $950,000
H Piyush Chawla (Ind) Entire tournament $400,000
H Munaf Patel (Ind)
Entire tournament $275,000
H Nuwan Zoysa (SL)
Entire tournament $110,000
Sets A to D:
Marquee players based on their skills, recent performance and availability
Set E: Wicketkeepers
Set F: All-rounder
Set G: Batsmen
Set H: Bowlers


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