Misbah goes to Bangalore in IPL auction

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Misbah ul-HaqMumbai: The Bangalore Royal Challengers bought the dashing Pakistani middle order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq, who nearly took his team to victory in the ICC World Twenty20 last year, for USD 1,25,000 at the second players auction here today.

India's Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Virat Kohli was also picked up by Bangalore Royal Challengers.

South African batsman Ashwell Prince, who had not found any buyers in the first players auction last month was this time picked up by Mumbai Indians for USD 1,75,000 while Mohd Yousuf once again suffered the ignominy of not being bid.

The Mumbai Indians also picked up two under-19 players, Saurabh Tiwary and Manish Pandey.

Dimitri Mascarenhas, the England allrounder, was picked by the Jaipur franchise for USD 1,00,000 making him the first England player to be auctioned at the IPL.

There had been a question mark over the participation of English players - excluded from the first round of the auction - in the IPL season, as it overlaps with the beginning of the county season. However, his county, Hampshire, has said it will give Mascarenhas the necessary no-objection certificate.

The Jaipur franchise also signed up South African fast bowler Morne Morkel (USD 60,000), Australian allrounder Shane Watson (USD 1,25,000), Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir (USD 1,00,000) and a couple of Indian U-19 players, Taruwar Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja.

The Kolkata franchise, now named the Kolkata Knight Riders, has bought two Pakistanis - Salman Butt (USD 1,00,000) and Mohammad Hafeez (USD 1,00,000) - and two U-19 players, Siddarth Kaul and Iqbal Abdulla.

Australians James Hopes (USD 3,00,000) and Luke Pomersbach for USD 50,000 and New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills for USD 1,50,000, have been bought by the Mohali franchise, in addition to two U-19 players, Tanmay Srivastava and Ajitesh Argal.

Pradeep Sangwan, the left-arm seamer, who impressed in his debut Ranji Trophy season and at the U-19 World Cup, will represent the Delhi Daredevils, as will uncapped Tasmanian fast bowler Brett Geeves, who was brought for USD 50,000.

Bangalore also signed up Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq (USD 50,000), New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (USD 100,000) and Indian U-19 wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami.

Napoleon Einstein and Abhinav Mukund, two Tamil Nadu players from the U-19 World Cup, and Vidarbha's Viraj Kadbe will represent the Chennai Super Kings.

The fees for the under-19 players had been fixed across the board at USD 30,000 for this year.

''The U-19 selection was based on the draft system based on leagues like US NFL system,'' Lalit Modi, chairman of the DLF Indian Premier League said.


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