Mumbai: New Zealand's Shane Bond and West Indian Kieron Adrian Pollard fetched the highest bid prices of USD 750,000, at the Indian Premier League auction in Mumbai.
Shane Bond was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders while Pollard went to Mumbai.
Pollard attracted $750,000 bids from four franchises _ Mumbai, the Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata. The four bidders were asked to make silent bids on paper within five minutes. IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi received the bids and made announced the winner.
Kolkata went into a tiebreak with the Deccan Chargers for Bond. The silent bid amount exceeding the base price is not disclosed. The excess money _ more than the franchisees limit of $750,000 spending _ goes to IPL and not the player.
The biggest surprise in the auction was the fact that there were no takers for Pakistan's world cup hero Shahid Afridi, who was considered as one of the hottest property going into the event.
Apart from Shahid Afridi, Brad Haddin and Graem Swann also went unsold in the first round of the auction. The three had a base price of $250,000.
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India's Mohammad Kaif was sold to Kings XI Punjab for $250,000. Kaif, who went unsold in the first round, was brought back in the auction after Kings XI Punjab and Bangalore Royal Challengers bid for him.
Kaif with a base price of $100,000 was the only Indian player to be sold in the auction. He played for Rajasthan Royals in the earlier two IPL editions.
South Africa's Justin Kemp has been retained by Chennai Super Kings for the base price of USD 100,000. Australian batsman Adam Voges went to Rajasthan Royals for USD 50,000 while Kings XI Punjab got back Yusuf Abdulla of South Africa for USD 20,000.