The IPL auction: a look at the bargains of the auction

February 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm 1 comment

The Auction for the Indian Premier League will take place this Friday, with 7 English players included in the auction. Kevin Pietersen is attracting the most interest with a base price of $1.35m, and is joined by 6 other members of the England ODI squads including Andrew Flintoff. Now IPL sides are allowed 10 overseas players in their squads with about 16 places still up for grabs. England Cricket took a look at the possible bargains of the IPL auction:

1. Owais Shah
Base price: $150,000

A low base price for such a talented twenty20 player is likely to throw up huge interest. He comes with international experience and his fine innings in the ODI series in India couldn’t have done his prospects any harm. His aggressive stroke play and wristy action make him a perfect middle-order batsman for any potential suitors. With such a low base price for such a talented player, there is likely to be a lot of interested franchises.

2. JP Duminy
Base Price: $300,000

JP Duminy’s stake has continued to rise after his successes down under. He was a vital part of South Africa’s record forth innings run chase in Perth, as well as hitting a match winning 166 in Melbourne. That was followed by scores of 78 and 69 in consecutive twenty20 internationals that have surely made the franchise owners sit and watch in admiration. The 24 year old combines exquisite stroke play with the occasional brute hitting. His ability to bowl decent off-spin could enhance his chances, with a modest base proce of $300k, expect a frezy of bidding.

3. Sakib Al Hasan
Base price: $75,000

Sakib has continued his sharp improvement in the shorter game by claiming the spot as the world’s best ODI allrounder. He has had limited twenty20 matches but certainly has the ingredients to succeed looking at his recent form over the past 6 months. His bowling has started to come around and can now be considered a genuine all-rounder. He bats with great freedom, one of Bangladesh’s most talented stroke makers and bowls tidy and accurate off-spin. Commanding a very low base price, is likely to throw up a lot of interest.

4. Tyron Henderson
Base price: $100,000

One of the stars of the England domestic Twenty20 Cup, guiding Middlesex to glory. Known as ‘twenty20 specialist’, he developed his game in both departments. His ‘power hitting’ can take a game away from an opposition, along with his mixture of slower balls and great control. With such a fine season for Middlesex, it is a surprise that the IPL has set him such a low base price. He will be one of the most wanted players of the auction this year as a genuine specialist.

5. Jesse Ryder
Base Price: $100,000

Has the potential to take the IPL by storm if he can sort out the personal problems restricting his development. Has risen as an aggressive, big hitting opener, and is made for this game. Rarely plays out an innings with a strike rate lower than 100, and if he can maintain some consistency he could turn out to be a surprise of the tournament.

6. Ravi Bopara
Base price: $150,000

Another star performer of the domestic England twenty20 competition. His exploits for Essex have seen him rise as one of the best limited overs players in the Country. Has struggled to convert this form into the international stage, but his impressive showing against India, has certainly increased his stake. Has the ability to control a game, with his masterful stroke play and wristy action similar to Tendulkhar. Along with the batting he brings to the side an ability to bowl useful medium pacers and terrific fielding in the outfield.

7. Kieron Polard
Base Price: $60,000

The young West Indian is attracting huge interest from the IPL franchises. His exploits in the domestic Stanford 2020 tournament haven’t gone unnoticed. Has since failed to transform this form into the international scene but the big-hitting opener is nevertheless attracting surprising attention. With a low base price, is seen as a low risk investment, but many believe that he has the potential to signal his arrival on the big scene with a bang.

Players up for auction:

AUSTRALIA: Aaron Bird ($45,000), Brett Geeves ($45,000), Bryce McGain ($50,000), Daniel Harris ($50,000), Dominic Thornley ($50,000), George Bailey ($50,000), Jonathan Moss ($50,000), Michael Dighton ($85,000), Michael Hill ($50,000), Phil Jacques ($100,000), Shane Harwood ($75,000), Shaun Tait ($250,000), Steven Smith ($75,000), Stuart Clark ($250,000).

BANGLADESH: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ($50,000), Mohammad Ashraful ($75,000), Shakib Al Hasan ($75,000), Tamim Iqbal ($50,000).

ENGLAND: Andrew Flintoff ($950,000), Kevin Pietersen ($1,350,000), Luke Wright ($150,000), Owais Shah ($150,000), Paul Collingwood ($250,000), Ravi Bopara ($150,000), Samit Patel ($100,000),

NEW ZEALAND:James Franklin ($50,000), Jesse Ryder ($100,000), Kyle Mills ($150,000).

SOUTH AFRICA: Gulam Bodi ($100,000), J P Duminy ($300,000), Morne Van Wyk ($100,000), Tyron Henderson ($100,000), Yusuf Abdullah ($25,000).

SRI LANKA: Chamara Kapugadera ($150,000), Kaushalya Weereratne ($50,000), Nuwan Kulasekera ($100,000), Thilan Thushara ($100,000).

WEST INDIES: Dwayne Smith (TBC), Fidel Edwards ($150,000), Jerome Taylor (TBC), Kemar Roach ($50,000), Kieron Pollard ($60,000)


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