Flintoff and Pietersen are the most expensive IPL players

February 6, 2009 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Both Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen went to their respective franchises for $1.55m, to become the most expensive IPL cricket 09 players. In an amazing event 5 of the 7 England players were brought in the auction for higher than their base price. Only Samit Patel and Luke Wright ended as the unsold English players up for sale.With each IPL franchise only allowed to have ten foreign players in the squads, there were only 17 spots up for grabs for nearly 50 players. The auction started off in Pool A where Kevin Pietersen went for $1.55m to Bangalore Royal challengers. In the same pool, Andrew Flintoff also fetched $1.55m from Chennai Super Kings, to become joint most expensive players. Elsewhere, in the pool, on form JP Duminy sold for $950,000 compared to his relatively low base price of $300,000.

In the second pool, England all-rounder Paul Collingwood went to Delhi and was followed by Owais Shah for a combined fee of $550,000. In pool C, Ravi Bopara and Middlesex batsman Tyron Henderson attracted fierce bidding before both went for higher than their base price. In pool D 7 players went unsold, which included Samit Patel. He was thought to be attracting interest from several IPL franchises before the auction event but went unsold with no bids as franchises were beginning to run out of slots. Others unsold included Sakib Al Hassan and Daren Powell.

The players in pool E had a worse time with no offers for any of the 10 players including Ramnaresh Sarwan. The final pool attracted the most fierce bidding of the auction. Bangladesh bowler, Mashrafe Mortaza with a base price of £50,000 went for an amazing $600,000 as franchises looked to secure their final player. It was a nincrease of 1100% for the bowler beating the previously set 575% increase by Inshant Sharam last year.

Full list of players sold:

Pool A
Shaun Tait to Rajasthan Royals 375,000 (250,000)
JP Duminy to Mumbai Indians 950,000 (300,000)
Andrew Flintoff to Chennai Super Kings 1.55 million (950,000)
Kevin Pietersen to Bangalore Royal Challengers 1.55 million (1.35 million)

Pool B
Fidel Edwards to Deccan Chargers 150,000 (150,000)
Owais Shah to Delhi Daredevils 275,000 (150,000)
Paul Collingwood to Delhi 275,000 (250,000)
Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin and Chamara Kapugedara were unsold.

Pool C
Tyron Henderson to Rajasthan 650,000 (100,000)
Ravi Bopara to Kings XI Punjab 450,000 (150,000)
Thilan Thushara to Chennai 140,000 (125,000)
Jesse Ryder to Bangalore 160,000 (100,000)
Kyle Mills to Mumbai 150,000 (150,000)
Unsold: Ashwell Prince, Phil Jaques, Andre Nel, Luke Wright, Nuwan Kulasekara

Pool D
Dwayne Smith to Deccan Chargers 100,000 (100,000)
Jerome Taylor to Punjab 150,000 (150,000)
Mohammad Ashraful to Mumbai 75,000 (75,000)
Unsold:Samit Patel, Shakib-al-Hassan, Morne Van Wyk, Stephen Smith, Ashley Noffke, Gulam Bodi , Daren Powell

Pool E
Unsold: Tamim Iqbal, Jon Moss, Bryce McGain, James Franklin, Aiden Blizzard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Michael Klinger, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dominic Thornley

Pool F
Mashrafe Mortaza to Kolkata Knight Riders 600,000 (50,000)
George Bailey to Chennai 50,000 (50,000)
Unsold: Yusuf Abdulla, Daniel Harris, Kemar Roach, Aaron Bird, Michael Dighton, Michael Hill, Brett Geeves


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Craig  |  February 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I’m rather suprised that Tait was in the Pool A. Also Clark wasn’t sold as wasn’t Prince. Do these peoeple know who they are buying and not buying?

    Still, your site was the only place where I could find this Info so thanks very much!

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