Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Five West Indians pick up IPL contracts

Dwayne Smith headlines a list of five West Indies players who were bought yesterday during the 2014 Indian Premier League auction.

Smith commanded US $750,000 to move the Chennai Super Kings from Mumbai Indians, while West Indies Skipper West Indies Darren Sammy was bought for US$533,000 and returned to Sunrise Hyderabad.

West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul, was purchased for US$150,000, also returning to his 2013 team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Barbadian seamer Jason Holder gets a stint at a new team. Sunrisers at a cost of US $125,000.

T&T leg-spinner Samuel Badree was bought by Chennai Super Kings for US$50,000.

Other T&T players Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath and Denesh Ramdin went unsold on the first day. The uncapped players will be auctioned on the second day today. Evin Lewis and Kevon Cooper were on the initial list of uncapped players but will be hoping to be selected today from the list of uncapped players and the capped players who went unsold on the first day.

Five players, Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh ( a record US $2.33 million) and Dinesh Karthik (US $ 2.08 million), dismissed England international Kevin Pietersen (US $ 1.5 million) and Australians Glen Maxwell (US $ 1 million) and Mitchell Johnson (US $ 1.08million) were the top five earners, even as the eight franchise teams ignored Sri Lankan and English cricketers.

Among the leading stars who remained unsold on the opening day were Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, and South Africans Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell. Former New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor also surprisingly found no buyers. Others who remained unsold included Brett Lee and a host of West Indian players, including Trinidad and Tobago cricketers Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin, Guyanese cricketers Veerasammy Permaul and Devindra Bishoo and Barbadian Suliemann Benn

Marquee players Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo were not involved in the auction as they all already hold IPL contracts.