Sammy, Rampaul get IPL picks
West Indies captain Darren Sammy and Trinidad and Tobago pacer Ravi Rampaul were two of five Caribbean players purchased by Indian Premier League clubs yesterday at the auction for cricket's biggest Twenty20 league.
Sammy was picked up for US$425,000 by the Hyderabad Sunrisers, the franchise previously known as the Deccan Chargers.
Rampaul, who missed both Trinidad and Tobago's victorious Caribbean T20 campaign last month and the current West Indies one-day series in Australia because of injury, was bought by Royal Chargers Bangalore for US$290,000.
Another seasoned campaigner, fast bowler Fidel Edwards got the nod of the Rajasthan Royals for US$210,000.
While Sammy, Rampaul and Edwards were all part of the West Indies' champion World T20 squad last year, the other IPL selectees owed their picks to performances in the Caribbean T20.
Guyanese all-rounder Christopher Barnwell was also chosen by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$50,000. Barnwell, who has played four T20 Internationals for West Indies, was Man-of-the-Match in the playoff against Jamaica that put Guyana into the final following his 88 off 49 balls.
Overall, he scored a tournament-leading 245 runs at an average of 35.00 and took six wickets at an economy rate of 5.54.
Seamer Jason Holder, currently representing the West Indies Down Under, took seven wickets in the regional series with an economy rate of 6.04. And he was picked up yesterday by the Chennai Super Kings, the team of Dwayne Bravo for US$20,000.
However, there were no takers for Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Sulieman Benn.
Marquee players Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree and Kevon Cooper were not involved in the auction as they all already hold IPL contracts.
The biggest purchase in the auction however was Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who was bought by the Mumbai Indians for US$1m. He was the only million-dollar man in the auction.
The 2013 edition of the IPL will run from April 3 to May 26.