IPL auction: Graeme Swann attracts top price
England offspinner Graeme Swann has attracted the highest reserve price of $400,000 ahead of the IPL players’ auction, to be held in Bangalore on February 4. The IPL Governing Council has shortlisted 183 players for the upcoming auction, including 25 Zimbabweans but leaving no room for players from Pakistan. Players from the Kochi Tuskers franchise will be included at a later date.
Swann’s England team-mate James Anderson and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was in December ruled out of action for an expected period of five to six months, were placed in the $300,000 bracket. Former Australian spinners Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill and former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood – now an England resident – may not have played international cricket for four years but they are one of 25 names to attract reserve prices of $100,000.
The list featured 120 capped players, with Zimbabwe having the highest number (25) followed by West Indies (22), Sri Lanka (21), Australia and South Africa (15) and England and New Zealand (1).
Peter Siddle, Matt Prior, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright, Rikki Clarke and Vernon Philander were all valued at a reserve price of $200,000. Hogg, MacGill and Mahmood will be joined in the $100,000 bracket by Xavier Doherty, Adam Voges, Jade Dernbach, Simon Jones, Kyle Mills, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Morne van Wyk, Imran Tahir, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Darren Bravo, Brendan Taylor, and the uncapped Ben Cutting and Tom Maynard.