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Caribbean flair knocks out Pak star power

Keiron Pollard and Kemar Roach picked up USD 750,000 and USD 720,000 respectively at the IPL auction in Mumbai.

Press Trust Of India |January 19, 2010, 2:20 PM IST
Caribbean flair knocks out Pak star power

Mumbai: The explosive Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand paceman Shane Bond emerged as the most expensive players, being sold for a whopping USD 750,000 (app Rs 3.42 crore) at the auction for the third edition of the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday.

West Indies paceman Kemar Roach was the second costliest player sold to Deccan Chargers for USD 720,000.

It was a four-way tie among Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders to grab Pollard and eventually Mumbai won the player through a silent tie-breaker bid in the high profile auction which saw no Pakistani player being sold out.

The price of the silent bid was not disclosed by the organisers with IPL Chairman Lalit Modi saying that the information will be confined to the bidders and them.

Like Pollard, a keen tussle was witnessed to grab Kiwi paceman Bond with Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers making the highest bid.

After a tie-breaker, the Kolkata grabbed the paceman.

Delhi Daredevils bought South African all rounder Wayne Parnell for USD 610,000 against a base price of USD 200,000.

Rajasthan Royals bought retired Australian Damien Martyn for USD 100,000 apart from securing the services of Adam Voges for USD 50,000.

Chennai Super Kings recalled South African Justin Kemp by paying USD 100,000 and also bought emerging Sri Lankan batsman Thisara Perera for USD 50,000.

Mohammed Kaif, the only Indian player featuring in the auction, went unsold in the first round but was later bought by Kings XI Punjab for USD 250,000. They also recalled South African Yusuf Abdullah.

Royal Challengers Bangalore bid for just one player and got England's Eoin Morgan for USD 220,000.

In all, 56 players remained unsold out of 67 that went under the hammer.

Three Under-19 Indian players at a fixed price of Rs 8 lakh were also in the auction list.

Royal Challengers Bangalore chose U-19 skipper Ashok Maneria, Deccan Chargers preferred Harmeet Singh and Mumbai Indians opted for Harshal Patel.

The third edition of the extremely popular Twenty20 tournament will begin from March 12.

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