Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara and dashing Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist are among the foreign players up for grabs in the top bracket base price for the upcoming auctions of Indian Premier League 4.
The biggest surprise was the name of West Indian batting legend Lara, who last played an ODI in 2007, in the top bracket. while hard-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle is the only other West Indies player in the top rung.
Around 400 overseas players have expressed their desire to participate in the fourth edition of the IPL. All have been grouped in six brackets ranging from $20,000 to $400,000.
Pakistan's cricketers will be deprived yet again to feature in the IPL bonanza after none of them were included in the auction.
Reigning World T-20 champions England have six players Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy in the top fray.
However, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke’s name don't figure in the list released by the IPL governing council to the franchisees.
Among the Australians, Shaun Marsh, top run-getter in IPL-1, Gilchrist, former skipper of Deccan Chargers and pace ace Brett Lee find a place in the top bracket base price.
The second base price bracket of $300,000 includes the Hussey brothers, Mike and David, while Twenty20 specialist David Warner is placed in the third bracket with a base price of $200,000.
Shakib Al Hasan is the player with highest base price of $200,000. Mohammed Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal have base prices of $50,000 and 100,000 respectively.
South African captain Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers are in the top bracket too. New Zealand have their skipper Daniel Vettori, deputy Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum in the top tier.
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara is absent from the elite group as only two Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and TM Dilshan feature in the top list .
The auction takes place in Bangalore on 8th -9th January for the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament, to be held in April and May.
Top Bracket Base Price ($400,000)
England: Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum
Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Brett Lee
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Brian Lara
South Africa: Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.
Sri Lanka: TM Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene
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