Pietersen highest paid player in IPL

February 4, 2009 at 4:07 am (cricket) (, , , , , , , , )

February 6 the second auction starts at Goa. While most teams already have the core of the squad in place the players available this time can provide them just that extra edge.Some people say that IPl is the most thrilling event next to the India’s victory at lords in 1983.The second auction isn’t expected to be quite as exciting but promises its own share of thrills.Former England captain Kevin Pietersen will be the big star at the auction. His base price of $1.35 million or about Rs 8 crore stands to make him the second most expensive player in the IPL after MS Dhoni. Pietersen is likely to be snapped up by the Bangalore Royal Challengers who are desperate to overturn their disastrous campaign from last year.The other star attractions will be Andrew Flintoff and Michael Clarke. Both are expected to fetch in the range of $1 million each. According to sources Flintoff is headed for the Chennai Super Kings while the Rajasthan Royals and the Deccan Chargers will battle it out for Clarke.

South Africa’s rising star Jean-Paul Duminy is another player who has attracted a lot of interest from the franchises and he too could fetch a substantial price at the auction.While five Pakistan players have been put up for auction including leg spinner Danish Kaneria, there is still no certainty about them being available given the current political climate.All 111 players may be available according to the list released by the IPL, but only 10 per cent of these will make the final cut. Under IPL rules each franchise can only have 10 foreign players and most teams have eight or more already signed up. Also teams can only spend $2 million at this year’s auction unlike the $5 million they were allowed last year.


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