Ponting, Clarke on Top IPL 2013 Auction

Ponting, Clarke on Top IPL 2013 Auction.Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, the current Australian Test captain and his predecessor, have attracted the highest base price of $400,000 each ahead of the IPL player auction, which will be held on February 3 in Chennai. hey are not exactly Twenty20 stars but retired Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and his successor Michael Clarke have attracted the highest base price of $400,000 (approx Rs 2.1 crore) among the 101 names who will go under the hammer in the IPL players’ auction to be held on Sunday.

There are four marquee players in the list, the other two being South African all-rounder Johan Botha and out-of-favour Indian pacer RP Singh, whose base price has been pegged at $100,000 (Rs 53.3 lakh).

Singh was bought by Mumbai Indians last year for $600,000 but after a dismal show of 10 wickets from 11 matches, he was released by the franchise.

While Clarke was previously with Pune Warriors Indians, Ponting played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first season. Botha, on the other hand, has attracted a base price of $300,000 (Rs 1.6 crore).

There are marquee players in the list, the other being South African all-rounder Johan Botha and out-of-favour Indian pacer RP Singh, whose base cost has been pegged at $100,000 (Rs 53.3 lakh).

Ponting, Clarke on Top IPL 2013 Auction

Ponting, Clarke on Top in IPL 2013 Auction

Singh was bought by Mumbai Indians last year for $600,000 but after a dismal show of ten wickets from 11 matches, they was released by the franchise.

The list includes seven Indians, Englishmen and Irish all-rounder Kevin O’Brien.

While Clarke was historicallyin the past with Pune Warriors Indians, Ponting played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first season. Botha, on the other hand, has attracted a base cost of $300,000 (Rs one.6 crore).

Although Clarke and Ponting have attracted the highest base cost but their T20 credentials are not exactly fascinating. Clarke retired from the format a couple of years ago, while the 38-year-old Ponting did not click along with his preliminary franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.

Darren Sammy, who captained the West Indies in their World Twenty20 Championships triumph last year, will be among the first-timers up on the market. His base cost has been set at $100,000.

The auction is expected to be a low-key affair owing to lack of star players in the list.

Among other international players, England’s Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara, both of whom went unsold last season, have a base cost of $100,000 and $200,000 (Rs one.06 crore).

“Apart from filling in sure little gaps, I do not see any sizable action happening this time around. Also with the player contracts expiring after the 2013 season, it would be difficult to place your bets on any sizable buys,” a franchise official was quoted as saying.

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