Cricket

Morris bought for R5.5m in IPL

2013-02-03 16:49
Chris Morris (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Highveld Lions fast bowler Chris Morris has attracted the highest bid from a South African player when the Indian Premier League (IPL) draw was held in Chennai on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Morris, who has one international Twenty20 cap behind his name, was scooped up by the Chennai Super Kings for $625 000 (R5 525 000m)

Other South Africans also signed on Sunday were off-spinner Johan Botha (Delhi Daredevils - $450 000), wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (Sunrisers Hyderabad - $20 000) and all-rounder Ryan McLaren (Kolkata Knight Riders - $50 000).

Click to view the IPL player list at the 2013 auction

According to the Cricinfo website, Australia's Glenn Maxwell was the most expensive player, bought for $1 000 000 by the Mumbai Indians.

In all, 37 players were sold on the day and $11.9m was spent. While most franchises used up substantial portions of their $12.5m salary cap, three of them - Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI and Royals - used only around half their purse.

The IPL starts Wednesday, April 4 with the final scheduled for Sunday, May 26.

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