Peterson tops at IPL auction
Cape Town - Proteas spinner Robin Peterson fetched the highest bid of the 29-man South African contingent that were listed in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) auction in Bangalore.
According to The New Age website, Peterson was snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $100 000 in what turned out to be a very disappointing night for SA cricketers.
Kolkata also forked out $50 000 for youngster Marchant de Lange while veteran batsman Herschelle Gibbs was added to the Mumbai Indians’ squad for the same sum.
Early indications were that Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Vernon Philander were hot property and would easily have fetched in excess of $100 000.
Instead they joined wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in a long list of men who will be disappointed that they failed to attract any interest from the lucrative league’s big spenders.
Peterson, De Lange and Gibbs will join Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Colin Ingram, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis who were contracted to the IPL prior to this auction.
Teams have been allowed to increase their squads from 30 to 33 and the number of foreign players from 10 to 11. However, only a maximum of four foreigners can play in any game.
This year's IPL will be played from April 4 to May 27.
List of top gainers and losers at the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore on Saturday:
Ravindra Jadeja (IND) - $2 million to Chennai Super Kings
Mahela Jayawardene (SRI) - $1.4 million to Delhi Daredevils
Vinay Kumar (IND) - $1 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Brendon McCullum (NZL) - $900 000 to Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine (WIS) - $700 000 to Kolkata Knight Riders
Parthiv Patel (IND) - $650 000 to Deccan Chargers
Thisara Perera (SRI) - $650 000 to Mumbai Indians
Brad Hodge (AUS) - $475 000 to Rajasthan Royals
Andre Russell (WIS) - $450 000 to Delhi Daredevils
Mitchell Johnson (AUS) - $300 000 to Mumbai Indians
Muttiah Muralitharan (SRI) - $220 000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Azhar Mahmood (ENG) - $200 000 to Kings XI Punjab
Brad Hogg (AUS) - $180 000 to Rajasthan Royals
Top players unsold:
James Anderson (ENG)
Graeme Swann (ENG)
Tamim Iqbal (BAN)
Ian Bell (ENG)
Owais Shah (ENG)
Venkatsai Laxman (IND)
Matt Prior (ENG)
Mark Boucher (RSA)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe (RSA)
Vernon Philander (RSA)
Steven Smith (AUS)
Ravi Bopara (ENG)
Peter Siddle (AUS)
Kevin O'Brien (IRL)
Jacob Oram (NZL)