Mumbai - India's limited-overs captain Mahendra
Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina will play for new franchises Pune and Rajkot for
the coming two seasons of the Indian Premier League.
Pune and Rajkot are temporary replacements
for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who are suspended for two years
over corruption and spot-fixing in 2013.
Players from Chennai and Rajasthan were
made available in a draft Tuesday for the two teams to pick five players each
at the salary they were getting with their old teams. Dhoni was earning $2
million per season at Chennai while Raina used to get $1.5 million.
Australian captain Steven Smith, South
African batsman Faf du Plessis and Indians Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran
Ashwin were also selected by Pune.
Rajkot picked India all-rounder Ravindra
Jadeja, flamboyant New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum, Australian all-rounder
James Faulkner and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
The remaining players from Chennai and
Rajasthan will be available to Pune and Rajkot in an auction to be conducted in
Last week, New Rising Consortium-owned Pune
and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected as the
replacement franchises following a reverse-bidding process in which bidders
were asked to discount their annual revenue share of $6 million.
New Rising gave up that revenue entirely
and also committed to pay $2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay
$1.5 million per year.