Barbadian among big WI picks for IPL auction – Roach is hot commodity
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High-flying Bajan pacer Kemar Roach and monster-hitter Kieron Pollard are the two big picks among the eight West Indian names on the auction block for IPL 3.
The Barbadian pacer who recently impressed in Australia with his blistering and deceptive pace is sure to secure a substantial deal when the auction is held on January 19th.
Pollard too can be confident of one of the eight IPL franchises expending a significant amount of money to secure his services. Pollard blasted a match winning half century for Trinidad and Tobago against the New South Wales Blues in the Champions League and was immediately branded by IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi as ‘the pick’ for the auction.
Captain of the Deccan Chargers, Adam Gilchrist publicly announced that his franchise is interested in Roach and it is being reported that Kolkata Knight Riders have shown interest in both Roach and Pollard.
The big Trinidadian all rounder is currently on show in Australia for the South Australian Redbacks while concerns over his fitness has caused the WICB to not release Roach for a stint with the Queensland Bulls in the ongoing KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.
The other West Indians on the list of 96 players up for auction are former captain and middle order stalwart Ramnaresh Sarwan, inspirational Trinidad and Tobago captain Darren Ganga, T&T opener Lendl Simmons, Jamaican duo of wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and batting all rounder Wavell Hinds and Barbadian fast bowler Tino Best.
Sarwan played for the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the inaugural IPL but was cut for IPL2 in South Africa while Hinds (Ahmedabad) and Best (Mumbai) had featured in the unofficial Indian Cricket League alongside Brian Lara among others.
All the Windies players up for auction have worn West Indies colours and if successful they will join captain Chris Gayle (Kolkata Knight Riders), Dwayne Bravo (Mumbai Indians), Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith (both of Deccan Chargers) in the IPL.
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor had secured a contract with Kings XI for IPL2 but injury forced him to withdraw. A back injury which caused him to cut short his tour of Australia has once again sidelined him from contention for awhich kicks off on March 12 and runs until April 25th.